'Tekau Nga Waiata Pai' is HUP and The HUM's Top 10 of recently-released music from around New Zealand! Episode 6, our March 2019 Top 10, has started airing on The HUM, and will be repeated each week every Monday and Friday at around 5pm. Here it is as a podcast...
‘Future City Festival’ is looming! And one of the acts that I am most looking forward to is Ben Woods, whose song ‘Lozenge’ is seriously good! An earworm that you aren’t unhappy to have there, no matter how many times it repeats through your mind. We caught up with Ben to discuss that song, his upcoming album, the Christchurch music scene, and more! read the full interview -> HERE <-
One of the most highly anticipated performances at Future City Festival 2019 is the reformation of Hamilton ‘sonic rock architects’ Sora Shima, playing their first gig in over five years! Likened to bands such as ‘Mogwai’, ‘Explosions in The Sky’ and ‘Sigur Ros’, Sora Shima will be performing with their original line-up, and playing only their early material. We spoke to Jae Lurman (guitars), Adam Fulton (guitars) and Rob Shirlow (bass) about why they stopped performing, how the reformation has come about, and why it taken so long to get back together? Read our interview -> HERE <-
It's just two weeks now until Future City Festival 2019. We are super proud of the calibre and range of amazing bands and artists playing this year's event and thought we would compile a post to share some clips of most (not all) of those playing to whet the appetite! Grab your presale tickets HERE!
It’s getting closer to Future City Festival 2019 by the day. In the lead-up, we talked to Sam Smith from Auckland psychedelic-stoner-shoegaze-blues-folk band ‘Te Huhu’, about their upcoming debut album Recychedelia’, their distinctive sound, and their own upcoming festival, ‘Field of Dreams’! Read the interview -> HERE <-
Future City Festival 2019 is only a few weeks away, so HUP are catching up with a few of the bands playing the event. Future City Festival's band with the lowest average age is Gisborne punks Sit Down In Front. We had a chat with Cory, Rikki, Jackson and Roman about how a band of school kids from Gisborne have come to be influenced by The Sex Pistols and the Clash, why Cori Gonzalez-Macuer and a contestant from TV show The Block have come to be wearing their t-shirts, and more! read the interview -> HERE <-
35 years since the release of three excellent singles, Beat Rhythm Fashion have a new album, ‘Tenterhook’, to be released on 11 February. Ahead of its release, and of a nationwide tour by the band in March, we review the new album -> HERE <-!
Hamilton six-piece Bitter Defeat have risen over the last twelve months to take their place alongside the many, varied and fabulous acts emanating from Hamilton. Rob Shirlow (vocals and guitar) and Ian Duggan (keyboards) are instrumental in operating Hamilton Underground Press (HUP), and are active participants in and promoters of the local music scene. They are joined in Bitter Defeat by Julian White (also of The Scones, Kitchenette; bass), Sam Brockelsby (ex-Ancient Tapes; guitar), Ben Manning (guitar) and Kathryn Thompson (drums). Read our interview with the band -> HERE <-
'Tekau Nga Waiata Pai' is HUP and The HUM's Top 10 of recently-released music from around New Zealand! Episode 5, our February 2019 Top 10, has started airing on The HUM, and will be repeated each week every Monday and Friday at around 5pm. Here it is as a podcast...
Auckland’s Superturtle play Nivara Lounge on February 23 at an event called ‘Weird and Wonderful in Hamilton’, with The Changing Same, The Scones and Orbjks. We spoke with Superturtle front-person Darren McShane about the bands evolving sound, why they have had a big gap between their most recent albums, and how they came to cover the song ‘Light of your Cutiemark’ from the TV series ‘My Little Pony’! Read the interview -> HERE <-