Prolific psychedelic music producer Kraus (a.k.a. Pat Kraus) is playing at Never Project Space this Friday, 20 November, and has a new track on local compilation 'In Thrust We Trust'! We spoke with Pat about the equipment he uses to produce his 'golden age' electronic sounds, what songs from his last 18 albums we might expect to hear on Friday, his inclusion on ‘In Thrust We Trust’, and more! Red the interview -> HERE <-
Max Johns talks with Die! Die! Die! frontman Andrew Wilson about their new double-A side (I Seek Misery/450), their umpteenth national tour (starting in Hamilton on Friday night), the Dunedin scene that Wilson and drummer Mikie Prain emerged from, the bassists they have collected over the last 18 years, feral crowds in Raglan, and marathon running. But not in that order. Read the full interview -> HERE <-
Local indie-rock/jangle-pop band Bitter Defeat released their second single, ‘Long Lash’, complete with video late last week. The band's frontperson Rob Shirlow gives us some background on the song, and tells us about the video, filmed in various locations around the city, including Mesoverse and Never Project Space. See the article -> HERE <-
Earlier this week Hamilton'S DateMonthYear released stage one of a new body of work, called ‘The Exodus Suite’, a collection of five Soundscapes/ Ambient pieces, each with a video interpretation.
The first release is called 'Wind' or 'The Woman of the Roses' and was written and produced by DateMonthYear founder and mainstay Trevor Faville, mixed in America by Martin Porter, and mastered back in Hamilton by Andi Verse. The first video was directed by Matty Thomas Taylor.
Faville explains, “The Exodus Suite evolved from leftover audio from the song Exodus from our last full album. Out of that audio I put together five pieces of Soundscape/Ambient/ Electronic music.” To make things more interesting, four of the five pieces have been given to local film makers with a brief to create a visual interpretation for each, Faville gave each director almost complete creative freedom- “The idea is to introduce an element of surprise and uncertainty - when the videos go live, the audience will be seeing them for the first time as well as me.”
The next instalments of 'The Exodus Suite' will be going live on the first of each subsequent month. All five tracks will be available from February 2021 as a download from the DateMonthYear Bandcamp page - but will be available for streaming at the same time they are released on video.
Max spoke with Bitter Defeat about their new release - 'Light that Shines' - upcoming releases, charting on Radio One's Top 11, and more! Read the interview -> HERE <-
I grew up beyond the west-side of Huntly, a bike ride from Rotowaro. So the cover and themes of the debut ‘Ultraviolet’ EP from Empasse - a project of Nick Johnston, late of Sora Shima, The Changing Same and Dynamo Go - piqued my interest. Read our review of the project at the link -> HERE <- !
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!