"Can we sing the chorus again? Because it's f**king true" You can't accuse singer Matiu Walters of not being passionate. The young singer clad in an I Love Ugly baseball shirt pleaded to the sold out crowd at Mangere's Villa MariaWinery, briefly pausing on Last Ones Left under a spectacular Auckland sunset. Given the sodden wet start to the New Year, conditions were near perfect.
After American Mike Taylor's energetic set of amiable catchy originals & P-Money spinning tunes including some of his own hit songs, the crowd were primed & ready as the familiar intro of FTW swayed the audience into action jostling to find prime position. Cameras were ready at the helm to IG (Instagram to you & me) the night away with every hash tag imaginable under the sun.
Last year's radio darling Stay Together & the triple platinum hit Don't Forget Your Roots made for a solid start to the evening. Bassist Chris Mac with peroxided coif was like a rabid man, aided by the blues guitar riffing of Ji Fraser gave way for Walters to stoke the party up front.
The reggae of Hold Up was a precursor to a raft of hits including their 2011 hit Rise Up 2.0, the sugary twee pop of So High & the soulful Mother's Eyes dedicated to Walter's mother who was in the audience.
Trying to pigeonhole Six60's music is about as useless as trying to decide on a nation's new flag. Its flawed concept rarely gains agreement, but Six60's grasp fusing different genres successfully have seen the band go from obscurity to a flirting record deal last year with Capital Records.
Walters's soulful vocals were on point tonight, showcasing his powerful range on acoustic guitar during a solo set, he held the fort as good as any overseas artist including Ed Sheeran, the band sonically impressive as their recorded album have earned to right to position themselves as an international act, and this is no mean feat.
As punters revelled in the generous encore set that included Forever & Special, I couldn't help thinking they must be doing something right, even if blogger Simon Sweetman once coined them ‘BBQ Reggae' & said of their music "It's insulting to anyone with ears".
Personal taste is subjective however his views are laughable. ‘BBQ reggae' yeah maybe, some material may not be to taste, but there is a lot to admire that will ensure as long as Kiwis travel overseas there'll always be Six60 music accompanying them - ‘My family, my friends, the best, now f**k all the rest'. At the end of the day that's all that matters
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!
One month on from the release of their third album [Wade Waist Deep], American rock band Thomas Wynn & The Believers are back on the road, breaking beyond the southern rock scene with complex, pulsing rhythms and breathtaking harmonies.
After their 2012 Mercury Prize-nominated debut and 2015’s Top 20 follow-up Born Under Saturn, musical adventurers Django Django are back for 2017, exploring new sounds with their brand new album Marble Skies
After stunning, sold-out concerts across the US, legendary Led Zep drummer Bonzo's greatest legacy - his son Jason - brings his critically acclaimed concert, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, to New Zealand for just two performances.
Playing their breakthrough debut self-titled album in its entirety, pop rock sensations We The Kings will return to New Zealand and Australia to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their breakthrough self-titled debut album.
Instrumentals, imagined soundtracks and cut and paste experimentation sets a bracing, perception-shattering course for Who Built The Moon? - the keenly anticipated, WORLD TOUR-triggering third album from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.