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    New Album: Lake South

    31.10.19 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Lake South, whose latest album ‘Wellington | Te Upoko O Te Ika’ featured songs about Holloway Road in Newtown, Ellice St in Mt Victoria, the South Coast, Makara and other spots dotted around the region. In the lead up to his album release he created a website featuring a map and small headphone icons, which you can listen to if you travel to each song’s location.

     

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    It was recorded between September 2018 and January 2019 at:
    – A house in Mount Eden, Tāmaki Makaurau
    – A bach in Whanarua Bay, East Coast
    – A flat in Hataitai, Te Whanganui A Tara
    – Boycrush’s studio, also in Mount Eden, Tāmaki Makaurau.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    I produced and engineered everything except the drum kit which we did in Alastair’s studio. As usual, it was all pretty DIY. I just set up my laptop and soundcard wherever I could.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    I wrote all the songs on my acoustic guitar while I was living in Toronto in 2017/18. Some of the themes are:
    – Place
    – The meaning in moments gone/Why has that stayed with me all these years?
    – Friendship
    – The epic in the ordinary
    – We are history and we are present.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    I normally just follow the songs. This time that meant more of an ‘organic’ sound I think? There’s more acoustic drums and quite a band vibe. I’m stoked to be playing the songs live with a drummer (Eddie).

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    I guess the acoustic drums and bass guitar? I use whatever gear I can borrow/get for very cheap.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    I think Holloway Road shows the mix of electronic and organic sounds. I think it’s also a song that succeeds in communicating the transcendence that we can find in our ordinary lives.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Yes! We’ve made a set of 11 postcards (+ a CD). Each postcard is a visually representation of a song. Nick Salmon did the photography/design and he did an awesome job. Available from Bandcamp or Slowboat Records on Cuba St.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    Yes! The video for Mount Victoria/Tangi-te-keo was filmed on location at the old Ellice St Quarry and is out in November. Videos for South Coast and Holloway Road are out now. We’re playing a big public show in Wellington in January – I’m excited about it.


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    New Album: Blue River Baby Band

    27.09.19 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Cam from Blue River Baby Band, whose debut album Blue River Baby ALBUM came out in July. They began an NZ Tour in September, as the album debuted at #1 on the IMNZ charts & #8 on the NZ album charts, and will be back in Wellington at Jack Hackett’s on October 5th.

     

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    We recorded this over several days in May and October 2018 at the Surgery Studio in Newtown Wellington.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    We had Lee Prebble mix and engineer the album live in the studio. For us as a larger group recording live and together was the way to go, we’d been playing a bunch of live gigs and practicing and workshoping the songs so we felt it was the best way to bottle the energy.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    In most cases the songs seeded from Jams or one of us would bring lyrics or a melody to the table. We’d then workshop them and record each the practice room as we go. Once happy we’d then head out and test them in our live set. Most of the songs reference the human condition, love found and lost, addiction etc.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    This is our debut album so our focus was to play together live and capture each song as best we could.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Lee has some pretty cool gear, objective ears and loads of pencils on hand. We turned up with most of our own instruments and baking so that once recorded we could easy replicate the sound on stage keeping it real.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    For me it would be between ‘Walk of Shame’ and ‘Blackyard Town’ the others in the band would tell you ‘Closer’ or ‘Blue River Baby’ I guess.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Yes for sure our CD’s are on sale at Gigs, and from our Bandcamp page. You can also pick up a copy from Slowboat Records or Rough Peel in Wellington, Real Groovy and Flying Out in Auckland. All CD’s are released by FireFlower Records in 100% re-used jewel CD cases, saved from the WCC Landfill tip shop, then reconditioned by FireFlower. You can also follow us up on Spotify, iTunes, Apple music, Soundcloud & YouTube.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    We’re currently on tour and are bringing our filmmaker/artist/musician friend Phill Simmonds along for the ride, he’s filming moments as we go and projecting live over the band in Nelson and Christchurch so we’ll see what develops. We’ve recently released videos for ‘Blue River Baby’ and our Parody tune ‘Vigilante Panda’.


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    New Album: Flix Rose

    28.08.19 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is alternative Indie Folk singer-songwriter Flix Rose.

     

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    The first song I recorded, called Je Suis Perdue, was in my hometown Whangarei and the accompanying music video was filmed on the beautiful Tutukaka coast. The rest of the album was recorded at Park Road Post Production in Miramar with Munki Studio. The album was recorded sporadically while life and procrastination happened and I finally released it in February this year.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    The first song was recorded organically in a few days by Jonny Karklins a week before I moved to Wellington and was an amazing introduction into what is possible in a home recording studio. The rest I recorded with Munki Studio’s Mike Gibson who at the time was at Park Road Post Production. I never imagined recording in a professional studio but I felt Mike would be a great person to do a debut album with.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    I wanted the listener to feel relaxed and yet intrigued and almost other-worldly, which is why I love to use harmonies. When in the process of songwriting itself I create melody, lyrics and instrumentation all at once therefore I seldom know what exactly I am writing about until it’s finished.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Quite often because you can redo a take as many times as you like in the search for perfection, it looses the feeling and depth that a live performance has. When I was recording I tried to look beyond the notes to whether the take had the right emotion and feeling. Though I am a perfectionist and the notes had to be perfect too so it was a long process….

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    It was more about the people who were involved in the project in order to capture the desired emotion. I’m really honoured to have worked with such wonderful and talented artists and though it’s my solo album most songs have an accompanying guest musician who I really connected with at the time and I thought matched the song’s feel.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    That’s a hard question, the title track Like Birds is my favourite.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Of course you may have a physical copy! It is also available online to download basically everywhere (eg. Apple Play, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube etc etc)

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    It’s available NOW!!! I toured for the release in February this year with the main gigs here in Wellington and in my hometown Whangarei as they are both very special places for me. I aim to get funding for a music video so fingers crossed.
    [Next gig is Moon’s Epic 5th birthday party on Saturday].


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    New Album: Earth Tongue

    06.08.19 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Gussie from Earth Tongue, whose latest album ‘Floating Being’ has been getting rave reviews locally and overseas, including making a BBC Radio 6 Best of 2019 So Far list.

     

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    Floating Being came to fruition in a few different places. We started off in Melbourne with our friend Fabian Shaw in his home studio, where he’s got a great tape machine recording set up. Then it was back home to Wellington where we recorded some snatches of vocals, percussion and synths. We were living in Berlin for a few months in 2018, and so recorded bits and pieces there. Following that, we were lucky to spend two days with our friend Pat Stewart at the music conservatory in Den Haag. ‘The Dome’ was recorded there, and Pat also contributed some lovely keys in that track. Once we got back to Wellington, we finished it all off over a few days at Blue Barn Studio with James Goldsmith. I believe we were the last band to record there before the building was demolished. A true honour!

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Well as you can see above we worked with a few different recording engineers, but it was mixed in the end by James Goldsmith. Some songs were so straightforward to record, and we were able to smash them out pretty quickly. Some songs went through lots of different changes and re-writes in the studio, and a couple didn’t have any vocals when we recorded them. I guess we could have sat those songs until they were fully realised, but I think the fact that they were so fresh makes for pretty interesting recordings.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    We write really collaboratively. Most of the song writing happens in our rehearsal studio, ‘cause we like to be loud. Although, I do like writing riffs on acoustic guitar and then seeing if they translate once they’re fuzz-ified. There’s some pretty silly themes in the album – single cellular organisms gaining a life of their own and thinking profoundly, opening portals to alternate realities, insatiable sapiens dissolving into mush…that sort of carry on!

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    We’re a rock band, but we didn’t want to sound like a shiny, high-production creature. Our favourite recordings are 1970s psych and prog rock – bands like Captain Beyond, Billy Cox’s Nitro Function, Ironclaw and Coven. There’s a lot of current bands that are nailing that sound too. I like really dry, warm fuzz, compressed drums and toms that sound like ice cream containers! We stayed away from too much reverb and embraced the distortion that comes with recording drums to tape.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Recording to tape was crucial to capturing the sound we wanted. It was cool to hear how you can use simple EQ on an old desk to achieve so many different drum sounds. There were no room mics used to record the drums, only close mics. The result really smacks you in the face. A few different vintage pedals were used too. There’s plenty of Russian Big Muff on the record as well as the ‘Royal’ fuzz wah – the most punishing fuzz I’ve been lucky to use. Then there’s the electro-harmonix “smallstone” phaser and of course heaps of Hot Cake.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    Microscopic God has got all the classic ET elements! We’re singing in unison to wacky time signatures and there’s some classic Ezra drum fills in there too. It’s my favourite to play live.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Yes, we have vinyl and CDs. We’re currently sold out of physical copies but you can get it on vinyl from RPM and Slowboat. You can purchase it digitally through our Bandcamp or stream through your fave streaming platform. [Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, ]

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    Hell yeah! We have a video for the song Probing the New Reality in the works. That will be out this month. Keep your eyes peeled for a NZ tour announcement too. Here’s a secret… it’s in December!


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    New Album: Steph Casey

    26.07.19 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Steph Casey, who has just released new album ‘The Seats In My Car’.

     

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    The Surgery, Wellington, February 2019.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Producers: Steph Casey & Alan Galloway. Engineer: Lee Prebble.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    Over a five year period, as a response to different experiences. There are two songs about murder (one an old-timey, revivalist ballad, the other a slightly tongue-in-cheek chaotic pop/rock number). A few songs about past/long-distance/rekindled relationships, a song about a performer, and an instrumental track.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Yes the album is more raw and “warts n’ all” regarding the vocals, than my debut album. The addition of Alan Galloway’s gritty distorted guitars gives it an edgier feel. There are some dark, spooky sounds in there too. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have had the three core members of Let’s Planet (Caroline Easther, Alan Galloway and Murray Costello) playing with me as the band on this album. Amazing musicians and lovely people.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Alan crouching next to his guitar amp to get ringing feedback…Murray playing long, eerie notes on his bass with a bow…

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    Old Love.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Yes. On Bandcamp, on release day 26/7.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    Video for first single ‘At a Bar Downtown’ was released 28/6. Release show 26/7 at St Peters Hall Paekakariki heads up a five date NZ tour. Here is the info on promotion, shows, interviews…
    Fri 5 JULY I was interviewed by Next Magazine on the songwriting group that I hold once a month, the album, and upcoming tour, for their next issue.
    13 JULY – THE INTERNATIONAL AMERICANA MUSIC SHOW – My song “Hold On” was played on this weekly radio show that is broadcast on 33 US radio stations and on public radio stations throughout the world.
    18 JULY I flew to Auckland for an interview on TV3’s The Cafe breakfast show. They will be playing some of the new album and music video. The same day I did a live performance and interview on The 13th Floor music show with Marty Duda.
    26 JULY – THE ALBUM LAUNCH AT ST PETERS HALL, PAEKAKARIK, with full band.
    9 AUGUST – NZ LIVE SHOW ON RNZ WITH JESSE MULLIGAN. Steph and full five-piece band will be performing five or so songs from the new album and chatting with Jesse Mulligan, 2.30pm.
    16 AUGUST – RADIO ACTIVE LIVE – Steph and full five-piece band. Interview and songs. 3.30pm on ACTIVE 89FM
    17 AUGUST – WHANGANUI SHOW, LUCKY BAR + KITCHEN Looking forward to entertaining the fine folks of Whanganui.
    24 AUGUST – WELLINGTON SHOW. THE THIRD EYE (with full band). Can’t wait to rock The Third Eye!
    06 DECEMBER – PICTON SHOW, LE CAFE
    07 DECEMBER – MUSSEL INN SHOW, TAKAKA
    Tickets on Eventfinda, More info at my Website or Facebook page.
    I’m also heading to the USA in September with my guitar and will be playing some shows over there.


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    New Album: Andrew Masseurs

    15.07.19 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Last year AMMP front-man Andrew Masseurs ventured into solo territory with his debut album Origins. While there were plenty of standout tracks, there was also a sense of someone figuring out production and music styles, trying different things and finding his way as a solo act. Two hugely catchy singles in March & May of this year were one of those rare instances where the leap in production techniques, vocals, confidence, and artistic growth jumps right out of the music at you. Second album ‘Traveller in the Sky’ was just released to uniformly positive reviews from Muzic.net & Graham Reid’s Elsewhere, and two future singles, ‘Night After Night’ & ‘Days They Come Days They Go’ have made the 2019 unsigned competition semi-finals out of 6000 entries. We caught up with Andrew for a chat about how it all came together.

     

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    Traveller in the Sky was made between Feb 2018 and June 2019 at my home studio in the greatest city in the world. That’s right, I know what you’re thinking… Upper Hutt.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    I recorded and mixed the 10 songs in my home studio. I had written around 60 ideas over the first 3 months and then cut it down to around 20 that I worked on. I chose ideas that had catchy hooks. Songs that I felt I would enjoy making and listening to. Along the way I had around 5 songs that were casualty’s. They weren’t quite up to standard. Each song took about a month to write and record. I would than work on another tune before coming back to the previous tune to mix fresh or make changes to. This album was particularly exciting for me as all songs were fresh and new. Nothing had been sitting around for any period of time. Finally the album was mastered by Howard Rogers from Bring It On studios in Auckland. I’ve worked with Howard on Origins and Ammps EP This Chaotic Symphony. He really knows how to smooth out any musical imbalances I might have missed. The mastering is the cream on the cake and he knows how to present the best flavours.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    I use stream of consciousness to create tunes. I don’t think. I try not to overthink. Everything is fresh and demo like. For me that’s when I do my best work. The more time I spend on a tune the more I move away from the original intention. This album is very personal. There is an overall theme of trying to break free, but sometimes being stuck. It keeps repeating. A loop. But there is optimism. Love and family are the light and joy for me. There are moments of immense sadness and pressure. Moments of being lost and broken. Falling down and losing my mind. But always the answer of getting up and being set free. Whether that be in the form of a comic book hero like The Batman, or my family as in Into the light we stay. Days they come days they go is a reminder to let the pressure go. To enjoy life and keep smiling as my Dad used to say.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Yes. In terms of writing, recording and mixing. It was being minimal. Keeping the amount of instruments down to a bare minimum. I always asked myself does it need to be their? I wanted what was on the album to be powerful and necessary. If it was in the way it was gone. I also wanted the songs I chose to be hooks you could sing along to. I wanted the listener to get lost in the tune and to feel the need to sing along. I lost so many songs that had great riffs or verses but no chorus. The chorus was all and important.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    For me on this album it was the drums, and bass for low end growls and tribal rhythms. The electric guitar and acoustic for bells and whistles. The piano for strings and synth sounds. It was all sounds that would not date to much. So this album could fit into any time period. I kept the sound choices to a minimum so as to give the album its on palette.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    Set Me Free was the first song I worked on. It really set the scene of what was to come. Its minimal yet powerful. It was the beginning. As soon as I had that song I knew what would come after. The meaning behind the song also told me what I was to do and how to go about it. No prisoners full steam ahead.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    I’d love to do vinyl. Lance Mcminn who styled the cover had ideas for vinyl. That’s where were going with it. I have to weigh up the cost and the potential sales. On digital it’s available everywhere. [Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Bandcamp, Soundcloud]

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    I have created two videos so far from the album. Both have had great feedback. ‘Set me free’ and ‘Everyone wants to be your love’. My production partner on the videos is David St George. We have a lot of fun creating them. It’s become another passion. At the moment we’ve just finished shooting a video for ‘Night after night’ which is now in post-production. As with the song writing, albums and videos the idea is to grow, enjoy and learn. I hope I can reach some people with each song released. Maybe inspire them or help them to feel something. It is a real joy to write these songs. I hope someone out their will get joy out of listening to them.

    1st single ‘Set Me Free’, a cute video with a star performance by ‘vocalist’ Lily Masseurs.

    For 2nd single ‘Everyone Wants To Be Your Love’ Andrew learnt the song in reverse, walked backwards (without hitting one tree, post or cyclist) and than reversed the footage to create a brain twister of a music video.


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    New Album: Black Spider Stomp

    04.07.19 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Sam from Gypsy Jazz band Black Spider Stomp.

     

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    The album was recorded, at bass player (Scott’s) flat in Newtown. It’s a nice wooden floored room where we recorded our 7inch release too.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    Vanya Vitali from Scumbag College. He has recorded all of four of our albums so far as well as mixed a few of our live shows so definitely has an ear for capturing the sound we are after.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    For our previous albums we have focused largely on original tunes that stay true to the gypsy swing tradition. However, since a large part of our repertoire is made up of classic, and obscure tunes written by the masters. Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, Matelot Ferret, Wasso Grünholz, Joseph Reinhardt, and more.
    For this album we wanted to record some of our own versions of these. Our previous records all featured the quintet “Black Spider Stomp” but for this recording we were only using a trio so we wanted our arrangements to utilize and explore sounds and space of the trio setting.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    We always want our sound to be as natural as possible. The closer the recording sounds to the acoustic instrument the better so we normally use a pretty minimal approach when it comes to gear. A few Instrument and room mics basically. We did all the tracks as single takes for this record to give it an even more live and personal sound.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    I would say either Topsy or Bolero Troublant. We tried some new things with textures and space with both these arrangements which use the trio in the kind of ways that this record was about. One of my favorite songs that we play is on this album. It’s one of many waltzes by Wasso Grünholz named Wasso’s Waltz.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    Yes! we have Black Spider Trio on CD which you can pick up at our live shows or contact us through Bandcamp where you can also purchase digital copies of any of our releases.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    We have no plans to do any sort of video at this stage but we are busy playing shows around wellington to promote the new record.


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    New Album: Myele Manzanza

    28.06.19 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. The son of a Congolese master percussionist, New Zealand born Myele Manzanza first gained international attention as one third of NZ soul act, Electric Wire Hustle. After six years of performing, recording and touring with the band that he formed, he left in 2013 in order to release his solo debut. We caught up with him for a chat about his third solo release, ‘A Love Requited’, which has just dropped across all platforms.

     

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    We got the full recording sessions knocked out in about 3 – 4 days at Mixmasters Studios in Adelaide, South Australia.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    The music is material I’ve been working on over the past two years. Gradually composing, introducing it to bands to perform and revising it to where it got to now. So while we had a very quick turnaround in the studio, it was because I had two years of prep to get it there. The album was produced with bassist Ross McHenry and engineered by Tom Barnes.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    I was definitely doing a lot more inward looking reflection for this record. Thinking about death, family, relationships, career etc and trying to use the writing process to help work through some of those things. If I was to sum it up in a sentence, A Love Requited is really about the process of getting over my own shit.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    I’d say musically, where One was my producer/beatmaker album and OnePointOne was my live drummer/bandleader album, “A Love Requited” has a greater focus on composition and arranging. Rather than working with software & samples, most of the time was spent on piano and manuscript paper, getting a more thorough idea of harmony, melody and how to orchestrate across multiple instruments. In recording with primarily acoustic instrumentation (with the odd synth & electric guitar & bass in there) I feel it’s helped to give a richer & more organic sound, so while my hip hop & electronic music proclivities are still in there with the rhythm & energy, going with acoustic instrumentation recorded primarily in real-time without any click tracks etc. helped to free up the sound and get a more fluid and natural feel across the whole project.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    My engineer would be more onto it in regard to tricks with mics & pre-amps etc. But really it’s just about the regular sound of the drums, horns, piano, guitar & bass and the musicianship behind it, and spending time getting inside the harmony to fully flesh out the arrangements to get there.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    I’m sure people will have their favourite songs when they hear it, and for me it kind of changes from day to day, but really I feel the album is best understood as a journey from top to bottom.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    It’ll be out on vinyl through Bandcamp and all good record stores, as well as digital through the normal purchasing and streaming platforms. [Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, Apple Music]

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    I’ll be touring New Zealand in July in support of the album with a new trio featuring Jonathan Crayford on keys and Johnny Lawrence on bass. I’m really excited to be on the road again.
    10th July – Auckland
    11th July – Hastings
    12th July – Wellington13th July – Wellington
    14th July – Queenstown
    16th July – Wanaka
    17th July – Christchurch
    Tickets and info can be found via www.myelemanzanza.com


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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

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    ‘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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