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Science Club: A Stomach Compilation 003
Free download available from https://thestomach.bandcamp.com/
Palmerston North. A town that, by rights, should perhaps come in for at least as much stick as the fair city of Hamilton. As a landlocked, university, rugby town just a couple of hours away from a big city, Palmerston North has more than a few things in common with Kirikiriroa.
One thing that Palmy has that Hamilton doesn’t is the thoroughly enviable Creative Sounds organisation, a non-profit voluntary organisation dedicated to the encouragement of musical, artistic and performance activities. Not only does it run a fantastic music venue, The Stomach, where bands playing original music are encouraged to play, it also has scarily affordable rehearsal rooms and a professional and (again affordable) recording studio.
These facilities are obviously well used by the local community, proof of this is the tremendous recently released album ‘Science Club: A Stomach Compilation 003’ a thoroughly eclectic mix of songs by local artists. From the indie guitar goodness of No Shells, Gains and Arcadian Kites to the sweet vocal pop of Pixie Dust and Vera Ellen through to the out-and-out electro pop of Dimes & Symes, this compilation is frankly an outstanding showcase of what Creative Sounds and The Stomach do, and a bow/curtsy from twelve lucky bands that have been nurtured by their magnificent facilities.
Definitely worth a download, and something to aspire to for anyone interested in making and supporting original local music. RS
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'The Invasion' featuring Bonecruncher - The Dilfs - Rogernomics - Phone Sex Robots - High Risk Maneuver
March 27 2015
In my experience, going to see punk bands play is always worth it. It’s never boring going to see this sort of thing. So when I heard that a half-dozen of them were coming to our fair city to blast a selection of its inhabitants with punky-goodness, I was pretty sure that I would be in the crowd somewhere.
Stylistically, the various bands on offer all fall somewhere on the punk spectrum, but each one brought their own unique flavour to show – there are after all, so many excellent permutations of the “fast and loud” aesthetic. All the bands were great – Bonecruncher were rifftastic and heavy as heck, and Rogernomics were strangely entrancing in a relentless, brutal sort of way. But if I had to choose a favourite for the night, it would be The Dilfs, who played a short and sharp set of reckless party songs, and genuinely seemed to be having loads of fun doing it.
The Nivara Lounge saw a decent turn-out by local standards, which is good to see as this is not always the case for Hamilton shows. I’m still not entirely convinced about this place being a reliable venue for this sort of music – with that low, boxy ceiling, loud bands can tend to sound “rather loud” and kinda washed-out at times. I noticed this being a problem during Bonecruncher’s set, when I couldn’t actually hear what one of the guitar players was doing at all.
On the whole however, it was a most excellent show, and an excellent way to spend a Friday night – a ripping good time was had by all. Be sure to check out these guys on Bandcamp if you missed it! SB