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