There's something unnervingly cool about three pint size Japanese girls singingThe Carpenters hit song On Top Of the World at Auckland's Kings Arms Tavern, it doesn't get much cooler than getting caught up in the moment 'throwing yo hands in the air, like you just don't care'. It's a far cry from when the popular Japanese trio played their first gig over thirty years ago in front of a crowd of 36 people for about 100 yen (1.138 NZD)
Banana Chips is well known Shonen hit around the world but it pales mildly in comparison to new tunes Bad Luck Song (um shades of Thin Lizzy?) or their well versed I Am a Cat off their new album Overdrive, the latter has the annoyingly addictive meow/meow/meow chorus. Actually most of their songs deal with cats or food as a subject matter, and if you were ever going to specialise in song writing subjects these two get my vote any day, however felines & food aside that didn't seem to faze the sizeable crowd intent on dancing the night away
It's not hard to see why Tarrentino used a Japanese girl band the 184.108.40.206's in his Kill Bill films, or Nicolas Winding Refn's Thai Karaoke references in Only God Forgives in their films, it's almost like being thrusted full-tilt into a surreal Asian dream sequence and this seemed totally apt for a SK concert in Auckland, at times almost unbelievable the musical frenzy onstage coming from the almost too cute doll-esque band
The group once described their music as, "oo-oo-ultra-eccentric-super-cult-punk-pop-band-shonen-knife!", their style of 70s arena punk has stuck a chord with music fans around the world, I Am U, Ramen Rock (bassist Ritsuko's fave food) and Green Tea were easily recognisable as drummer Emi, bassist Ritsuko and original founder guitarist Naoko did a splendid job introducing each other to the audience, actually they talked quite a bit and were happy engaging the crowd, Naoko in her broken accent fondly recalling the last time she played in Auckland, 18 years ago at The Big Day Out.
Devil House, E.S.P, Pop Tune and the anthemic Sushi Bar (complete with crowd participation no less) borrowed the best 3 chord riffs from 70s and 80s punk rock bands and were regurgitated with vigour. Coupled with synchronised stage moves and sequined outfits the sporadically vocal crowd lapped it up (s'cuse the cat pun). The girls moshed about the stage like crazy manga figurines as they romped through most of the new album Overdrive and throwing in a few older tunes to satisfy the die-hards in the audience (except for the guy shouting "muddy bubbles hell"). It's no wonder girl bands are thriving in Japan, if you only know three chords and a handful of classic punk numbers it seems like a legit hobby, even better if there's a crowd watching
After leaving the stage the girls complete with wardrobe change returned holding Shonen knife scarves adding that they would look great at an All Blacks game before getting the crowd to decide their final tune by a show of hands, either The KKK Took My Baby Away or I Wanna be Sedated by the Ramones. Of course like boxing the decision went tits-up but nobody cared. The Ramones still closed the night and the people were happily sedated
It's much the fanfare I expected, musically it's not technically brilliant however the girls do have chops and their brand of fuelled nippon punk is highly addictive
Take a plunge into the subversive animated world of Shonen Knife, Kurt Cobain saw what was happening. It's happy & clappy without taking itself seriously and really that's all that matters. Next stop tonight Auckland's Leigh Sawmill before heading south to Wellies & Christchurch. Believe the hype
In the mid to late 90's, when grunge began to wither away and MTV strived to find the next easy to access label to attach to new batch of up and coming rock bands, global attention started to shine on the Alt Rock scene.
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.
Kylie Price has just released her new album Bones. Last week she appeared on theNZ Entertainment Podcast, where she sang a new song I Dont Want To Go off the album while talking shop about her dream gig to play with Ed Sheeran and her Philipino roots.
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..
Whilst Sonny Landreth is a well known slide-guitar master, zydeco enthusiast and phenomenal blues legend, what you may not know about him, is that he is one of the nicest gentlemen in the entire universe.
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.
They immediately sold out Sydney and Melbourne dates earlier this year, and now LCD Soundsystem are returning to Australia and New Zealand for their biggest headline shows ever this summer – touring February 2018!
To celebrate the recent announcement of their debut album Idiot Proverbs, set for release on Friday 12 January, Tiny Little Houses have revealed both the music video for their single ‘Entitled Generation’ and their highly anticipated Australian album tour for February and March 2018.