Francisca Griffin, known as Kathy Bull until the mid 1990s, was bass player, guitarist and vocalist for 80s Flying Nun band Look Blue Go Purple. She was bass player, guitarist and vocalist in 80s - 90s band Cyclops, and in January 2019 she released a fantastic album as Francisca Griffin entitled 'The Spaces Between.'
Her current band, the fantastic 'Francisca Griffin and The Bus Shelter Boys', are currently on a tour of Aotearoa NZ, including a show on April 24th Kirikiriroa Hamilton's Nivara Lounge, with Bitter Defeat and The Biscuits. HUP thought it would be a good idea to ask Indira Neville of The Biscuits if she was up for interviewing Francisca. Happily she was! Read the interview in full HERE.
VGB recently released ‘The Giver and The Gift’, and it’s a fitting return for ex-Lucid 3 front-woman Victoria Girling-Butcher, in collaboration with Tom Healy (Tiny Ruins/Terrible Sons/Finn Andrews/Julia Jacklin and more). Trevor Faville spoke with Victoria about the release, songwriting, what she has been doing between Lucid 3 and now, and more!
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HUP was fortunate enough to put some questions to a true legend of New Zealand music, Martin Phillipps of The Chills, ahead of the release of the band's new album and forthcoming tour of Aotearoa. Dean Ballinger posed the questions and Martin responded with some revealing answers, which, amongst other things, remind us of the incredible and often dramatic history of the band as well as shining a light on what lies behind The Chills existence and modus operandi in 2021. Click HERE to read all about it!
Among all the bad that’s come from the COVID pandemic, some good has also resulted. Tobermorie, active in Hamilton in the late-‘90s, have unexpectedly released an album of old recordings via Bandcamp, titled ‘Throbbing Pink Boudoir of My Heart’. We caught up with Jo, Sarah, Louisa and Rob to vaguely reminisce about the band, their career highlights, and hear about the recordings; how did they come to be released in 2021, and which songs have best passed the test of time? Read the interview -> HERE <-
Barnaby Greebles reviews the wonderful new EP from Fruit Juice Parade, 'the more you question, the further you get from the answer', before putting some questions to the band and discovering what makes the Papaioea two-piece tick. Read all about it HERE.
HUP caught up with Leighton Edwards of Auckland-based Cowboy Dan a few days after the release of their new single 'You and I' from their forthcoming EP 'Sentimental Now That We're Leaving' to find out about what the band has been up to the last couple of years and chew the fat about gigs past and future amongst other things. Click HERE to read all about it.
Struggling to understand and organise the music in your life?! The Genesis Line is a complex, yet easy to use system, and is likely to be the answer you seek. Created by Indira and Stefan Neville, Indira provides the low-down HERE.
Barnaby Greebles had a fascinating chat with Wairehu Grant about his current solo project 'Half/Time'. Learn about Wai's background and what has led him to this latest musical endeavour, as well as the incorporation of aspects of tikanga Maaori, the history of Aotearoa and punk rock into Half/Time's songs. Click HERE to read more.
Auckland’s Demons of Noon announced themselves as a serious doom metal force with debut EP The Summoning in April 2020. It wasn’t until December that they appeared on stage, supporting Beastwars in Wellington. Their next gig will be with Bloodnut and Thousand Limbs at Whammy Bar on the 18th, which made this a good time for Max Johns to catch up with three-quarters of the band for a drink or two over Zoom. Read all about it HERE.
Arpie pinged some questions in the general vicinity of Adam Fulton, head honcho at Kirikiriroa Hamilton-based underground music conglomerate Real Vegan Cult ahead of their first ever two -day festival 'RVC Fest' this coming weekend. Click on through to FEATURES to read all about it!