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    New Album: Hobnail

    16.10.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Rob from Hobnail who have just released their 7th album, ‘Blue Sky Songs’, in a career that now spans 23 years.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    Basic tracks were recorded at The Surgery in Wellington with Andrew Downes Engineering. Overdubs including Guitars, vocals and some violins and percussion were recorded at Mad Dog Studio which is my home studio. I also mixed the album at home. Mastering was done by Ross McDermott at Audiosuite in Kapiti.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Caroline Easther (Drummer) and I shared production on the album. Songs were pretty well rehearsed and arranged before we started recording, although some arrangements came together or were altered during recording. Arrangements are a pretty collaborative process in Hobnail. We’ve been working together for a long time and all have ideas on what will best serve the songs.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    I’m the main songwriter in the band, although this time around Jo sings 3 songs which are all covers, and Hamish sings 2, 1 of which is an original and the other written by our friend Jeff Simmonds. I write songs fairly compulsively, but find I need time and space to get any real work done. So I’ve always got tons of half finished ideas flying around, and then when I get some free time to focus will tend to finish off a batch. I think my 5 on this album came from a demo of about 15 that I put forward to the band. Themes? Life, death, love and broken hearts. Although the overall feel of the album is upbeat and optimistic. Blue Skies ahead…

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Yep. Our previous album (String Things) was a bit of a career retrospective in that we gathered songs from throughout our (then) 21 years together, and had an extensive guest list and some pretty big productions. On this album we decided we wanted to keep it to pretty much the 4 of us, with a more acoustic sound, which is reflective of our live sound.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Well, I have some really nice acoustic guitars and my home studio setup is geared toward capturing a warm sound, so mostly valve microphones and pre-amps.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    Hard to say, because with 3 different singers across the album the sound does change, and we do touch on various styles across the folk/rock spectrum from song to song. That said, our first single ‘Every Single Day’ is a good place to start.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Yes – both physical CD’s and links to iTunes and Bandcamp can be had from our Website.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    After 23 years together, we shot our first ever music video for ‘Every Single Day’.


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    New Album: Del Thomas

    05.10.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Del Thomas, who has just released his 3rd album ‘Changes Coming’.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    It was recorded during May-Aug this year at my home studio – Summerfield Sound.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    I engineered and produced it with some input from the other musos and Davy Gollan – a good friend who has very good ears. We recorded the rhythm tracks – drums, bass and rhythm guitar as a band in order to capture a live feel with everyone feeding off each other’s playing. Vocals and other instruments were added as overdubs. The players on the album are Dougal Speir (guitar), Elliotte Fuimaono (bass), Mo Phillips (drums) and additional vocals by Lynley Christoffersen and Jade Eru (The Tempests). I played guitar, harmonica and various keyboard and synth noises as well as lead vocals.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    Some of the songs are quite old, having been written back in the late 90s but have taken on a different feel from the original versions which I played with my first band in NZ (Glass Onion). These songs are Real True Love, Think of Yesterday, Fault Line and Close as You Were. I was going through my songbook and found them and thought it would be interesting to resurrect them with the new band. And I’m glad that I did as I really like how they’ve come out. The other songs are all new, some only having been written within the last couple of months. I like to think of this as being the third volume of a trilogy of albums which started with Driving Home Alone in 2013. There’s a theme of lost love and longing which comes through many of the songs but I’ve always tried not to turn them into dirges or ‘sad bastard’ songs. Instead I prefer to connect what could be seen as sad lyrics with uptempo arrangements. I think I want to make the next album more acoustic just to show a different side to my writing.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    I like to keep the sound fairly similar on all the albums as most of my favourite albums have been recorded in the old school way with everyone in the room playing together. I like the live feel that a band playing together can bring to an album. I don’t think I’d ever try to change that. Fortunately, my studio set up allows this. Having said that, there are a few different sounds on a couple of the tracks. I got a small analogue synth recently so I used that on a couple of tracks and also having the additional vocals from Lynley and Jade really added an extra something to the overall sound. Also, Dougal Speir’s guitar playing style and tone are very different to mine so having him play on several of the tracks introduces a different tone and texture as well.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    I used my old Boss 1600CD recorder all the time. It has 8 inputs so you can track all the rhythm tracks together and the built-in effects are really good. It has a nice old-school analogue sort of sound. And the built-in mastering unit really brings all the tracks together. I’ve got a couple of nice Rode NT1 condenser mics that I use for vocals and acoustic guitar – and they’re also good for using as a room mic on guitar amps. Other than that, the drums and amps were mic’d using trusty SM57’s.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    I really like a couple of the tracks – Where the Sun don’t Shine and Real True Love. Dougal Speir’s guitar and Lynley and Jade’s vocals really make these songs stand out. I also really like the last track – and title track of the album – Changes Coming as it’s completely different to anything else I’ve done before. Once again, the female voices take this to somewhere I couldn’t have achieved on my own.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Physical copies will be available in a couple of months – the CD release gig will be at the Capital Blues Club at the Hotel Bristol on 5 Oct. The album will be on iTunes and possibly Spotify.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    No plans for a video at this stage but that might change.


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    New Album: Opium Eater

    29.09.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Sam from progressive post-rock band Opium Eater, who recently signed with Australian label Art As Catharsis who will release their full length debut, ‘Ennui’, on the 12th of October.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    The bulk of the material was recorded at Blue Barn studio in Wellington over the space of two very long days in September last year, with some finishing touches added later on. Vocals were recorded at Forkhead studios throughout the early months of this year.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    James Goldsmith engineered the album and we ended up deciding to have him mix it as well. This was then sent over to Audiosiege in the USA for mastering. The tracks were written and road-tested through numerous performances in the two years leading up to the recording sessions. This level of familiarity meant that we were able to knock out the bulk of the recording out very quickly.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    The blueprints for each song were mostly written by individual members of the band, which were then brought to the table to be fleshed out as a collective. I wouldn’t say that there are any specific themes going on throughout the record, however a lot of thought was put into making it a cohesive journey from start to finish.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Being our debut full-length album, I feel a lot of our process in putting this together was about us finding our sound and what we want to achieve musically and sonically as a collective. It’s funny, because we put out the ‘Canis Major’ EP in 2015, in which we were trying to explore our more textural side in a single long-form piece. However, it has felt like that one doesn’t represent us as a whole. With that in mind, it’s really good to have this one finished, because I really feel this one really does showcase all facets of what we do. Regarding the production style, we worked alongside James to attempt to really capture our live energy on through the engineering and mixing processes. This was something that was very important to us and it feels as though it has been very successful.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    The album was recorded live with most of the gear that we would use at our shows. This was crucial in capturing the aforementioned energy and overall feel. We also did a series of overdubs (mostly added guitar layers), which were captured through James’ impressive array of guitar amps. It should be said that we are also fiends for effects pedals, which were used heavily throughout the tracking process.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    This is quite a tough question as I feel that each track has a feel that is distinctive to the others on the record. We chose ‘Babelsteps’ as the lead single as we felt that it captures most facets of our sound in an immediate and somewhat palatable way.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    The album will be officially released on October 12th on a variety of digital platforms (Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify) and will also be released physically on CD. We would have liked to have pressed it to vinyl as well, but unfortunately the album ended up being too long!

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    We have had a bit of interest in this area from a few people who work within that realm, however nothing is as of yet in the works. Watch this space!


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    New album: Full Moon Fiasco

    25.09.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Berlin based Full Moon Fiasco, who have just released their long anticipated 2nd album Summer Eyes’.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    The album was recorded in Newtown flat by the zoo, by the beach in Waikane and in a converted office (now rehearsal) space in one of Berlin´s industrial areas.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    I engineered and produced the album, it was mastered by Bevan Smith. There was never a studio as such, just a mobile set up that moved around. Most of the writing happened beforehand and then the initial instrumental parts would be played live or partly live. Afterwards I added synths, percussion, vocals etc. The overdubs were done in various places depending where I was.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    For this album I wrote a lot on a guitar before hand then when I had the basic structure, the melody and the feel I would teach it to the other´s who were going to record it as well. Sometimes just starting with drums, sometimes with bass and organ or synth as well. There was also a couple of improvisations recorded in the makeshift set up live and one piece that uses samples and was built up from there. There is no theme as such. But it does contain reflections of where I was, and what was happening in waking and dreaming life.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    I really wanted it to sound like there is a subtle movement through the whole thing. Like the pitch is changing, just a little all the time over particular frequencies. It was also a more ´live´ album than the last one Cosmic Palms.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    For the live tracks I used a larger tape machine than I had used before, an 8 track reel to reel, as there were more tracks that needed to be recorded simultaneously. It wasn’t running that well though, and there was only one tape, an old Letterbox Lambs session. Once we got to the end, I would bounce down the 25 minutes of recording straight to four tracks on the computer. The reason being that I thought I had an 8 input soundcard coming, but it turned out to be only 4 and I couldn’t get another one in time! That made for some interesting on the spot mixing. Later on I did a lot of processing with different modulation devices and reverbs, layering textures under the finished tracks. Starting with tape machines and moving to digital seems to work the best for Full Moon Fiasco albums.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    Not really one. They fit together quite well I think. Each adding a little piece to the whole. I do have tracks that I prefer to listen to though. Plantation for instance.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Yes! There is a limited edition run of vinyl and cassette available via Fantasy Fiction Records. But you can also listen on Bandcamp, Spotify, Youtube etc.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    There are two videos, one for Sight Unseen My Pixie Queen and one for Diamond Dancer. Both are already up online. I think there will be one more to come. But for now that´s in the works.


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    The Eighth Note: George Young

    22.09.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.

    A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

    Today’s guest is Electronic Soul singer George Young, who has just released his debut EP.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My name is George Young and I sing and play over soulful beats that I create.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I have just released my first EP ‘Aside’. Currently working on the next EP.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Spotify. For some reason, I’m the easiest to find George Young on there. Also iTunes.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Neil Young-Harvest
    Gorillaz-Self Titled
    Rage Against The Machine-Self Titled

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Mara TK. Hollie Smith. Devin Abrams. Warren Maxwell. Fly my Pretties.

    What ’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Super tough question. They’re all great. We need more.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band ’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    It starts small and somewhere random. Sometimes I find the crux of the song first and work around it. Sometimes it’s a jam and it just flows. It’s always been different and unexpected. That’s what I love about writing!

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Either at the a gig raising money for Kaibosh, an amazing charity. Or I’m playing at the Lombard lane launch. I’m just confirming dates atm.


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    The Eighth Note: Yayné

    19.09.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.

    A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

    Today’s guest is neo-soul singer Yayné.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    Hey I’m Yayné, I’m a neo-soul singer hailing from Chch and now based here in Wellington as of just over a year ago. Before this I was based in Auckland for 3 years, which was a great move in terms of the connections I made in the industry, and getting a feel for the different scenes. Wellington definitely takes the cake though! I released my debut solo E.P Simple Pleasure at the beginning of this year, and before that I featured on a long list of collaborations with some really talented local musicians. I have a degree in performing arts, and have been singing since before I could talk apparently!

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Lately I’ve just been laying low, jamming with the band and working on some original music. Ideally we’d like to release an EP early next year!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Either Facebook, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes, Tumblr.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Alicia Keys – Songs in A Minor
    Christina Aguilera – Stripped
    Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

    Yayné ft. MeloDownz ~ IDFWU ~ Live at Cassette 9 (4.2.17)

    Here's a snippet of 'IDFWU' ft. MELODOWNZ from Saturday's gig in AKL… Thanks to everyone who made it along!! & Madcap for hosting us ~ was a dope night. Cheers to Chelsea for capturing this x You can download the whole 'Simple Pleasure' EP for FREE via Bandcamp/Spotify/iTunes… Go get! yayne.bandcamp.com xxx

    Posted by Yayné on Sunday, 5 February 2017

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Mara TK / Electric Wire Hustle
    Troy Kingi

    What ’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    So far the Rogue and Vagabond!

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band ’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    It’s so deferent every time depending on the inspiration and when it strikes but at the moment with the band, we start with a jam, without thinking too much about it, see where it takes us, see if any solid ideas form, record what we can and go from there :). See what strikes us listening back and what we can build on, maybe go away and work on parts on our own and bring it back to the next practice.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Saturday September 30th at Rogue and Vagabond ~ see you there!! 🙂


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    New Album: Kariiiba

    14.09.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Wellington producer Clae Baxter aka Kariiiba, whose latest album ‘Hot Shower Muzak’ was released earlier this month.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    The album was made over the last couple of years, at home in my bedroom!

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    I produced HOT SHOWER MUZAK entirely by myself! I have recently been sorting through a whole heap of unreleased music, and these particular 12 tracks came together as single project based upon a shared lush, bouncy, spicy aesthetic that I came to know as HOT SHOWER MUZAK. I have another couple of releases coming up that were created in the same way, sorting through my beats and grouping songs together based on their ‘vibe’.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    Making music is like a game to me, it’s my ideal leisure activity, so the album really just stems from me mucking around and having fun in my DAW in my evenings or on the weekend.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    HOT SHOWER MUZAK to me, is music that sounds like a hot shower feels.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    My Native Instruments Maschine is my baby, I make pretty much all of my music using that beautiful little thing.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    It’d have to be ‘garlic’ for capturing the overall vibe, though swisher and ‘whipper’ are two personal favs of mine.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    No physical copy, but you can get it pretty much anywhere online: Spotify, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, iTunes, a bunch of other places.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    The whole album can be viewed on YouTube, though I wouldn’t call em ‘proper’ videos. Working on some stuff for upcoming releases though so watch this space.


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    New EP: Blaek

    12.09.17 | Permalink | 1 Comment | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New EP’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest EP release. Up next is classically trained vocal virtuoso Rose Blake (Ida Lune, Pales), who has stepped into new territory with her exploration of the electronic music world with new musical project Blaek.

    When/where was the new EP recorded?
    The EP was recorded in a few different places. The vocals were recorded in my home studio, while the strings were recorded in a larger space at my friend’s house. Other elements, including the analogue synths, and computer-generated sounds were recorded at home. I worked on the songs throughout 2015 and 2016.

    Who produced/engineered the EP? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    I worked with a good friend, Al Green, who co-produced the EP with me. I went to him with the written tracks and had some good sessions working through the sounds I wanted to create. It was a very honest process and if I didn’t like something he did, I felt comfortable to say so and vice versa.

    Does the shorter format of an EP give you the option to experiment in any way with your sound or with different forms of song-writing?
    Definitely, it was my first venture into creating this kind of music. I think writing in this format gave me the opportunity to play around with different sounds and take risks to find out what I wanted to create without it being too overwhelming.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    I was lucky to have access to some exciting synths such as a Juno-60 and a few other gems such as several Dave Smith synths. I was very excited to be able to manipulate the timbre of the sound to fit with the different moods of each song. I was also interested in manipulating my voice. This is something I’ve never done before and I found it fascinating to experiment with all the different ways you can manipulate such a personal instrument.

    Is there a particular track or theme that the EP was formed around?
    I never settled on a specific theme for the EP but I think there is a personal and restless quality throughout the work. I really wanted the listener to be able to make their own connections with the music without spelling out the meaning of each song directly to them. At the same time, I also wanted to express more personal and specific feelings or things that I have experienced in my own life.

    Where do you see the EPs place in growing an audience online? Do you see it as a progression towards an album or a separate entity?
    The EP has been released purely online, as this is my very first release under the name Blaek. it’s a crucial step in getting my music out there and making it available to a wider audience. I think this is a step towards an album or another EP. I feel like this has been a great way to find the initial sound of Blaek and now I can explore it further. I have also been working with a new local Wellington label called Ball of Wax – they have been great at helping my release and promote the EP!

    Which digital platforms is it available on?
    The EP is available to listen to or purchase on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, iTunes and Spotify.

    Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    I have now done a release gig but I’m planning to perform more gigs in the future!


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    New Album: Starving Millions

    05.09.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Starving Millions, whose new album ‘V’ was released late last week.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    We recorded this album in July/August mostly in our rehearsal room at Toi Poneke. A few parts were added at Dave’s house and all the vocals were done at our friend Jimmys as he has vocal booth set up.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    We produced the album ourselves, we had complete control over every step of the process and could be quite flexible with how we did things. Throughout recording we shared the tracks on dropbox to give feedback on the mix and sound.
    Peter recorded his guitar parts first so that Sam could write lead lines at home and then bring to recording. Sam created the first half of the intro track on his set up at his house and then set to Dave for Mixing and mastering.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    Dave has had these songs written for quite a while, so after he wrote the backbone of the songs, it was a case of taking it apart, adding/changing parts and putting it back together. Pete had most of the lyrics completed before recording with only a few changes made on the day of recording.
    The lyrics are mainly taking a look at the state of social and racial divisions in life and politics but trying to look with hope for improvement the current low we are in.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    We wanted to stick to the dark and heavy sound of our last album but we also wanted to look to where we can branch out into our music. We shared a lot of other bands with each other and talked about what aspects we liked and wanted to play.
    Dave based a lot of the guitar riffs on the drums and then worked into a song strong structure. We approach the songs based on the fact that we will be playing them live and we want to catch the vibe. The drums were tracked live with minimal touch ups, so that we can get that sense of live sound.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    There’s no secret sauce to our recording gear. It’s the type of equipment that normally find in a hardcore punk album. Lot’s of high gain distortion, amps, Sans amp on the bass.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    ‘Us and Them’ really highlights the sound that we were aiming for in this album. It’s a bit more melodic and mid tempo than our previous album, but it shows that progression in style that we wanted.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Physical copies will be available on CD and Cassette, via Good Times Records and will also be available digitally via Bandcamp, iTunes and Spotify.


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    The Eighth Note: Hault

    01.09.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.

    A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

    Today’s guest is Sean from heavy rock group Hault, who have just released their debut EP.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    Consider us a Gen X band! We are a Wellington based 3 piece playing original heavy riff based stoner rock with a grunge rock twist! The band consists of myself, Sean Fitzpatrick on bass, Grant Lister on drums and Mike Cole on guitar / vocals. Mike is responsible for penning most of our current songs though we are all now actively making contributions.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We have just released our first studio EP with 4 songs entitled ‘B Side’ It was recorded here in Wellington at Blue Barn Studios with James Goldsmith (same place and man who did the Beastwars album) and then mastered by Mike Gibson at Park Road Post.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Our website. Music is available on our Bandcamp page. We are currently waiting for the music to be confirmed for Spotify, iTunes and so forth, so it will be available there soon.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Speaking for myself (Sean) I was a massive fan of The Who – especially the Face Dancers album, believe it or not. I was later really taken with progressive bands like Rush – Hemispheres sticks out there for me. Later I would say the King’s X album Dogman – especially in terms of using 8 and 12 string basses…I use an 8 on some Hault songs.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    It is a shame Beastwars have essentially retired as their audience and ours would be very similar. We have had the joy of playing with many other brilliant up and coming local acts that people really should pay more attention to. Ultranauts for example are writing brilliant songs – also Electric Goat and Greene King have a sound that works with ours. Captured Kings are a band of young guys who I enjoyed playing with – they do old school European Power Metal – not like our sound at all but those guys are going to go far. The important thing is playing with bands who have a similar audience to yourself – that way you know you are going to deliver a good night for the people who paid at the door.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    We play at Valhalla a lot – it is about the only decent place in town for a band like ours. It has the right vibe and Ben has always been a huge support for Hault.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    We were lucky when the band came together that both Mike and I had a lot of songs we had written previously. Some were complete, some just ideas – but we have been playing mainly Mike’s compositions until recently when a few of mine were added to the set. Trick has been to find songs one has written that suit the style of the band.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    We are playing in the first heat of the Battle of the Bands at Valhalla October 11. There is also a 99% chance of a gig at Lovelands, Porirua on October 7th so stay tuned!


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