The debut album by Auckland band Repairs, ‘Repeat, Repeat’, features a whopping 14 songs, and is due out on 18 September. In the meantime, the release of their third single from the album, ‘Pop Song’, is also imminent. We spoke to Repairs bass player Nicola Edwards about the upcoming releases, impostor syndrome, the time taken to get the album to completion, and hidden messages in the album cover! Read the interview -> HERE <-
Wellington ‘Gutter Folk’ artist YOLK has been a favourite at HUP, having featured more times on our ‘Tekau Nga Waiata Pai’ HUP/The Hum radio show and podcast than any other artist! We interviewed Yann last year about his Yolk project, but with the recent release of a new album, ‘Cherry Blossoms & the Moon’, we interview him again - this time with a focus on the new album, and how he dealt with lockdown! Read the full interview -> HERE <-
Ceolskog is a recording project of Adam Helliwell, who has recently released a new EP titled ‘The Owl with Big, Googly Eyes’; his fifth since 2015. Ceolskog combines heavy metal with traditional folk music, particularly Celtic and Nordic… along with a bit of humour. We had a fascinating chat with Adam about Ceolskog; the new EP, the influence of nature and Scandinavian elements in the project, his previous band ‘IronStein’, and more! Red the full interview -> HERE <-
HUP caught up with Raglan-based Folktronica starlet Parabola West ahead of the release of her latest single 'New Moon', out tomorrow, April 24. Skip on over to FEATURES to read more!
We review the compilation 'No Sound: A Nivara Lounge Fundraiser'. Where does the money go? What are the stories behind some of the songs? And who is r.p.i.l.d.? Some of these questions are answered within!
Read the full review -> HERE <-
HUP is stoked to present 'No Sound: A Nivara Lounge Fundraiser' a compilation album out today on Bandcamp.
We put a shoutout last week to bands and artists on social media, (and sent a few emails), outlining our intention - to compile an album by bands and artists who have played at Nivara Lounge, and sell it via bandcamp to raise funds to help Ivan and his staff through this period of zero income. We've seen enough live music venues come and go over the years, and we don't need another.
We were blown away by the response and can't believe how amazing this collection of songs sounds together. If you have any spare time (ha!) play it from start to finish. It's brilliant, even if we do say so ourselves.
A massive thanks to all the bands and artists who contributed their songs. If you like a particular song make sure to check out the 'info' section for that song and click through to the band's individual page to hear more of their music and support them. Huge thanks too to Scott Newth at BLKHUS Productions for mastering the album and Grant Stantiall for the use of his photograph.
We realise that these are difficult times for a lot of people financially, but thought setting a minimum price of $10 was fair for 23 songs. If you can afford to pay more please do so, I am sure it will be greatly appreciated by Ivan and his staff. All sales go directly to Ivan via Paypal.
Stay safe, enjoy the music, and see you down the Lounge at some point.
'No Sound: A Nivara Lounge Fundraiser' full tracklisting:
1. r.p.i.l.d. - I Love Nivara Lounge
2. The Bats - She's Down (previously unreleased)
3. Spiral Stairs - No Comparison (MHZ Mix)
4. The Scones - Ode To The Mountains
5. One Man Bannister - Splendid Isolation
6. Robert Scott - State Highway 6
7. The Fatalities - This House Is Killing Me
8. Elider - Waterdog
9. Carb On Carb - Annual Leave
10. Sora Shima - Calor Humano
11. Rumpus Room - Elephant
12. John Davis - Solo Silhouette
13. GROK - GROK 58 - Modern Hazard
14. REPAIRS - Chillgorithm
15. Broadcast State - Abide
16. ORBJKS - ORBJKS
17. Glass Shards - Can Veil
18. The Trendees - Collusion Of Bad
19. Bitter Defeat - Superior Avoidance Tactics
20. The Recently Deceived - Misty Wave
21. CnC - Ko Wai Au
22. Pencarrow - Soul Paralytic
23. Rubine - Secret Danger
Lizard formed in Hamilton in 1993, and were active — on-and-off — until 2012. Lizard are currently remastering and re-releasing the bulk of their back-catalogue digitally. We talked to Gwyn Morgan, bass and vocalist from Lizard, about how they formed, their influences, and which of their songs he feels have most stood the test of time! Read the interview -> HERE <-
The new, self-titled, album from Hamilton’s DateMonthYear has been long in the oven. Hp has given it a listen, so head over to the Features page to see what he says about it! -> HERE <-
One of us has a ragtag collection of New Zealand band-related postcards produced over the last 35+ years, and picked up some more unusual merchandise at The Bats gig on Friday - a set of 16 postcards featuring images of a selection of their posters! Here l look over my collection, featuring postcards of The 3Ds, Dimmer, Martin Phillips & The Chills, Tall Dwarfs, The Enemy, The Swingers, Devilskin, Patea Maori Club... and more!
Red the article -> HERE <-
After a few afternoon showers on the penultimate day of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, the evening sky was open and clear, and the families were out when Fly My Pretties took to the stage. We took it all in, and reviewed the show.
Click -> HERE <- to read the review.