Dean Ballinger was on hand to review last Saturday's show by Francisca Griffin and the Bus Shelter Boys / Bitter Defeat / The Biscuits at Nivara Lounge in Kirikiriroa Hamilton. Skip on over to FEATURES to read more!
Hp caught up with the incredible Theia and Vayne ahead of their upcoming tour around Aotearoa in May. Skip on over to FEATURES to read more.
Arpie reviews the fantastic latest LP from Wurld Series - 'Luke Towart’s droll vocal delivery, his and/or Adam Hattaway’s Malkmus-esque guitar lines, the Steve West beats of Brian Feary, (who also produced the record), the Iboldian basslines of Emma Hattaway…the whole package just soars and crashes at the right times and is very close to perfection.' Read more HERE!
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.