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    New library ‘Wellington’ music on CD & Vinyl: July-Oct. Part 2: Tape Wolves/Mermaidens/The Black Seeds/Too Many Chiefs/Pervertor/Opium Eater

    04.12.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

    Every month, Wellington City Libraries acquires new CD’s for its large, broad, eclectic collection, and Wellington music is no exception. We regularly inspect Bandcamp, local music websites, trawl music vendors latest releases and check out independent labels like Flying Nun, Arch Hill, Rattle and Lil’ Chief for the latest in Wellington and New Zealand music. So, with this influx of mint music in mind, every month we’ll provide the latest titles and artists added to our Wellington music collection…

    Fabric / The BlackSeeds.
    6th full-length studio album from the Black Seeds after a 5 year break from 2012’s Dust and Dirt sees Barnaby Weir and Daniel Weetman’s vocals propel a harder more reflective edge to their patented reggae-dub sound. Single ‘Better Days’ establishes the bands trademark sunny groove, but some edgier synths and focused lyrics bring a darker vibe with tracks like ‘Lightning Strikes’ & the political/social focus of ‘Beleza’ which samples Noam Chomsky. Some crowd pleasing familiar elements will always be at play with any band that has been around as long as the Black Seeds, but they can still find nuances in different sounds, elements and lyrics to bring something fresh to the table. Bandcamp’s Album of the Day. Facebook here. Website here.

    So many tracks.
    The answer to what would happen if you put 4 distinct songwriters together on one album is answered with Too Many Chiefs ‘So Many Tracks’. After a chance meeting in a Paekakariki cafe in 2012, singer/songwriter bandleaders Laura Collins, Rob Joass, Andrew London & Wayne Mason decided to join forces and present a show featuring their favourite original songs, without their usual respective band mates. With the resulting studio album each track features a different leader, which may seem like it would lack identity or cohesiveness, but all the tracks play off each other nicely. Collins’ mournful ballads sit next to London’s whimsical tracks, Joass’ country-Americana and Wayne Mason’s classicism. Each person supports the other, instruments are swapped and you can feel the level of enjoyment they get from playing with each other, and the combined years of experience show in every track. Bandcamp here. Facebook here. Interview here.

    Perverted tales of depravity.
    Second album from Wgtn’s purveyors of Black Thrash metal. Features eight new tracks, that the band claim as being ‘forged in the fire of alcohol, heavy metal and perversion!…’. Who are we to argue with titles like ‘Systematic Violation’ & ‘Faecal Apocalypse’. A barrage of catchy thrash metal riffs underlie the unhinged vocals that could probably work well as the backing music for the fight scenes in hell’s arena…Bandcamp here. Facebook here.

     

     

    Ennui.
    Tagging Opium Eater as something encompassing like ‘progressive metal’ or ‘post rock’ probably acts as a limiter rather than anything else. ‘Post genre’ might be a better term as the band, signed to Art As Catharsis (the same label as Into Orbit), don’t really subscribe to any particular musical philosophy. Instead the songs on ‘Ennui’ form themselves through shifting styles, overriding an easy definition or pigeon-holing, subsuming genres, metres, keys, & vocal styles into the original narratives of each of the songs rather than being in service of them. With 3 vocalists at play and elements of everything really from post-hardcore/sludge, psych Rock, post-Rock, stoner riffs, desert rock, doom layers it’s impossible to delineate the trajectory of each track adequately, suffice to say that each is challenging and complex and overall its an alum that reveals its musical and emotional layers after repeated immersion. Bandcamp here. Facebook here. Interview here.

     

    Vinyl exclusives:

    Esoteric surf trash.
    The Tape Wolves second full-length LP ‘Esoteric Surf Trash’, via Stink Magnetic Records is more of the garage -surf-rock trash that defines their sound. Listen to ‘Mysterio’ here. Buy here.

     

     

     

     

    Perfect body.
    Vibrant second album from the Mermaidens trio scored a flurry of great reviews upon its release, and rightly so. The tracks wind in and out of indie rock influences (newer bands like Warpaint, and older classic exponents like Sleater Kinney), elements of shoegaze , brighter Britpop, & echoy layers of early Cure’s goth. As a whole the album sounds fantastic, the breathy vocals merging perfectly with the dense drum patterns and creeping sinuous guitar lines, creating a cavernous sound that builds and releases. The precision of the music is aligned with the murky melodicism of the vocals which shift between a intense attack and detached emotion, as they dissect the juxtaposition of animalistic physicality and the sensory experience of the natural, with the pressure of the modern digital world of social media, fractured relationships and uncertain interactions. Bold and accomplished, enigmatic and intense at the same time. Bandcamp Album of the day here. Facebook here. Bandcamp here.


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    New Album: Richter City Rebels

    30.11.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Dan from Richter City Rebels, who are just about to release their new album ‘Hard Work Hard Money’.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    Mostly at The Surgery in Newtown, Wellington but we did a couple special vocal overdubs elsewhere, and one of the singles, Never Know, was recorded at the RNZAF band rooms.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    We were very lucky to have legendary engineer Mike Gibson (Munki Studios) with us for the tracking, mixing and mastering. The tunes were composed long before the session but we did make some of the decisions in the studio, and Mike had some great technical and creative input along the way.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    We write the tunes as individuals and adjust them once we’ve played them. The songs really take shape on stage, but we have a few special traditions such as playing a brand new tune for the first time at soundcheck, or writing tunes or lyrics on specific stretches of road across the country.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    We want to bring the party atmosphere of the second line in New Orleans to our audience here, and also to have some of our friends as guests.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Very expensive microphones, and sacred ancient Jamaican medicines made from fermented sugar… heh

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    B.M.C. (the second single written by our trumpet player Ben Hunt) was written after some of our members spent time partying with TBC Brass Band at the Balcony Music Club in New Orleans in 2016. It’s got all the key ingredients – Huge minor-y bass line, screaming trumpet, hot spicy Latin flavour, a very very special solo by “Lil'” Glenn Hall from the legendary godfathers of modern second line Rebirth Brass Band, and a deadly vocal feature from local crew Raw Collective and Jinz Moss. It’s unstoppable and it’s gonna be absolutely fearsome when we play it live (with Raw Collective in effect) at the release show on December 1.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    CDs will go on sale at the release show, and it’s available on all digital platforms including Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp from December 1st.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    There are plans! Watch this space!


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    The Eighth Note: Miharo Gregory/Nation

    29.11.17 | 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 the multi-talented vocalist & Keyboard player Miharo Gregory, who is also the frontman of Soul/Pop group Nation.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My name is Miharo, I’m a singer, song writer, keyboardist and also the frontman/ yarner for the band Nation. Music is my way of filtering life and through song writing I learn more about the way I live within myself and the world. Life can be happy, heart-breaking, reflective, regretful, fleeting.. I want to paint as many colours of that spectrum as possible. That mind set encourages me to experience as much life as I can and write stories about it. With lots of funk.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I have been writing a few songs but the main project that’s been happening is
    Nation’s new EP. It’s called ‘Pop Vulture’ and it’s coming out early 2018. I’m really happy with it and I’m also very thankful to be in a band with such talented cats! We had a lot of fun with it and got experimental on some of the songs. It’s great to have the single ‘Summer’ out there finally!

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    You can find me wandering the streets of Kilbirnie most days but @Miharoboaz will get you to me on Facebook and Instagram, while @nationbandnz should find Nation on both platforms as well. [Nation:Facebook, Instagram].

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Don’t know if I could name three albums but three artists that inspired my song writing would be Ben Harper, Van Morrison and Muse.

    Single, May 2017

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    A Wellington artist I really like is Sea Mouse! Seamus has a few songs I wish I wrote and I’m actually doing a few things with him now so there you go! I’m a fan of Tunes of I and Louis Baker as well but don’t really know what I can offer there.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Favourite Wellington venue is the streets.

    S/T EP, 2016

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    If I’m writing songs for the band I usually come up with a lil morsel on the keys and the band throws their ideas in and it becomes a draft. Otherwise I make a whole simplified version of the song on Logic so the band can get the idea and then they make their parts better. Sometimes lyrics come first, but mostly the music and the song’s theme.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    My closest solo non-cover gigs are on the 6th of December (opening for Skymachine on their secret spots tour) and on the 8th of December (opening for Archie the Brave at Caroline). I’m sure Nation will announce a killer summer tour as well ;).


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    New Album: Needless Cane

    27.11.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Needless Cane who have just released debut full length album ‘Sick World’…

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    The album was recorded over a period of 6 to 7 months from November 2016 till June 2017. As for where it was recorded, I recorded the vocal tracks separately in my home studio (here in NZ) while the music and production was recorded over in the States by my friend and fellow artist Jeremy Garner.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Jeremy Garner was the man responsible for producing and engineering the record. As for tracks coming together, we would send each other ideas and demos through messenger and email.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    Jeremy would send me a demo through email and I would jam along to the sound and get an idea of how to perform it, often putting words together and finding a rhythm then later adding lyrics. I would record a few takes and send the isolated vocals alongside a rough mix of the song back to him. He would then mix, tweak it further and send me a version of that song to get my opinion on it. It was a very easy process of creating music and very different to what I was used to in the past.
    There are many themes included in this record, themes of how the world is and how it is perceived as a social media saturated culture. I’m an observer and I usually channel what I see in the world and how I view people. I love films and get inspired by them so I would create a song based on it as well as psychological themes, Metaphors, the occult and witchcraft. I feel that some of the songs have a strong essence of magic in them.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Absolutely, I wanted to challenge myself creatively and had the urge to experiment with a new sound that differs from the previous works that I had created with the band in the past. I felt like this collaboration with Jeremy would help conceive something very different and so far it has. I am pleased with how the record turned out.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Black Magic

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    It’s tricky to single out just one track as I feel as a whole entity the album itself works very well; each track compliments each other and tells the story of what is needed to be told.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    There will be physical CD’s in time but they won’t be available till early 2018, but they will complete the story of the record by showcasing a more in-depth visual representation of the album through its 8 page booklet with lyrics and Photography shot by the extremely talented Jess Cameron (Visceral Photography). As for now the record is on Spotify, Bandcamp, Google Play and iTunes. Also there are many others but these are the main and important ones.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    Yes there is already a music video out for the track “Kill Your Ego” (On YouTube) which was directed by Olex Cidor (Lenscraft Media) we released that back in July. There are also plans in doing 2 more videos for “Am I Pretty, Yet” and “Goddess of The Black Moon” and a possible 3rd video.


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    The Eighth Note: Physical

    24.11.17 | 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 Julia Parr (Black City Lights) who is part of new duo Physical, along with Nik Brinkman (Over The Atlantic, Junica), who released their debut album ‘Ride It Out’ in August.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are Physical, we write songs to wake up to & break up to & work out to.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We’ve been focusing on our live set, playing some support shows. We sat on this album for about a year before releasing it so it’ll be exciting to start writing some more music soon.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    We’re on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, Soundcloud – what ever you prefer!

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    If we’re going right back… my mum had this Putumayo world music album called Celtic Women of the World that I remember vividly and my dad had a copy of Prince Diamonds and Pearls that I loved as a kid. Also I have to put Spiceworld up there – still listening to this day.
    Nik remembers his earliest influences being Crowded House – Woodface, Queen – Greatest Hits 2, and Michael Jackson – Dangerous.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    We’re excited to play a gig with Josie Moon and Nik’s been writing some tracks with her. I really admire Estère, she is honestly one of the most talented women I know.

    What is your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    We’re loving the Meow refurb and we haven’t yet played at Caroline, but really enjoy going to gigs there. We really miss Mighty Mighty and Puppies and Watusi even… They were amazing venues with such great energy.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Nik will start with a stem of a chord progression, some basic synths and a vibe and I work in some meaningless melody and mould it into words, then we pull it all together and polish it up.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Nov 25th at Caroline with Waterfalls and Josie Moon!


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    The Eighth Note: Iris

    21.11.17 | 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 Iris Dunn originally from Napier, who now resides in Wgtn, and who records under the moniker IRIS music.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    I am IRIS. I have been attracted to music my entire life. From singing 70’s hits that Dad would crank on vinyl such as Queen and Pink Floyd around the house, to performing live Blondie numbers with my hi-5 microphone at kindergarten – there’s always been a spark there for me. Over the years I have learnt, grown and transformed not only as a musician but as a human. I feel like the way I shape my reality is represented through my musical exploration. I have found a way of writing that works for me – and it isn’t so much sitting down and deciding what to write about, it is more improvised and heartfelt. Often a feeling that takes over, without me being coherently aware of what I am writing, or the melodies that fall into place with certain chord configurations. It’s raw and I like that. As for my ‘sound’, I am appealed to a range of genre, and different elements from all kind of songs. At the moment I am playing around with reggae inspired bass runs and trap/house beats to blend with my jazz style, acoustic guitar and vocals.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I have a number of songs that I am working on, nitpicking away in logic and exchanging ideas with producers/friends to create a collection of works that I am 100% happy to share with the world. Planning to release my first single in February 2018.

    An older song written for the Play it Strange‘Peace Song’ competition, where it won Runner-Up.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Instagram: I share snippets of my song composition progress on ‘My Story’ often to offer a peek into what consumes me these days.
    Facebook: I post gig updates and other info about events that I am involved in.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Hard one, I am still growing up so I am just going to list the top three albums I believe have inspired my music to date.
    Frank – Amy Winehouse
    Drunken Babble – Kali Uchis
    Tawk Tomahawk / Choose Your Weapon – Hiatus Kaiyote.

    Another older original song.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    I’ve been working on a few things with Finn O’Brien (Beach Boy) lately and I’m really digging the results. I don’t really favour any musician over another but I’m definitely always keen to work with producers in particular.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    I don’t have a fave! But anywhere with good sound equipment/engineers.

    An older song from 2016, composed with Taachin Stellar Hakansson.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    It always begins with an instrumental or chord progression first. Then I let myself get lost, I allow my soul to be driven by a higher source if you will, I regard this as my higher self. There is a noticeable shift in creation when this happens, the lyrics and melody will just flow through me like an ocean breathes. It’s magical, that’s why I don’t need drugs haha.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Thursday 23rd, Poquito Bar.


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    The Eighth Note: Owlet Nightjar

    20.11.17 | 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 Tim Key, guitarist for Newtown Rocksteady, who has a new music project Owlet Nightjar.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    I am Tim Key, frontman/guitarist/singer/songwriter for Owlet Nightjar. I also play guitar for Newtown Rocksteady.
    Owlet Nightjar is a project I started just over a year ago while living in the forest in Reikorangi, near Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast. I was inspired to make an album, wrote the songs and recorded demos in a wee garden shed/studio amongst the trees, then put a band together and came to town to record at the Blue Barn with James Goldsmith.
    It’s a concept album about the principle, or tattva, embodied by the Hindu god Shiva, told through the allegory of the life cycle of a tree. Musically it’s a mix of soul, dub and blues with elements of pop, psychedelic rock, reggae and hip-hop..

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We just released our debut album, The Regenerative Principle!
    It’s available exclusively on Bandcamp for now, pre-order CD’s shipping from 1st December, and all other online platforms (iTunes, Spotify, etc, etc…) from 1st December.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Follow us on Facebook and find our music on Bandcamp.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Ooo that’s a tricky one… depends on when I ‘grew up’ and I’m not sure I have yet! But assuming we’re talking about childhood, I’d have to say:
    Jimi Hendrix, Live at Monterey – We had it on tape and Hendrix is one of my earliest musical memories. Almost definitely heard it from the womb! Both my parents are huge fans. They actually met to a song of his being covered by kiwi band Ticket at a dance in Christchurch. He’s the reason I wanted to play guitar since before I can remember.
    John Mayall, Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton – Such a great album! One of my all-time faves. Another massive guitar-playing inspiration.
    Roy Buchanan, The Best of Roy Buchanan – You might notice a bit of a theme going on here. Another wailing guitar hero! My first musical love was (and more-or-less still is) lead guitar. This guy was an absolute master of the form. He can literally make your spine tingle with a single note. Amazing tone and technique.
    So many more but these three stand out as really early formative influences.

    Which other Wellington musician(s) would you most like to work with?
    Not sure if he still counts as a ‘Wellington musician’ (since he doesn’t live here anymore) but I’d love to work more with Imon Starr. His vocal delivery, freestyling and musical ability are all phenomenal. Heaps of the best gig-memories from my early days in Wellington (early 2000’s and on) involve Imon in one of his incarnations (Rhombus, Olmecha Supreme, Afronesia, The Eggs, etc., etc…).
    I’ve been fortunate enough to jam with him a few times here and there but to actually collaborate on something would be awesome. We were neighbours for quite a few years so you’d think it might have happened then! But I think we’re both a bit shy! Some day I hope bro!

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    That would have to be San Fran. Great production, choice crew, classic green room and big high stage to make you feel like a rockstar! (Haha but I do have a soft-spot for the intimate, no-stage vibe of Southern Cross too.)

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    This particular album/project started from a core concept that I wanted to explore so I began by sketching out a conceptual framework for the album. From there it was mostly jamming/noodling and coming up with little musical ideas (usually on guitar but a few on piano and sometimes just a bassline or groove in my head) that I would jot down (record on my phone). Then it was a matter of going back through these little jotted down fragments and thinking “right, where does this sound like it might fit into the framework?”, then fleshing out these little ideas by writing lyrics and shaping the songs to fit the conceptual mold. It was actually a pretty efficient process!
    I had set myself the challenge of getting the whole album done from start to finish in a timeframe of 3 months, so I was really motivated! I allowed a month for the songwriting/recording demos phase, which meant no time for second-guessing or over-working ideas. It was a first-in, first-served kind of situation!
    In the end the whole thing, from the initial decision to make an album to receiving the final masters, took around 3 and a half months.
    (Although I must admit: the original crazy-ambitious plan was to actually release the album within that 3 month timeframe, and that part has ended up taking a lot longer. I do think it could’ve been done but the goalposts shifted somewhere along the way…)

    Where/when is your next gig?
    A very good question! I’ll have to get back to you with the specifics… but let’s just say somewhere in Wellington… later this summer!
    Keep an eye on our Facebook page!


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    The Eighth Note: STELLARIZE

    17.11.17 | 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 Dee Corcoran, a singer-songwriter from Canada, who is currently based in Wellington and records under the moniker STELLARIZE.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My name is Dee, My artist name is stellarize. I am a female singer songwriter from Canada. I am a bit of a gypsy, wanderer and dreamer… I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I began writing poetry when I was quite young which naturally lead to songwriting. My music has definitely been a ever changing journey for me, I can write really happy quirky pop songs and then I can go into a really dark place and write something grungy and raw, real opposite to my quirky love/pop songs.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I have been working on a record for the past year now, I have been working with the amazing Toby Lloyd, using his house studio and we also have had some recording sessions using Park Roads studios. The last 2 years I have really been working on a certain sound and capturing the kind of songs I want for the next project I release. I am really happy with where the songs are heading. I will be doing more recording beginning 2018 and I hope to have the album fully completed mid 2018. My next single will be released in a few months with a awesome cute video along with it! I can’t wait

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music
    My Website is linked to all my social media tags. Youtube is a good place to find me and I now have 1 song on Spotify which I released this year.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    The cranberries – No need to Argue
    Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
    Dr Hook – The Best of

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Hmmm I feel like I am really lucky that I get to work with the people I do now.

    What ís your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    I really love Meow, Ive played there once for a charity gig but I would really like to head line a show there one day!

    In your songwriting or composing (or the bandís songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    I have many methods of writing. It’s never usually the same. I make little voice notes on phone of melodies that come to me and I’ll go back to them sometimes months to years later and work on them. Or I’ll write lyrics then one day have a guitar riff and just piece them together. Or I’ll sit with the guitar and something will just naturally flow out. Its so different every time!

    Where/when is your next gig?
    I am playing Nov 18th at the Seatoun Bowling Club, opening up the show for The Rodrigo Brothers and Martin Andrews.


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    The Eighth Note: Zero Cool

    10.11.17 | 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 Scott Maynard (Fuyuko’s Fables, Pales) who is in a new band signed to Ball of Wax Records called Zero Cool.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My name’s Scott Maynard – I’ve been playing in bands in Wellington for the last 10 years.
    I grew up in Gisborne playing in punk and metal bands with my brothers and friends but since moving to Wellington I’ve played mostly in jazz, folk, and rock ish scenes.
    The main projects I’ve been writing for over the years have been Fuyuko’s Fables, Pales, and currently Zero Cool. Right now I’m also playing in Black Spider Stomp, Seamouse, and Blaek.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Lately I’ve been working on the release of a 7 track album for Zero Cool – It’s a 3 piece indie-rock thing with my brother Matt and friend Symon. The album has taken about a year to get the whole thing together (kind of slow going as I’ve had zero budget). It has just been released actually!
    I’m definitely keen to do a follow up album for zero cool. We have a few songs that were written after I started recording that I’d like to get down.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Everything is available online on Bandcamp. Zero cool is also on iTunes and Spotify.
    Facebook is probably the easiest way to check out what we’re up to – we post articles, releases, and upcoming shows up there. I also keep a Soundcloud account that has all my music from different bands on it.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Hmmm. I always find it difficult to do rankings and know what has influenced me.
    Some of my earliest memories of listening to music were of Louis Armstrong, Edith Piaf, and Bob Dylan on my parents’ cassettes.
    I’d say more of my more influential musical experiences have come in my adult life or not from albums. Studying with some amazing people – Alison Barclay, Roger Sellers, Dan Ryland. Seeing local an international bands live – Seth Frightening, Meth Drinker, Groeni, Grizzly Bear, Ornette Coleman! I think live music and personal interacts have more of an impact on me.
    Sorry – a bit of a cop out answer.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    There’s so many! I’m lucky to already work with some of my favorite musicians.
    I’d like to do more with Al Green (Groeni/producer), Emi Pogoni (sonic artist), Lily West (Mermaidens), Te Atawhai Ponga (3ch∆in$&a†∆•nga), Anna Wooles (Ida Lune)
    There’s too many talented people to list and I’m definitely holding back so I don’t look too creepy.

    What is your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Anywhere you can get a decent soundcheck! That’s the difference between feeling happy or bummed with your set for me. It’s pretty slim pickings at the moment for venues for original/alternative music, but the main ones (Meow, Caroline, San Fran, Moon) are all good!
    I really enjoy playing smaller but full spaces though, private venues and house shows are my fave.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the bands songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Usually I’ll start with one basic idea – A melody or a guitar/bass riff/chord sequence, and as that idea develops there’s normally a few alternative ways to approach that idea so you can use that to flesh out the rest of the song. I try not to ram in to many ideas when writing to give each piece its own flavour. I also like to really let the melody guide the song’s direction. With lyrics, I just go with whatever theme the music leads me towards and try to stick with that. I figure if nothing else it’s sincere. With Zero Cool there has definitely been an deliberate simplifying of parts to keep it raw and give the music a bad attitude.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Zero Cool are playing our album release show this Saturday, 11th Nov at Caroline with Heavy Chest, and Bad Friend.
    We’ll be in Christchurch Saturday the 25th of November at Darkroom with Wurld Series, and Brian Tamaki and the Cool Aid Kids.
    Aaaaand Auckland at Whammy’s Backroom on Friday the 1st of December with Milk, and Hagseed.
    We’re also doing a day time house show on the 9th of December as part of a showcase for our record label Ball Of Wax.


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    The Eighth Note: Blue For Noon

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    ‘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’s are Sonya & James from new electropop duo Blue for Noon.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are 2 people making it up as we go. We’re inspired by what we listen to as well as what’s going on around us. There are a lot of really exciting things happening in Wellington which drive us to be more creative.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Currently working towards an EP, so we have enough new songs to play a live set!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    We are on Facebook, Instagram & Bandcamp!

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Sonya: I listened to a lot of Russian music so I would have trouble referencing, but I guess there was a lot of electronic music a.k.a TaTu as well as 80’s rock bands that took off back home like Kino.
    James: Daft Punk – Discovery, Common – Resurrection, Gorillaz – Demon Days.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    We are big fans of Fazerdaze and wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to record a song with her.

    What is your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    We haven’t actually played a live set anywhere, but we would be stoked to play a few songs at Caroline!

    In your songwriting or composing (or the bands songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    We are very collaborative in our process, but both have clearly defined roles when writing & recording. We work on progressions together as well as additional lyrical and instrument parts which we occasionally develop separately. At the end of the day we are super considerate of each other and what each of us want out of the project.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    We are looking at playing an intimate show at a friend’s house in early December, more details to come!


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