Interview: Michael Timmins, Cowboy Junkies

Interview: Michael Timmins, Cowboy Junkies

By Labretta Suede

Cowboy Junkies will be returning to New Zealand May 2020, showcasing their newest album All That Reckoning and old fan favourites. With three decades behind them, consistently delivering creative, alternative sounds and staying true to themselves, they are eagerly anticipated by their Kiwi and Aussie fans.

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Interview: Neil Fraser, Villainy

Interview: Neil Fraser, Villainy

By Levi Harris

Kiwi-rockers, Villainy, have re-entered the scene after a four-year hiatus with a crash and yell!

Their recent album, Raised in the Dark—the collective —is a 10-track testament to their musical prowess… and with the ten being the best 10 out of 107 songs, you know that each song is deliberate and speaks to a vulnerability underneath all the heavy smashing, crashing, and noise. Being the collective imagination of the band and long-time collaborators, Tom Larkin (Shihad) and Samuel K, the album is loaded with creative riff-work, slamming rhythms, heavy guitar solos, and poetic lyrical work.

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Interview: Amy Mansfield, I Didn't Invite You Here To Lecture Me

Interview: Amy Mansfield, I Didn't Invite You Here To Lecture Me

By Andra Jenkin

One of our writers sat down with Amy Mansfield, writer of I Didn’t Invite You Hear To Lecture Me, ahead of the Basement shows. Most students throw out their study notes, but not Amy. She has kept hold of them for the past 20 years--vertibiam quotes from her lectures that are too good to ever get rid of. The play was shown throughout the Auckland Fringe Week 2018, and even in some personal living rooms, the vibe is very independent and witty. 

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Interview: Richard Shaw, Cradle of Filth

Interview: Richard Shaw, Cradle of Filth

By Mark Derricutt

It was a cold bleary eyed Saturday night as the clock struck midnight, and counted towards 1am… the time set forth to conjure Richard Shaw, guitarist for legendary UK black metal act Cradle of Filth. We talked ahead of their sold out, first ever performance here in New Zealand.

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Interview: Hermitude

Interview: Hermitude

By Andra Jenkin

Elgusto, one part of the innovative electronic/dance music duo, Hermitude, sat down with one of our interviewers this past week; chatting about their loaded schedule, the bands ethos, how they communicate an instrumental show, and their creative collaborations. 

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Interview: Seas of Conflict

Interview: Seas of Conflict

Catching up with friends who are musicians at their gigs is always an odd, awkward, rushed affair between sets, pack-down, or a series of inaudible shouts as another band plays. So with the release of the new Seas of Conflict single Monachopsis, I thought it was time I simply scheduled time for a chat, not only once but twice--due to technical issues--with guitarist Declan Storrie.

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Interview: Amanaki

Interview: Amanaki

I recently ventured back to my old festival haunting grounds - or at least the successor thereof.  It was a hot Sunday afternoon and after juggling band members between their Festival One main stage duties and their prior commitments off-site, I managed to sit down with the guys and gal from Amanaki - one of the few hardcore-metal acts to perform at the mostly radio-friendly festival.

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Interview: Ronnie Winter from The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Interview: Ronnie Winter from The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

By Saffy Wihoite

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are gracing our shores on the 28th of November at Galatos.  After a 4-year hiatus, they have burst back onto the scene and headed straight for the spot they are most familiar with, number 1 on the Billboard Christian Rock Charts.

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