Failsafe Records’ Rob Mayes has been on a mission to “tie up the loose ends”, releasing remastered versions of material from the label that “hasn’t yet had that treatment”. The latest cab off the rank is Auckland band Malchicks, who are releasing the 23-track ‘Everything’. We talked to Malchicks guitarist/vocalist Matt Dalzell about the release; does it really, really contain “everything”? Have the songs stood the test of time? And if Malchicks weren’t shoegaze, what were they? Read the full interview -> HERE <-
Hamilton perennials DateMonthYear have released an EP and three albums, though the last, ‘Pot/Kettle/Black’, was way back in 2008. With an upcoming single, album and video, we chatted with DateMonthYear’s central figure Trevor Faville about July, March and August, what happened to the planned DateMonthYear movie, and what excites him most with the new album.
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This Saturday, in an evening of post-rock, heavy shoegaze and psych-rock, Sora Shima are playing with Auckland’s ROPE, and Hamilton’s Landlords and Qualms at Nivara Lounge. The following day, Sora Shima and ROPE play again under the Tauranga Harbour Bridge. Sora Shima’s latest addition, the pedal-obsessed Gareth Schott, questioned Brian Purington of ROPE about their pedals, sound, their upcoming album, and their pedals. Read the interview -> HERE <-
What if Inchworm, Hamilton’s premiere indie pop group of the mid- to late-‘90s, never went their separate ways? What might have their follow-up album to 1997s ‘You Are Only Here’ have sounded like?
We’ve answered the question that no-one thought to ask, by examining releases by members of the band post-2000, to curate an album that Inchworm might have released if they had stayed together; 'Ruined Redbirds for Fugitives'.
Read about, and see the track-listing, to the album -> HERE <-
Back in 1965, the world was, well, a bit mad. Not like the sane society we have today. Arf! The Vietnam War was in full swing, Mary Quant was helping the decade swing, and Martin Luther King was victorious in winning the right for African Americans to vote in the United States. In New Zealand, Waikato University opened, Mt. Eden prisoners rioted, TEAL became Air New Zealand and Ray Columbus and the Invaders won the Loxene Golden Disc Award for 'Til we kissed'. A shitload of classic albums were also released that year - The Who 'My Generation', The Byrds 'Mr Tambourine Man' and The Beatles second album of that year 'Rubber Soul' were all set free into the world.
Now over half a century later, Matthew Bannister, of Sneaky Feelings and The Changing Same, is on the verge of releasing his cover of The Beatles classic, entitled 'Rubber Solo'. Julian White (The Scones, Bitter Defeat) caught up with Matthew to find out more about the making of the album and the plans for its release. Click HERE to read more!
We all like living in towns where arts and culture is appreciated don’t we. We do. If you’re reading this, the chances are that for you a big part of that is having a thriving local live music scene. Thriving as in a good amount of good bands, and people who go to shows by those bands. What follows is a little insight into what being in a DIY band in Hamilton in 2019 is like. The term DIY is meant to mean that everything is done ourselves and the people in the bands almost certainly have a day job. I’m in a couple of bands at the moment, not that I want a medal or anything. It’s fun, and I like the creativity of it. It is however, a bit of a grind from time to time, and I thought it would be mildy interesting to share some of that with people who might not have been in a band. Click HERE to read more and HERE to get involved on a discussion on our FB page.
HUP caught up with Austin of Tauranga and Brian of Austin, TX ahead of a show by their wonderful bands - Threat.Meet.Protocol and Swallow the Rat - this coming Friday, Sept 27th 2019, at Nivara Lounge. Click here to read more!
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 <-