Arriving on time for the doors to open, there was a quick forming queue behind us. At first I thought it was a surprisingly small turn out from looking behind me but my first impression was soon forgotten as I'd settled by the stage, turned around and saw that from floor to balcony was packed and still filling up.
The opening act for the night was a four piece band called Ha The Unclear. Rock filled the room as Ha The Unclear were performing in a tightly packed corner on the stage. That didn't stop the bass player from dancing in every empty space on the stage. They had a very fast grunge sound with heavy bass, quirky lyrics, quick drums and a guitar whose best friend is the whammy bar. Each member looked confident and happy as they were hyping the crowd up for the Dandys. I was very impressed and loved every minute of their set (I also learnt through their last song that one of them has a genuine fear of mannequins!).
After a quick intermission and sound check we were patiently waiting for the members of The Dandy Warhols to appear. After a few minutes of chatting while waiting, booming applause and high pitch cheers filled the venue as the members of The Dandy Warhols emerged onto the stage.
All instruments were arranged in a neat line so fans could see all the members easily and clearly, I thought it was a fantastic idea as drummers are usually hidden away in the back row. After being given a long warm welcome, The Dandy Warhols - consisting of Courtney Taylor Taylor (vocals/ guitar), Zia Mccabe (keyboard/ percussion), Peter Holström (guitar) and Brent DeBoer (drums), jumped straight into their performance.
Effortlessly playing yet with so much energy and enthusiasm, it was incredible to watch and feel the rumbling bass in your chest and throat. That was coming from Zia on her amazing keyboard, which seems like she could create any sound from. Not only is she a talented keyboard player, she was slaying percussion. In the first song Zia was keeping the beat with the maracas by pushing them towards the crowd, while playing the keyboard. I've never seen anyone make percussion look sexy but Zia did.
Brent was effortlessly keeping good rhythm on the drums while belting the background vocals at the same time. Enjoying his time in the spotlight he was grinning the whole time.
Peter was in a world of his own, he was swaying like the wind and just became one with his guitar creating and eerie sound with a lot of grunt behind it. He was a sight to watch as he seemed completely involved in the show, then would move to the shadows and let his guitar do the talking.
Courtney had two mics set next to each other as one was just not enough. It was accentuating the eerie other world vibe I was getting perfectly. His powerful vocals and unbelievable control of his voice were winning the crowd over. His attitude was another level, the way he holds himself and looks at the crowd, it was easy to see how confident he is on stage which makes us love him more.
An incredible combination of musicians creating a tiny world inside the powerstation is hard to describe, but the crowds reactions are not everyone was jumping, dancing or singing. No where I looked was someone not moving.
During the concert there was a few times where Courtney would have to tune his guitar while we patiently wait, the sound was perfect I have no complaints. And there was no crowd trouble in the slightest, just a good time.
Groom Epoch, a luminous outfit created by former drummer of The Church, Richard Ploog, are set to release their new album, Solar Warden, through Golden Robot Records in April 2018, with Cosmic Artifice, the lead single from the eclectic group.
“Dancing and headbanging are truly individualistic expressions of losing oneself fully in appreciation of music - who better to combine these things into a singular vision than someone who’s directed Madonna and Lady Gaga videos - and also happens to have been a member of Bathory?” — Joshua Homme
After crisscrossing the Northern Hemisphere for over a year in support of their brilliant seventh studio album Ellipsis, Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro announce their return to New Zealand for one all-ages show at Spark Arena on April 24.
Coridian are ready to unveil their 2nd release Caldera this November. With the help of Zorran Mendonsa this packet of sound includes two released singles Blind Faith (2016) & Reflections (2017) as well as four new tracks that have been road tested on stage.
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!