Auckland 4 piece hardcore punk band Master Blaster formed in August 2015 and within a month, sticking to their Do or Die ethos, had recorded and released their demo titled 'You Suck', supported SNFU on their Auckland show and toured Australia (including part of Poison City Records Weekender Fest).
Since their inception the band have played nonstop around New Zealand, hitting the road with Melbourne metal punks High Tension, Minneapolis thrashers In Defence, UK punk legends GBH and Byron Bay hardcore crew Shackles.
In May 2016 Master Blaster released a digital single titled 'Opinion Piece', a song about the bands dislike for right wing ideologues “smug jerks riding the rise of the right with mouths so big you just want to ram a pineapple down their throat”, this track earned it’s place on the playlist of Auckland City's’ largest Alternative radio station 95bFM.
In June 2016 alongside Melbourne, Australia Fastcore Kings Hailgun. Master Blaster toured Europe and the UK on the back of their brand new 7" titled Doomsdays, and their split 7" with Hailgun. They played alongside bands such as Death Alley, Discharge, English Dogs and Lecherous Gaze.
The band are part of Auckland City’s The Others Way festival 2016 - a unique, locally-run day of New Zealand’s best alternative music, performing across multiple venues, The Others Way takes inspiration from international music festivals CMJ and SXSW.
Master Blaster NZ Tour
Friday 9th September, Auckland, Whammy Bar
Saturday 10th September, Hamilton, Biddy Mulligans
Friday 16th September, Wellington, Valhalla
Saturday 17th September, Wellington, Newtown Bowls Club
Friday 23rd September, Christchurch, Darkroom
Saturday 24th September, Dunedin, Crown Hotel
Friday 7th October, Tauranga, The Batch
Saturday 8th October,Palmerston North, Snails
Friday 14th October, Auckland, Whammy Bar
Saturday 15th October, Bridge Tavern, New Plymouth
Cosmic disco punk rockers The Delta Riggs share a new single 'June Gloom' off their third album Active Galactic, and announce additional support for their Whammy Bar debut this Sunday 26th February.
Detroit legend Omar-S [FXHE] is making his New Zealand debut on Friday, 10th March at Whammy Bar.
Glaswegian heroes Optimo are making their Auckland debut on Friday, 6 January at Whammy Bar. Optimo is comprised of JD Twitch and JG Wilkes – an incomparable duo, whose passion for music and anything-goes mentality is legendary.
The second annual Whammyfest is happening this Saturday night at Whammy Bar.
New York hardcore punk legends, H2O, are heading to NZ for the very first time in support of their sixth studio album 'Use Your Voice'.
Auckland's Whammy Bar has revealed the first round of acts for Whammyfest!
New York City is the latest single from Tourettes’ forthcoming album 'Feel Like Shit, Looking Great' due out in September.
One half of brother-sister duo The Fiery Furnaces, Eleanor Friedberger has released eight studio albums under that moniker. In June she will tour New Zealand and Australia with her band on the back of “New View” her third studio solo record.