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    New Album: Terror of the Deep

    03.05.19 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is William from Terror of the Deep, who have just released new album ‘The A-Team’.

     

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    Half of the album was recorded in 2016 at The Phoenix Foundation’s old studio in Berhampore that was called The Car Club (we were the last band to record there before it was demolished), and the other half was recorded in 2017 at a studio in Newtown called Building M.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Tom Watson, who also keys in the band, engineered and recorded the 2016 Car Club sessions, and was also responsible for engineering and recording the overdubs for those session at his studio, called Brownhead. Warwick Donald engineered and recorded and 2017 Building M sessions and subsequent overdubs on those, and he mixed the final album too, doing an excellent job of making the songs from the two quite different aurally sounding sessions sound resemblant on of the final album. All songs were initially rehearsed in our practice room, and then were road tested whilst we were on tour, but not to the point that we had overplayed them and that they were still fresh to us all.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    All songs were brought to the practice room by their respective writers almost fully formed; we would then rehearse them as a band and flash out any further arrangements in the practice room. Unlike our last album, which was intentionally a concept album about space exploration, there was no intentional theme for this album.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Not intentionally. However, we had had people who have heard the album say that this is the most stylistically varied album we have made to date, however that was due to accident rather than design.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    The only major difference between this album and our previous releases is that there is much more acoustic guitar on this album. On all previous albums the electric guitar was the primary guitar, on this one it disproportionately has more acoustic guitar featured.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    I’m a bit too close to the project to give an objective opinion, but my personal favourite song on the album is Tonight.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not, which digital platforms is it available on?
    The album will be released through the usual digital avenues (Bandcamp, Spotify, etc…) on 1 May. It will be released on cassette by two separate labels; Hobbies Galore in Melbourne and Melted Ice Cream in Christchurch in the next few months. It will also be pressed on vinyl by our New York based record label, Selection Records, later in the year.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    Our album launch show is happening at Moon in Wellington on 4 May, and we also have a few shows booked in Christchurch and Lyttelton in a few months’ time. It’s been a while since we have properly toured so no doubt more shows around the country will be added in due course. No video plans yet but one will more than likely be made soon.


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    New Album: The Shocking and Stunning

    11.04.19 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is The Shocking and Stunning, a duo that combine densely layered synths and live drums to make wall-of-sound music that sits between dance, trance, noise and drone. They were very active in the early 2010’s, releasing six EPs, collaborating with rappers Tourettes and Name UL, DIY touring constantly, performing at festivals such as Camp A Low Hum, Chronophonium and Rhythm and Alps, and playing many house parties. After laying low for a number of years, and despite members now being in separate countries, they have released their long-overdue full-length album. Ten tracks. Five new, five re-recorded from older releases. We caught up with Jack from the band to find out a bit more about it.

     

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    We recorded the drums first, with James Goldsmith at (the now demolished) Munki Studios all the way back in 2014. Everything else on the album is electronic, these parts were recorded and layered over the drums in Jack’s home studio.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    The album is self-produced, and mixed / engineered by James Goldsmith. The album is split 50/50 between new tracks and re-recorded older ones. Some tracks, such as Return of the Rock God are close recreations of the original versions. Other tracks like Sun Chief were completely remade after recording, with only the drum beat staying the same. James mixed the drums and electronic parts together at Bluebarn Studios, and made it all sound huge.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    We have always written tracks through jamming and refining, Sam on drums and Jack on synth/sampler. In terms of an overall theme for the album, we wanted it to feel like a full live set, something that can be listened to all the way through as a singular work. There aren’t any silences and the tracks all fade into one-another.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    For the album we wanted to refine and consolidate our sound. We released six EPs prior to the album, each a little different in sound and approach. The album is like a ‘best of’, drawing from these different approaches.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Nothing too specific. James used many, many, many microphones when we recorded the drums. For the electronic parts, Jack uses Logic Pro and a stack of synths and effect chains.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    Not so much an individual track, but I think you get a good indication of the album within the first couple of tracks. Compared to our previous releases there is a lot of variation in this album: Sun Chief is short and frantic, Jeer and Crow is slow and droning. The other tracks are somewhere in the middle.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    There are no physical copies (at this stage), however the album is available on all major digital platforms: Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes & Youtube.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    The band members are now living in different countries, so there are no current plans outside of the album release. We hope people enjoy the album!


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    New album: Julie Bevan

    10.04.19 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Julie Bevan. Julie travelled to Brazil 15 years ago to study samba and she returned there to record much of this new album. ‘Kaleidoscope’ is an eclectic album with flamenco, jazz, kiwi and Brazilian music styles, all vying for the listeners attention. It draws on all the musical experiences and styles of music Julie has been involved in over the years.

     

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    Brazil and Aotearoa NZ

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    The album was produced by Marcelo Nami at Mmstudios in Barra Mansa Brazil and at Surgery Studios in Wellington NZ. The mastering was done by Diogo Macedo of EME studio in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Some tracks were composed in Brazil and the rest here in NZ. Hence the name of the album ‘Kaleidoscope’.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    Some tracks came complete – an inspiration. The rest were crafted to encapsulate Brazil, always a country of inspiration for me.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    This album is my first time recording a complete album of original music. Some tracks reflect my love of Brazilian music and wanted to use those rhythms, recording those tracks with Brazilian musicians. Others are very much music from Aotearoa. I felt these needed to be recorded here.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    No.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    Yes there are two. ‘Danca dos Gnomos’ best represents the Brazil recordings. ‘A-Frame lullaby’ the NZ recordings.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Physical copies are available through SOUNZ,Marbecks Recprds & Real Groovy Records . Online from Bandcamp.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    We are working on the video of the opening launch. We are planning a New Zealand wide launch tour late in 2019 early 2020.


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    New Album: Caroline Easther

    05.04.19 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Caroline Easther, a local Music legend who held down the drum kit for the likes of The Chills, The Verlaines, Beat Rhythm Fashion, Hobnail and Barry Saunders for a good many years.

     

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    The album, Lucky, was recorded in two places – the drum tracks, bass tracks and some guitar tracks at Mike Gibson’s studio and all the overdubs with David Long at his studio on Owhiro Bay Road over the next 9 years!

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    The initial demos I recorded at home then used as a backing track to play with on any tracks I drummed on. Much of the arranging was done in my head before we headed in to do overdubs, but David Long was a wonderful source of sound and ideas.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    I write about everyday small things that strike me as interesting or funny or moving, and I write about the things and people I love.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    I was going for the sound I knew David Long could achieve. Organic, honest, spacious, and sometimes a little weird in an integrative sort of way. Is there such a word as integrative?

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Not really – David Long writes music for films so has a wonderful library of sounds and gear at his fingertips but I wanted a good, strong, pure, guitar driven overall sound..a trio of recorders makes an appearance, there is some pedal steel, some banjo, some uke, some melotron and some good melodies to hang everything on.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    The tracks really are quite different. ‘I Believe You Tonight’ and ‘Find Me’ perhaps – the (almost) instrumental Goodbye Little Boy is one a bit out of the box. Jaguar Boy sounds a bit country with very un-country lyrics.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    CDs are available from me at carolineasther@gmail.com or from Bandcamp.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    Yes, a video. It will feature horses!


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    New Album: Malignancy (NZ)

    29.03.19 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Tom from Malignancy-NZ.

     

    When/where was the new album recorded?

    The album was recorded between 2018-2019 and was recorded in my house in Newtown.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    I recorded all the parts in my bedroom studio. I then enlisted Sam (Vocalist) to come down to record the vocals. It was handed over to Harry Benson-Rea who mixed and mastered the whole album.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    Usually what happens is I’ll demo a few tracks and then send them to Sam who begins writing lyrics for new songs as they appear. Once the lyrics are finalised we record. The overall themes for this album are about a fictional character who is selected to become a new Horseman of the Apocalypse. The album tells the story of his destiny being manifested and his final form being developed.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Yeah, the last E.P had a much more home made raw sound to it. With this release I wanted a bit more polish and also to explore more post metal aspects through the music. I also used samples this time around to create more of a soundscape.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    I used a new guitar on this album with way higher output pickups. I felt this created a much more crushing massive tone . Gear was pretty metal standard, 5150’s and the like. The vocals I used two separate mics to capture a dual stereo track which gave it a much thicker tone.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    I think ‘Forge’ or ‘Headless’ captures the slow moving epic pace of the music that I tend to write while then developing into faster more heavier passages. They also show off the guitar layering that I use that adds more to the overall wall of sound that I use as well as harmonization.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Yes, physical copies are available on our Bandcamp. It will also be available on Spotify, YouTube, Amazon Music, iTunes, Tidal and smaller other digital platforms.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    A video for one of the tracks is being written. We are playing a release show on Friday 29th of March with Fall of Man, WitchBlade and Planet Hunter at Valhalla. $10.00


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    New Album: A.U.R.A

    26.03.19 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Albert Mikolaj, who records under the name A.U.R.A, and has just released new album Secret Intelligent Light.

     

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    Recorded over about 2 years from late 2016. At Ben Lemi’s home studio and mixes from my tiny 4 track recorder.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Ben Lemi produced the record. Again, a mixture of studio and home work. Ben and I collaborated a lot from a sonic texture point of view.

    How did the songwriting happen?
    Song writing is a beautiful beautiful thing and I have worked these songs over many many years. I think each song on the album had about ten demo versions with various changes. I love to search on the mystery and essence of a song.

    Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    There certainly are themes yes. I want the keen listener to extrapolate them I guess. Ultimately it comes down to being an artist and making art. As Joni Mitchell said “I was a hopeful in rooms like this when I was working cheap”.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Just sonically supporting the emotional journey and quiescence of the words.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    I had a very old nylon string guitar. The story goes Paul Simon commissioned its design and then didn’t like it…but I do! Cello, Harmonium, A Prophet. Few interesting quirks along the way.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    I love Dr Simone. Taalam Acey is one of my favourite spoken word artists of all time and allowed permission to use his words. A great blessing.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Yes! Vinyl is available from Cosmic Dreamer Music, Rough Peel and I believe most record shops around New Zealand.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    There is video for G I Wonder and Who Decides on my YouTube. We are thinking about more videos in the future.


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    New Album: Beat Rhythm Fashion

    15.03.19 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Nino Birch from legendary 80’s post-punk band Beat Rhythm Fashion, who have reformed after 35 years.

     

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    ‘Tenterhook’ has been a 2-2.5 year process. I laid vocals and gat tracks down as templates, flicked them to Rob Mayes in Tokyo. He laid bass onto the tracks and eventually we got the tunes to Caroline Easther in NZ. She went into Surgery Studios in Welly for a day session to lace real BRF drums into the songs. It took time but is was a damn fine process…which informed our creative journey with the material immensely. The album was eventually mastered in Tokyo – I joined Rob for this there and we rolled out a couple of gigs and filmed 2 vids while we were at it. A very productive visit to Japan it was;).

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Rob Mayes produced, mastered and engineered the album. This process occurred in constant consultation with me and as I said, we both sat in the flight chairs to master it…Rob at the helm while I listened and worked it all through with him. Ideal situation in truth. Rob and I are both very much on the same page…he checks everything through with me.. nonetheless we often come to the same decision in sync…sometimes it is a little weird ha ha.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    All the songwriting currently germinates from my end…lyrics and tune springs here but Rob conferences ideas and arrangement with me. We made a few changes to arrangements of the tracks on ‘Tenterhook’…nothing major but often the little tweaks here and there are the things that count. Rob added a number of elements to a fair degree in the tunes over and above his bass input. There are a few piano lines and horn lines he whacked in while most of the piano I played (and he tidied up…ha ha…Dan was the pianist..tho I can play ..my big bro was a brilliant pianist..and it was in fact his favourite instrument till his death in 2011). SO it is for this reason that Rob is credited for the music with me while I pen the story.
    The overall theme of ‘Tenterhook’ is much like the general tone and direction that has always driven BRF: Question everything, get active, wake up, challenge the rule of govt and corruption, question our inhumanity to one another, question this world at war since time immemorial and….frankly get off your ass and look at your shit and sort it out- help someone in need …pass on the oxygen mask…that sorta thing. The list is long. I am as angry with our human collective, me included, as I ever was and I seek change while now in my more seasoned epoch of my life, I chose to do my utmost to walk the talk. I am sick to death of all the preaching to the converted and the distraction of FarceBook and I am rooting for a more valuable and ground zero activation of our peephood. We are running out ion time…you know it …I know it ;)…. not. just saying…ha ha ..to use a really annoying trendy term;). By the same token I don’t like to use my music to lecture people…NO NO ..that is not cool at all. I want to take folks on a journey..leave them with a feeling and maybe that feeling is one we share and it colours our gesture to the world. I believe BRF music does that … at least this is what I am told ha ha.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    NO we were not trying to bounce out something different from what has always been the BRF sound. In fact our focus was to remain in that soundscape …big…lush…edgy.. lyrically forthright and politico poetica …. I made a joke with Rob the other day about our tag of Shoegaze DreamPop…. cos I don’t even really know what that is ha ha. I told him my music was more pre-appocalypso…too funny 😉

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Rob uses pro tools. I record with Ableton. I use a jazz master and run with a few effects but not much. Chorus, delay and o/drive are about it. But I like to run gats in stereo …always did live and intend to on the tour ..backline provisions permitting. Always used 2 JC 120’s live…big gat sweep is my aim. Solid big fat bass holding the guts and urgent drumming…thank you Caroline:)I think there is much to be said for double tracking gat and vox if you are up for it. Ancient trio in the book of tricks…it was one of Lennon’s pet wonders.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    I really am not sure about that. They are all rather different and all serve a valuable purpose to the overall picture of the album. The title Tenterhook (which is what Dan wanted to call our next band, before he passed on), speaks to our global state: the human psyche stretched to the limit of its endurance, pulled tight by the myriad impacts brought to bear by this clusterf**k of greed, senseless preponderance on economic growth and sheer wrecking ball tyranny, much of which is seeing the light of day due to our apathy and the play of an ancient collective of powerful narcissistic shitlords wielding power because we allow it.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Yes a pretty cool CD package is available to order from Failsafe Records or by messaging the BRF site on Farce Book, and available nationwide in select NZ music stores. The album is also digitally available on the Failsafe Records site, Bandcamp and will be available on Spotify and iTunes etc when we get that sorted upon our return from the tour.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    We have 3 vids ready to roll. ‘Hard as Hell’ the first single from the album was released with a video, which is on the tube, and ‘Property’ is our next release which will couple with a video. We have another vid lined up for the next song ‘Fake Peace’ that will roll out soon. Right now a main focus is bringing our live show to NZ….BRF’s birthplace ….where this all began. A perfect spot to bring it on again:)


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    New Album: Rob Joass

    07.03.19 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Rob Joass, who has just released his third album ‘Pencarrow’.

     

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    Drum and bass tracks were recorded at Audiosuite in Kapiti August 2018 with Ross McDermott engineering. I then moved to my home studio (Mad Dog studios, in honour of my 2 german shepherds) where tracking and first run mixing was done over the next 3 or so months.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    I self produce. I like to grow songs in my home studio, and experiment with guitar parts,vocals and other arrangement ideas as I go. I also mix as I go, as to me these things are all interrelated. I then went to my old friend Andrew Downes (we used to co-own a recording studio together called Mediate Recording) at his Home-Run Studio in Miramar where we did final touches on the mixes. Andrew also mastered it.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    I write fairly constantly, so these are essentially my favourites of the last few years, and I’ve also rearranged an old song (‘Baggage’) and covered a Paul Kelly song that I’ve always loved. There’s no overriding theme to the album but I did want it to have more love, hope and redemption than my last album (Black and White).

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Following on from my last answer, ‘Black and White was’ a break-up album that was very stripped back and intimate. Sound-wise I was thinking Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska for that one. This time I wanted to be more expansive. I have a great band now – Hamish Graham on drums, Murray Costello on Bass and Alan Norman on Keys, and they’re all over the new album. I also played more electric guitar on this one.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    So, My Gretsch and Reverend electric guitars feature, as well as my Martin acoustic. Studio wise I I used a Focusrite ASA 1 mic pre on most things, and I’m fond of the Waves Abby Road Plates reverbs. They’re all over it. Nice, natural and lush.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    Not really – the album is quite varied, in a typical singer songwriter sense. I’d probably point you at the title track, ‘Pencarrow’, which in it’s way is an atypical song for me. It started life as an instrumental, then I added some words. It starts out with a single guitar and builds into the full band. I wanted the album to be relevant to both my solo performances and when I play with the band, so I guess Pencarrow does capture that.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    I will have CD’s available and it will be available to download and stream from all the usual sources. [Bandcamp here].

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    I released Souvenir from the album as a single a couple of months ago, and there is a lyric video to go with that. And yes, I’ll be touring. Starting with Raumati and Wellington with The Small Mercies [Raumati Social Club & The Third Eye], then South Island shows as a duo with Hamish during March, and then some solo shows in Sydney and Auckland in April and May. Details for those also on my Website.


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    New Album: The Polly Johnson Set

    01.03.19 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is The Polly Johnson Set, who have just released their self-titled full length debut.

     

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    We recorded at The Surgery in Newtown back in November. We were on a pretty tight schedule, so we spent 3 and a half days recording the songs and another 2 days mixing them.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    We worked alongside Dr Lee Prebble to bring the album together. The album had essentially taken shape over the six years that we’ve been playing together, so it’s fair to say that it was pretty much ready to go when we hit the studio. That said, we did experiment a bit when we discovered the treasure trove of goodies available to us at The Surgery. All in all though the songs were at their peak before we started to record.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    Ah the songwriting. What a beast. The PJs is made up of five songwriters who all have a very different writing style. Each of bring songs to the band which then get picked apart and put back together as a PJs song. Which means we’ve all make an equal contribution to the songs for the album, something we’re quietly proud of. What that means is that the album is pretty diverse – we’ve got murder ballads, sunshine songs, and love songs, and the rest. Overall though, there’s a general lightness about the album. While we’re serious about creating the best music we can, we’re a pretty lighthearted bunch.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Our main goal with this album was to accurately capture our live sound. There’s a dynamic feel to our music and we didn’t want to loose this through the studio process. With this being our first album, and having only performed these songs live up until this point, this was something we were particularly passionate about. Finding an engineer/producer who understood this, and who could allow us to play as close to live as possible, was really important, and we found that in Lee. He was the right guy, and his studio was the right place for us to capture the PJs sound.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    No, we kept things simple. We took advantage of Lee’s impressive range of microphones and outboard rigs, but apart from that it was all pretty true to how we usually play.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    Is the whole thing an acceptable answer? Haha. Our individual songwriting and performance styles are reflected throughout, but it really is a case of the whole being greater than the sum of its part.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Yes! You can grab one of these through our Bandcamp page, where you can also snag a download. It’s also available on iTunes and all major streaming platforms, along with our earlier singles.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    There is a video in the pipeline which we’re really excited about. Lo-fi, black and white, real film – what’s not to love? We recently launched the album with a fantastic gig at Te Auaha, but we’ll also be sharing it with the world at Newton Festival and CubaDupa.


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    New Album: Vera Ellen

    23.11.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Maple Syrup singer Vera Ellen, who is now based in LA.

     

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    The album was recorded over the last few months by myself in my bedroom, and by in my bedroom I mean a curtain that sections off a part of the lounge. I was sick of putting off recording music because I couldn’t afford it. I had been listening to alot of punk at the time & was inspired by the, “just do it regardless of means” attitude.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    I did everything myself barring a few vocal features from my roommates. I just got into a heavy creative period where I would come home from work and just record and record. There’s lots of songs that didn’t make the album. It felt important for me to do everything myself and I certainly learnt a lot doing so.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    This album is very organic in the sense that nothing was planned. I would write as I was recording and in a sense the urgency of the record came from the limited time I had in the apartment alone. The album reflects on my time in LA and mostly grapples with a longing for anonymity in a time where everything feels so public hence the notion of ‘Beat Yr Name’. There’s also a lot of commentary on our current political climate particularly in the States, and themes of female sexuality, love and of coarse heartbreak.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    This album feels more urgent than anything I’ve done before. I just wanted to make something because I felt I needed to. There weren’t really any rules. It’s also much heavier & faster which I just think is more in line of what I have being doing in bands & what I listen to. The last release I had was when I was 18 so as a 23 year old I think many differences are to be expected… otherwise that would be a little frightening.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Just drum machines & electric guitars recorded through a Midi on garageband. I’m sure the shitty gear adds to the sound in some way haha.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    Probably the final track, ‘Beat Yr Name’. It’s sort of a running verse, almost spoken, with a repetitive distorted guitar line…

    Everyone my age is having a mental crisis
    From the unemployment and the petrol prices
    And now we’re all depressed and I guess in debt
    And now I’m taking pills just to ease the stress

    Being in this country makes me uglier
    Like I am losing touch with who I was before
    And every word it weighs heavy on my shoulders
    The weight is getting heavier as I get older

    Everyone my age has got a stone to throw
    Guess I am the one they come to when their feeling low
    And we all just fight each other cause it’s easier to hurt a person that you’ve never met before
    And who cares if I never have to see your face
    Or the way your body sinks when I beat your name

    Everyone my age thinks they’ll be famous soon
    Guess that’s how you get by when you always lose
    I guess were activists just for showing our faces
    And telling everyone how were completely shameless

    Everyone my age thinks they’ll be famous soon

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    As of Friday I have tapes, zines and it will be available on Bandcamp, Soundcloud and soon spotify!

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    I have a few videos in the works and I have a ‘Beat Yr Name’ and I had a listening party last Friday. I’ll also be releasing the video for ‘Betty Mary Alice’ this week which I’m very excited about!


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