I Am Giant played last night. But if Shelton [Woolright, drummer] had called in sick with a broken hand or Ed[Martin, vocalist] tore through his voice box you could have left them off the set and we all could have gone home after Villainy. Seriously. Now, that's not to say I Am Giant weren't, well, giant. Not at all. But I'll get to that.
Setting Fire To Stacey (SFTS) was like watching a Terror show. They were (God, here come the fire puns) able to light the place up and burned through a set to which I knew none of the words. But the crowd did. They lapped it up like dogs to vomit. They earned their right to be there and they didn't waste a single second.
There was something of a revival about last night's show. Ekko Park's frontman proclaimed "rock's not dead!" and while everyone in the industry is freaking out, there was a packed and f'n sweaty room of people that disagree with every drop of worry coming from music's fat cats. Black River Drive carried that momentum (their fans are everywhere!) through their set and by the time Bullet For Your Gun came on the apparently meek girl beside me was ready to rip someone's face off and then trample all over it.
Villainy is where shit got violent. It got rough. As one guy put it "it's getting pretty rowdy!". If SFTS had the crowd like dogs to vomit then we were maggots in a corpse over Villainy's new song Safe Passage. They threw in some of what's been rousing crowds since they were playing at the Kings Arms way back when (Another Time, The Answer, Alligator Skin) and incited the first "one more song" chants. Epic.
But the headline. The Main Event. The reason you're reading this and that I was sandwiched between a voluptuous blonde and ownerless sweaty man armpit. Shelton burst out dressed as a Mexican wrestler and Ed was going mental from the second they stepped on stage. It doesn't matter that they've played festivals inPoland, they were happy to be there. They covered Slipknot's Duality with a single guitar and Ed howling into a mic (awesome but weird, really weird) and of course the favourites. On City Limits and Neon Sunrise Ed had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand. It was a tidal wave of vocals and everyone dug deep to match Ed's high notes. Death Of You and Razor Wire Reality had people being flung from one side of the room to the other and Standing On The Sun was no different. I'd never been to an I Am Giant show before and there was no better place to start than the Science And Survival release tour.
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The I Love The 90s Tour returns to Auckland next year March 23rd at Auckland’s Spark Arena, with a completely off the chain lineup featuring classic Hip Hop crew Naughty by Nature. Vin Rock from the Grammy Award winning rap group speaks fondly of this country and love of our people.
The Soundsplash Festival is returning to Raglan in January 2018. Local reggae favourites Katchafire are returning to feature on the bill. We sent a few questions over to lead vocalist Logan Bell ahead of the festival.
Following 2015’s Kitty, Daisy & Lewis'The Third', the sibling trio are back stronger than ever, harnessing their ability to create pop-infused soul, blues, rock n roll and a large mix of genres to perfection, in the shape of their fourth studio album, Superscope.
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Last week I caught up withPeter Hook ahead of returning down under for Australasian leg of the Joy Division and New Order Substance tour. We had a great chat about the spirit of punk, what it takes to write a book and why shows like the X-factor are so unhealthy…
Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest acts, South Pacific reggae-soul legends, The Black Seeds are set to tour the country in September, following the release of their long awaited 6th studio album Fabric, (out today - Friday September 8th).
Jacqueline Nalpant is a Booking Agent for the Paradigm Talent Agency, and is heading to New Zealand early next month where she'll be one of the speakers for the Going Global Music Summit (Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September at Roundhead Studios, Auckland).
Since making her musical debut with her song Drift early last year, fast attracting a solid fan base and over 1 million plays across Spotify and Soundcloud in just a few months, Madeline North, better known by her musical moniker So Below, has once again blessed us with a moodier, masterful electro-pop banger, titled Ruin.
Since forming in 1998, the Antwerp, Belgium based trio Triggerfinger have long become a mainstay on the rock scene, building a solid reputation across Europe, the US, Canada and beyond, as one of the hardest-driving and sharpest dressing bands around.
Popular metalcore group Northlane are on their way to New Zealand. The Sydney band are touring North America taking in countries like Chile and Mexico as they head our way down-under next month to play Wellington’s San Fran then Auckland at the iconic Kings Arms.
Returning to New Zealand for the first time in three years, Australian metalcore band In Hearts Wake are on their way to our shores next month for a quick run of shows supporting their label cohorts Northlane.
Courtney Marie Andrews has landed in New Zealand, and set to play two concerts this week with Joe Pug - tonight at San Fran in Wellington (Wed July 19) and tomorrow night at The Tuning Fork in Auckland (Thu July 20).
Auckland two-piece Skinny Hobos, Alex Elvis and Texas Holdom, are heading on a 5 date New Zealand tour with headliners Decades, Bakers Eddy and Dead Favours. Kicking off tonight in Hamilton (July 14), the tour will also take them to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and finishes up in Dunedin.
Have you ever considered sharing your most personal experiences with the entire world? Well come this Friday 14th July, that’s what Emma Cameron, the rocking front-woman of kiwi band Decades is about to do, when they release their long-awaited full length debut album, The Truth And Other People, so we sat down with the cheerful front woman to discover just what truth this album reveals..
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He was always the boy next door type energy, that type of person you just always wanted to be around. From day one, Shay Taylor has always been one to break the mold and live life in such a vibrant and contagious manner, that no matter who he spoke to, they walked away feeling great!
Anthonie Tonnon is taking his new Extended Player and single to Australia, and to New Zealand towns that missed the first run of dates, or sold out too quickly. He’ll also be appearing at three summer festivals this February.
After a stand of three Auckland concerts that sold out in minutes in January, Connan Mockasin is hitting the road across Aotearoa for the first time in eight years this summer for a select run of headline shows.