GROK took out Hamilton’s Contact 89FM Battle of the Bands competition in 1996, and released their debut album ‘Bubbles and Noises from the Aquarium’ the following year. Reforming in London in 2006, they released two further albums, both featuring studio improvisations. Following a brief reformation of the original GROK in Hamilton in 2014, the again UK based band have just released their fourth album, ‘Screen Variations’. We talked to GROK’s Scott Brodie about the album, and their residency at London’s Genesis Cinema — where they have been providing the soundtracks for silent films, on which the songs on the new album are based. Read our full interview -> HERE <-
'Harry and the Potters' have recently released their fourth full length album, ‘Lumos’. “Who are Harry and the Potters?”, you might be asking. What is this album all about? Find out more in our 'Lumos' album review, HERE!
Kia ora koutou katoa! After a lovely wee hibernation HUP has emerged from its acorn-filled burrow and is ready to go for another year! In a somewhat lazy but ultimately genius move, HUP asked Nicola Edwards, bassist and vocalist in Repairs, and Harry Lilley of First Move, to question each other ahead of their show at Nivara Lounge tomorrow night, August 16th, with Flogging A Dead One Horse Town and locals Bitter Defeat. Click HERE to read more...
'Tekau Nga Waiata Pai', Hamilton Underground Press and The Hum 106.7FM's Top 10 of recently-released music from around New Zealand, is available now! This is our 9th Tekau Nga Waiata Pai!! Find it on our website at the link below, or get it on Free FM's website, via Apple podcasts, or Spotify!
If you want to download it, you can do it from -> HERE <-
Another whose music we have been loving up here is Wellington’s ‘YOLK’, having featured a couple of his tracks on our Hamilton Underground Press/The Hum 106.7FM's Tekau Nga Waiata Pai Top 10. On the back of a brand new release, 'SADEGO', we talked to the person behind the project, Yann Le Dorre, about the change from high-fi to low-fi between albums, his high musical productivity, and more! Find the full interview -> HERE <-
We have featured a couple of tracks by Dunedin band Milpool on our HUP/The Hum 106.7FM's Top 10 over the last few months; Mydriasis was #7 in March and Ambulance Driver made #7 in our May countdown! We talked to guitarist Tom Monaghan about Milpool's evolving sound, their future, and the ‘The Simpsons’ connection in their moniker! Read the interview -> HERE <-
'Tekau Nga Waiata Pai' is HUP and The HUM's Top 10 of recently-released music from around New Zealand! Episode 8, our May 2019 Top 10, has started airing on The HUM 106.7FM, and will be repeated each week every Monday and Friday at around 5pm. Here it is as a podcast...
One-man blues band Bob Log III will notch up his 39th show of 2019 when he plays Hamilton’s Nivara Lounge on Friday May 3, with Labretta Suede and the Motel 6 in support. He’s bound to surprise a few punters with his face-hiding crash helmet, human cannonball suit, and party-at-all-costs approach to blues guitar. HUP had a laugh-filled phone call with Bob a few days before he flew over from his adopted home in Melbourne. red the interview -> HERE <-
HUP had a quick catch up with Brian Purington of Auckland noiseniks Swallow The Rat ahead of their show at Nivara Lounge this coming Friday, April 26th. Head over to FEATURES to read about the band's brand new EP and their recent exploits at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.
'Retrospect' is a radio show and podcast that focusses on '60s garage rock, garage punk, proto-punk, freakbeat and psychedelia music. It is produced and presented by Hamilton local Phil Grey, with shows first broadcast on Free FM, then on other New Zealand community radio stations, as well as half a dozen North American stations, and has a global following via the podcasts. We talked to Phil about his interest in these ‘60s genres, his favourite songs, and all about the show itself! read the interview -> HERE! <-