It's almost exactly five years on from the last time we caught up with The Beths' Liz Stokes, ahead of a show at Nivara Lounge back in 2016. It's fair to say a lot of very good things have happened to The Beths since then, not least a hard-earned but much-deserved triple-whammy of awards at last year's Aotearoa Music Awards - Best Album, (for Jump Rope Gazers), Best Group, and Best Alternative Act for a second consecutive year. We caught up with Liz as she and the rest of Auckland came out of their latest level 4 lockdown, almost five years on from that 2016 show. Skip on over to FEATURES to read more!
Luke Buda is releasing his latest solo album – BUDA – on 15 October, and with it comes an eleven date tour of the country. We caught up with Luke to find out why it has been such a long wait since 2008s ‘Vesuvius’, his collaboration with novelist and poet Damien Wilkins, whether there is any lingering influence of his early years in Poland, and more!
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Empress evolved out of Hamilton’s Cheshire Grimm in 2019. With the release of their new EP, ‘Trash Dynasty’, on the 10th of September, Trevor Faville caught up with Lora and Craig and talked about the transition from Cheshire Grimm to Empress, the challenging aspects of working as a two-piece, the new release, and more!
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On 20 August, Tāmaki Makaurau’s Reuben Hudson released his latest single ‘Drag’, featuring Jade Lewis on vocals – and it’s currently #1 on ‘The 95bFM Top Ten’! Arpie spoke to Reuben about the project, his transition to an alternative/indie rock, and more!
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HUP caught up with Alex Hudson, on of the brains behind new Kirikiriroa bar and music venue 'Last Place'. Skip over to FEATURES to read all about it!
Interview with Grawlixes
HUP had a natter with Penelope and Robin of Wellington existential folk band Grawlixes. They have just released a new LP ' Love You To Death', and are about to embark on a twelve-date tour of the country. Skip on over to FEATURES to read more.
Interview with The Tiz
HUP caught up with New Plymouth-based psychedelic bedroom-pop artist Kayleb Duckett aka The Tiz to talk about his songwriting process, releases to date and plans for the future. Head over to FEATURES to read more.
Interview with Cuticles
HUP caught up with Matt and Lisa of tremendous Oamaru-based indie noiseniks Cuticles ahead of their show at Tāmaki Makaurau's Wine Cellar, (with The Biscuits and Kraus), this coming Saturday, 17th July. Head over to FEATURES to read more.
Barnaby Greebles reviews the debut LP from Ōtepoti indie-rock/shoegaze exponents Bathysphere. Released at the end of April, 'Heaven Is Other People' is a delicious slab of 90's inspired noise that you probably need in your life right now, but don't take our word for it, head on over to FEATURES and let Barnaby convince you further.
Arpie caught up with James from Carb on Carb and had a yarn about the past, present and future. Hop on over to FEATURES to read more!