Failsafe Records was founded in Christchurch by Rob Mayes in 1983/1984. Mayes has some highly ambitious plans for the label, with the intended release of 25 albums over the next 12 months. We talked to Rob about this goal; how is he going to carry it out, all while based in faraway Japan? Read the interview -> HERE <-
Former Hamilton folk and blues singer-songwriter Chris Thompson recorded an album while in the British Isles in 1974, as a follow-up to his self-titled debut. Why was it never released? How is it that it is being released now? We had a chat to Chris, and owner of Pinenut Records Donald McLeod, about the imminent release of ‘Drunken Nights in Dublin’. Read about it -> HERE <-
'Tekau Nga Waiata Pai' is HUP and The HUM's Top 10 of recently-released music from around New Zealand! Episode 2, our October Top 10, has started airing on The HUM, and will be repeated each week every Monday and Friday at around 5pm. Here it is as a podcast...
It’s been a long time since The Chills last played in Hamilton—possibly greater than 20 years—so it was fantastic that they finally decided to drop by again. What were the high points? The low points? We review the show -> HERE <-
We review the new 'Creative Evolution' album by The Changing same.
Find our review -> HERE <- !
The Chills long-awaited return to Hamilton happens this coming Friday, September 14th, with a show at Altitude, the first date on a nationwide tour to celebrate the release of their highly anticipated new album, 'Snow Bound'. HUP posed some questions to chief Chill, Martin Phillipps, about the new album, his songwriting process, the state of New Zealand music, and some ideas of what Friday's show holds in store. Head on over to the FEATURES page to read the full Q and A.
HUP is stoked to be involved in a brand new monthly radio show, recorded in conjunction with our pals at The HUM 106.7FM!
'Tekau Nga Waiata Pai' is a Top 10 of recently-released music from around New Zealand. Episode 1 aired earlier this evening September 3rd, and will be repeated each week every Monday and Friday at around 5pm. Here it is as a podcast...
The HUM 106.7FM is a huge supporter of NZ music and has a fantastic playlist of classics and new music. We would like to encourage new music submissions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Changing Same are releasing their second album, ‘Creative Evolution’, with a release party on September 5 at Nivara Lounge. We had a quick chat to Matthew Bannister about the points of difference between this and his other band, Sneaky Feelings, the evolution of The Changing Same through time, and more! Read there interview -> HERE <-
It's only a few days until the 10th Annual Circle Jerk! One band making its first appearance at the event is Dr Mesmer's Private Army. We talked to Kent Macpherson (Octave guitar/synth/field recordings) about the concept behind band's performances, aspirations, and the story behind the name. Click HERE to read the interview!
HUP's next show is next Friday, August 17th and features Auckland's Swallow The Rat alongside two new Hamilton bands, shoegazy noiseniks Landlords and lo fi indie heads Bitter Defeat. Just a tenner on the door first band around 9.