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    The Eighth Note: X/VAYZ

    13.04.19 | 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 Dom, who makes music under the moniker X/VAYZ.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    X/VAYZ is a concept I’ve been using since 2014 to describe when I create music that I’d never heard anything similar to. To give it a genre, It’s dreamy singer-songwriter. To give it my own description, it’s dedication to seeking out the most beautiful secret sounds I can possibly be inspired by, and pushing them through the filter of my life into guitar-based ambient soundscapes, tiny glittering details, and lyrics about connection, loneliness, nature, and a surprising amount of lyrics are about times I met dogs; If you really listen to the lyrics they’re mostly about dogs.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Over the last 6 months I’ve written almost too many songs to deal with, and I’m gigging a lot of them currently, as a way of refining which ones go onto the album, which is coming this Winter, in June. I want to come out with something that is definitively and purely X/VAYZ, and makes a statement that beauty is most powerful in times of pain, and vulnerability to both makes your heart more full of good wobbles. X/VAYZ’s album is going to be the place where you’re encouraged to reflect and access those feelings.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Spotify. Youtube. Apple Music. Bandcamp. All the streamings. Even Deezer, apparently? Whatever that is. My debut EP, Tangelight, is an ambient instrumental guitar album, and was released earlier this year, independently. at the end of this month, I’m teaming up with Numbskull Records to put out a limited run of 50 tapes later this month, and they’ll have an unheard, never to re-released bonus track. Fo da fans. So look out for opportunities to get that. But if you want to hear the REALLY buzzy stuff that doesn’t go onto the albums or the live shows, Soundcloud is where I upload the most creative and unique stuff I come up with.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Bob Dylan – [anything before 1970]
    Penguin Cafe Orchestra – When in Rome
    GodSpeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
    I could talk for hours about each entry in this list but you gotta catch me in real life for that yarn.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Motte. Any day. I’ve only seen them perform once and it completely broke my brain with beauty. We both incorporate looping as a musical tactic, so I just think that would be great in a live context. Also, YOUNG GHO$T! We live in very different worlds of music. I’m all about quiet vulnerability, and he’s a gritty grime rapper. But I love trying to put impossible things together.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band ’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Tangelight, my last EP was created in a very Jazz way. It was completely recorded in one improvised take, and edited down. The tunes were based off of ideas we’d already turned into other songs, but then those recordings were so powerful to me that they became the recorded versions. I still play those songs live and they have lyrics now. But my usual process is different. I’m never not jamming. It’s hard to keep me and the guitar separate. I’m constantly improvising and trying to make the nicest possible music for my flatmates, and a lot of it comes from there. The songs you hear in X/VAYZ most commonly come from a large intake of substances – I’ll take a long walk deep into a forest or walk to Island Bay and play guitar at red rocks for a few hours. That’s what I mean by substances, you know. Trees, the ocean, the birds – inspiration from of the material things I see around me. I seek out the most beautiful places I can find, until I’m lost there, and spend a few hours just being overwhelmed by the world, and usually I find a couple of riffs there that I like so much they evolve into songs (after many hours and days of just working away at it).

    What ’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    There’s the forest at the top of Holloway. I always go there to play by myself, or take friends there to jam, and I’m planning on hosting a massive nature gig out there, or maybe another forest. I have to get permission from the fine folks at Wellington City Council before I put on a forest gig, but in terms of venues that are buildings:
    Valhalla. I’m plotting to do a headline gig there soon. The sound there is so good it’s unparalleled, it’s easy to get to, Ben and the others who work there are consistently the goodest cats out there.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    MOON1. 13th April. In one weeks time. PLAINES, MISS CRESSIDA, and X/VAYZ. $10. Doors at 8:30. This one already feels like it’s gonna be a special one, so come through.


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    The Eighth Note: Happy Valley

    05.04.19 | 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 Jack from new band Happy Valley WGTN, who released their debut E.P in February.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We’re Happy Valley (Jack,Isaac,Hamish and Dan) and we’re a screamo/post-hardcore band that have been together since partway through 2018. We recently released our first EP a few weeks back, and if you’re looking for a quick description we play quite melodic but aggressive music in a similar vein to bands like Funeral Diner.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We’ve been working on 2/3 new songs recently, not too sure what shape they will take up when they come out at this stage – could be anything really! Is a bit slow going cause our bass player lives up the North Island at the moment, but keeping writing going by distance is working. Keep an eye out, we’ll definitely be releasing more.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    You can find us on Spotify, Facebook and Bandcamp. Facebook is probably best for updates, but no so good for the actual music so take your pick really.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    For me (Jack), I found all the most influential bands to me nowadays in high school.
    If I had to pick three for influence (really damn hard) I would have to say Streetlight Manifesto – Everything Goes Numb (third-wave ska), Funeral Diner – The Underdark (screamo) and Maudlin of the Well – Bath (avant-garde metal). Each of these albums were pretty game changing for me when I found them, despite two of them not sounding anything like our music as a band.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    It would be cool to do something with our friends in ColdxWar sometime and we really like Stress too. Doing a split is something we’ve definitely thought about so who knows what the future holds really!

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    We’ve only played Valhalla and a house show thus far, so as a band our choices are a little slim to this point. Both were really awesome to play, and Valhalla really is the home of heavy music here so for the legit venues would have to say there.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    For our first release I (Jack) wrote almost all of the guitar before we got everyone together, but we then refined all the songs together as a band. This is changing with our new stuff though, as me and Isaac have been working a lot together on the music this time – then bringing it to Hamish and Dan to go from there.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    We have something in the works for June, keep your eyes posted for that! Hard at the moment because Isaac is away – but we’re hoping to get some more shows organised soon, as we are super keen to play a bunch. If you have any shows coming up a little bit out hit us up!


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    The Eighth Note: Khailana Kendrick Music

    27.03.19 | 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 Khailana Kendrick Music, who are actually a duo consisting of Khailana & Michael Sutherland, who have just released their debut E.P.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are a Wellington based duo who independently write, record and produce psychedelic fantasy inspired music.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We’ve just released a 4 song EP called Twisted Roots, and are working on taking what we’ve done another step further with an even more ambitious full length album.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Spotify, Bandcamp and iTunes.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Khailana: Push the Sky Away (Nick Cave), Rumours (Fleetwood Mac), All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend (Aurora)
    Michael: Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd), Axis Bold as Love (Jimi Hendrix), Led Zeppelin IV (Led Zeppelin)

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Heaps of our friends are amazing musicians but if we’d have to narrow it down we’d say The Nudge, Trinity Roots and Model Motel.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Our favourite so far was playing on a boat in Wellington harbour.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    We often help each other with pre-written songs but sometimes we like to go into the studio without a plan and tame wild ideas from the ether, often wine is involved. We love using unorthodox recording techniques, found sounds and trying something new every time we’re in the studio.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    We’ve been recording as a duo but are setting up a small line-up to play some shows out of town to spread the word!


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    The Eighth Note: SOG

    21.03.19 | 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 SOG, who are a ‘supergroup’ made up of members of other Wgtn bands.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    SOG: James, Luke (EgoValve), Ethan, and Bianca (O-Boy). Our music initially starts as James’ emotional rants and reflections on his own life. Almost a supergroup fulla good buggers and nice-looking guitars.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Yes our sophomore album is being recorded in mid April out at James’ family farm. The songs are just in the finalizing stages after being tried and tested at house parties across Welly. The bad ones were disposed of responsibly at the Happy Valley Dump.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Our music is on Spotify and Bandcamp. We are relatively active on Facebook for all our up and coming shows!

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Is this it: The Strokes
    Elephant: The White Stripes
    You’re a woman I’m a machine: Death from above 1979.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Ursula Le Sin and Ludus.

    What is your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    San Fran, Moon, Majoribanks Funhouse.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Often 2min in the microwave, turnover and repeat. They typically start with James writing the lyrics and basic structure on the bass. Then the rest of the band collaborate and arrange their own parts.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Our next gig is at Moon bar on the 21st of March.


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    The Eighth Note: Tyson Music

    15.03.19 | 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 Tyson Nemukula aka Tyson Music, who has just dropped his debut E.P.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    My name is Tyson Nemukula aka Tyson Music. Am 22 years old, from South Africa moved into New Zealand at the age of 15. My music is mostly pop/dance/hip-hop infused.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Yes got an EP called DREAMS OF AN UNDERDOG.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    You can find and follow me on Facebook, iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud Xtra.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Kanye West: Gradution
    Brenda Fassie: Greatest Hits (South African artist)
    Trompies: Respect Toasted Gona’ Ganati
    I feel like this has shaped my music along with other artist like Kendrick Lamar, jays, Justin Timberlake, timberland and so many more.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    At the moment I would say Rie Music and on the producing side I would say Tumaini. It would be inserting to see what we would come up with.

    What’s your favorite Wellington venue to play in?
    Don’t really have one can’t say hahaha that a hard one.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the bandís songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    It so random how a song is made to be honest. But how a song is finished is when some say they really like the song and we should finish it. But how we start writing I really can’t say, sometime lyrics, keys/piano sometime it’s just the beat that sprat’s something.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    We are currently looking at April so hopefully that goes well.


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    The Eighth Note: Scapegoat MERCY

    14.03.19 | 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 Hamish Kokaua, who records under the name Scapegoat MERCY in a variety of contexts and collaborations on Soundcloud.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    I’m Scapegoat MERCY, birthname Hamish Kokaua. My music has been through a variety of musical phases but it’s consistently informed by hip-hop and RnB I’ve listened to over my existence and my awkward influences of nu-metal, IDM and jazz. This extends to my production for other artists aswell. Pretty loose to be honest.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I’m always working on something – it’s habitual. I am releasing something on Thursday (14/3) that’s stupidly upbeat with one of my favourite up and comers Waguan. It’s an upbeat summer tinged hip-hop track called Fly Away. I am also working on a very low-key RNB/Soul E.P with cxlm which will be out in the next few weeks. Apart from that I also have my album releasing near the end of this year which has been a personal passion project of mine for the last few years (basically since I moved to Wellington). You’ll hear about it when it drops. A track with Dharmarat from Christchurch and a few features with TUMAINI and VINE which are exciting. Lots of stuff.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Scapegoat MERCY is a pretty specific name so its easy to find on Soundcloud, Insta or Facebook. Whatever whets your social appetite.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    There are so many – off the top of my head they are Timbaland, Trent Reznor and Lorn. There’s always a good mixture flowing through the speakers and annoying my neighbours.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Wellington is small and we are all on each other radars which is awesome. Some people I haven’t worked with yet are Natenotsorry, Sugar the Playboy and uhhh LBFRmikey & DUB A.. soon though – trust.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    I think my favourite that i have played in is uhh Meow. Im trying to promote a show that’s a bit of a different venue but ill keep that under wraps until the weather gets a bit cooler.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    I usually make or mess with a synth sound or a sample. Add drums. Bass. Add lots of percs. Mix. Refine. Usually i wait for vocals to add the structure because I’ve moved away from purely instrumental stuff. If it’s my personal stuff with vocals I’d start with a hook and then write to the beat pretty quickly – for me the vocals need to just come straight from the feels – i’m admittedly not the best songwriter hahahaha

    Where/when is your next gig?
    I don’t have any in the foreseeable future to be honest – I’ve been meaning to work on my live set a bit so now I’ve got the time. A lot of releases though. It’s more my vibe.


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    The Eighth Note: Liam Poole

    25.02.19 | 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 singer/songwriter Liam Poole, originally from Nelson but now based in Wellington.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    I am a 20yr old male singer/songwriter originally from Nelson. I began getting guitar lessons in intermediate school, as soon as I learnt my first chord, I had an instant connection with the instrument. Two years later I began to get singing lessons, which was essential for keeping my pubescent voice box under control, plus building my confidence for singing in front of an audience. I began songwriting around the age of 14, and to me it was the coolest thing, to be able to put the ideas I had in my head, and turn it into a song. I entered as many competitions as I could in school, such as Smokefree Rockquest, Nelson Jazz competitions etc. In my last year of high school I recorded my first 4 track EP titled Fly High, I was starting to really develop my sound and take everything more seriously. I spent one year in Nelson working full time, in that time I heavily invested in my last project which was my second EP, Wake Up.
    I had learnt from my mistakes from the first EP, and had new, exciting ideas. Rather than recording in the space of a weekend, I recorded over 1 year, adding saxophone sections to my songs, and building songs from scratch. I have been heading down the rock/pop genre, that I find to be easy listening, and catchy. My Wake Up EP has had nearly 2000 streams on Spotify. One year ago I moved to Wellington, and it was the best decision I could’ve ever made, I have been playing at the Night Markets, the botanical gardens Magic, a few local pubs, and the odd open mic night. I am about to start studying my 3 year bachelors degree at Whitireia this year, where I will be hoping to progress with my musical journey.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I have been working on a few covers, adding them to my set list as I go, to keep it fresh at my gigs. I have written a few of my own songs as well, one that I feel rather proud of is a song called “Over You”, which is about a break up that happened last year, it took months of recovery and was quite a low point for me. The song symbolises hope, that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and it won’t always feel like this. I have plans to record ‘Over You’ as a single this year, which I’m excited about.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    People can follow me on Facebook Instagram & Spotify.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    An album that I always find myself going back and listening to is Parachutes by Coldplay. It was there first LP, and for me, the alternate tuned guitars, moody vibe, and Indie rock sound resonates with me.
    Heavier Things by John Mayer. As a guitarist it’s almost deemed a sacrilege for not listening to him, although a lot of musicians find him egotistical, a show off, and too clever. But I think John nails pop music, whilst still staying true to himself, by creating music that HE wants to create, and as a singer/songwriter, I have to take my hat off to him.
    Only by the Night by Kings of Leon. Most will remember this album for their hot singles “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody”. This album has great flow, and is one I can put on from start to finish and enjoy every track. This album sparks fond childhood memories of driving to the beach in summer etc, and it also has incredibly strong tracks that didn’t make it as singles, such as “Manhattan” and “Cold Desert”.
    Those 3 albums quite easily sum up my childhood, and inspire me to write songs everyday, each one unique and different.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    That is a tough question as there is no shortage of musicians in Wellington, but I am a regular listener of locals such as Louis Baker, Thomas Oliver, DRAX Project, so a jam with any of those boys would be wicked!

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    I have played a couple of times at the San Fran and it is always a good gig there, but a venue I’m eager to play at is Meow.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    My songs always start on the guitar whether it be a chord progression or melody. Lyrics always seem to come last, but lately I’ve been trying to write short stories and pick out pieces that could go in a song, half the struggle can be trying to figure out what story you want to tell. Usually for me it’s about heart break, love interests, sometimes I like to change it up and write about something fictional, or something that’s happening to someone else and not myself.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    On March 30th I’ll be playing at the San Fran as part of Cuba Dupa. Then in between I’ll have Night Market gigs, pub gigs, open mic nights etc.


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    The Eighth Note: Earth To Zena

    15.02.19 | 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’s are Earth to Zena, who released their debut E.P ‘Transmundane’ late last year. They will be touring the South Island soon to support it, and will be back in Wgtn to play at the Newtown Festival in March.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We’re Earth to Zena! We’re a four piece psychedelic dream-pop shoegaze band. We like to combine apparent opposites: dreamy atmospheres with cutting riffs and noise; catchy infectious melodies with noise and a bit of experimentalism. We hope the result is music that’s surprising and dynamic.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We’ve recently released our debut EP ‘Transmundane’, and have just started working on a new collection of songs. The first of which, ‘End of the World’, can be heard in our recent performance on RNZ’s “NZ Live”, which can be streamed from their website.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    The BEST place people can follow us and find our music is in person at any of our upcoming shows. The next best place is our Website. We’re also on Spotify and Facebook.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Each member of the band has pretty distinct backgrounds and tastes, which helps us find our own unique sound. We’re gonna bend the rules a tiny bit and choose 4 albums. We each picked one!
    Chronologically:
    Pink Floyd – Meddle (1971)
    My Bloody Valentine – Loveless (1991)
    Mint Chicks – Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! (2006)
    Tame Impala – Lonerism (2012)

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    There’s so much great music out of Wellington right now, that’s a tough choice. We recently saw Glass Vaults at Space Place and were super inspired. Both sonically and visually that show was so immersive and hypnotic, we’ve talked about it a lot since. So we’d certainly love to work with them. We’re also really excited to share the stage with Hans Pucket when we open for them at Wellington Gardens Magic on 11 January.

    What is your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    We had a blast at Moon Bar for our EP release show in September. Caroline has also been very good to us and hosts us regularly. We’re playing SanFran for the first time tonight though, so who knows, that could become a favorite. Overall though we’re really looking to play more outdoor shows now that summer is approaching. …and Space Place, we gotta play there sometime!

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band ís songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    It varies song-by-song, but often Renee (our lead singer and synth player) will bring the bones of a song that she’s written, often just voice and ukulele, and then as a band we’ll transform it into a fully embellished song, each bringing our own pieces to the arrangement. Then later when we record it we’ll hear the song with new ears, add new elements and maybe even restructure things, and then we’ll selectively bring some of those changes back to the live performance. So the songs are constantly evolving really, with writing informing performance informing recording informing writing informing performance, on and on forever.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    In February we’ll be touring the country, in CHCH on 27 Feb, Dunedin on 1 March, back in Wellington for Newtown Festival on 3 March. Those are just the dates booked so far, hopefully we’ll be adding some stops. Stay tuned!


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    The Eighth Note: The Spectre Collective

    07.12.18 | 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’s are new Psych band The Spectre Collective.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We’re a paranoid psych band from Wellington, and we play warped and uneasy grooves that are both catchy and wonky. At the moment we’re a multi-instrumentalist 3-piece, but we’re looking to expand our live line-up and add more limbs to this strange beast over time.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We got together as a band at the start of August and released our debut album ‘Paleofuture’ at the end of September. It all came together extremely quickly, so we’re relying on that momentum to keep churning out new stuff. We’re currently writing our second album that we’ll hopefully release by the end of the year. It expands on the paranoia of the first album and gets even darker. We’re playing around with a bunch of different styles; there’s some off-kilter swampy shit as well as some space rock, catchy kraut grooves, psychedelic horror and doom. It feels both earthy and spacey, like a mix of folklore and science fiction. Apart from that, we’re just practising and trying to book more gigs for 2019!

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    You can find our tunes on our Bandcamp page, and it’s the best way to directly support the band. There’s also Spotify, etc. You can find out about upcoming gigs through our Facebook page.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    We’re bad with questions like this, so we won’t answer it. HOWEVER, the 3 albums we are currently cranking as a band are Masana Temples by Kikagaku Moyo, Mirror by Orchestra of Spheres, and Polygondwanaland by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. (Special shout outs to You by Gong, Mulatu Of Ethiopia by Mulatu Astatke, and Dead Magic by Anna von Hausswolff).

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Orchestra of Spheres, Earth Tongue, Mermaidens, Linen, The All Seeing Hand, ONONO & Spook The Horses.

    What ’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Valhalla has great sound and lighting, and San Fran has a nice vibe for both audience and performers. It’d be fun to play in a sweaty lounge somewhere and make the wallpaper peel. Someone put on a house party.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    The process will likely evolve over time, depending on who’s involved. Currently, our drummer Will leads the charge on the songwriting front, and will approach Jono (guitar/keys) and Lochie (bass) with riffs, beats or ideas that they can embellish or improve on, and then we jam them out and see what other magic happens. Other times, we’ll find the song in the mixing stages and overdub a bunch of stuff. Will also writes the lyrics – sometimes they’ll dictate the direction of the song, and other times the lyrics/vocal melodies are shoe-horned into a pre-existing structure based on whatever we recorded in our jam sessions.
    We record all of our jams on a phone so we can listen back and see what works, what doesn’t, and where other things can come into play. We have a song on the album called Pissed Uncle that was completely improvised and recorded on a phone, and that made the cut because fuck it, why not. It’s definitely the outlier of the album, but there’s a chaotic insanity contained in that song that could only have been achieved through wild improvisation, and it felt right to archive it, warts and all. Funnily enough, it’s usually the song names that become the most important aspect of the songwriting process. They help set the tone. If a song has no name, it has no identity.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    We’re playing at Bush Bash on Sat Dec 8th up on Polhill Reserve in Aro. It’s an awesome one-day mini music fest that our friend Ben Jones puts on, and there’s a cool assortment of bands, artists, poetry, etc. No door sales so get in quick before they sell out!
    We’re also playing at Welcome to Nowhere on the weekend of Jan 11th, out near Whanganui. Two days of solid bands and sun out in the middle of nowhere, where you can go for a swim and run around with dogs and shit. It’s awesome.
    There are some more exciting gigs to come in 2019, but we can’t announce them yet…


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    The Eighth Note: Eight Eyed Orchid

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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 Brad & Tink from new Rock/Metal act Eight Eyed Orchid.

     

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    We are Eight Eyed Orchid, our members are Jared Beckett (bass), Tere Goodwin (synths), Marcus Gurtner (drums), Brad Jenkins (guitar) and Tink Matthews (vox). Our music mostly lives in the alternative rock/metal neighbourhood, with some progressive rock sensibilities twisting and stretching things in interesting directions. Big riffs, dark, psychedelic, quirky, catharsis, that sort of thing.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    Our debut EP ‘One By One & Two By Two’ is being released on 8 November; the lead single Petrichor came out back in August. Since the EP recording we’ve been working on songs that will be on our debut album.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    You can keep up to date with EEO developments via our Facebook page. Our music exists purely in the digital realm, it can be found on Bandcamp, Spotify, all the usuals.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Brad:
    Faith No More – The Real Thing
    The Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
    Tool – Ænima
    Tink:
    Tool – Ænima
    System of a Down – System of a Down
    Slipknot – Slipknot

    Which other Wellington musician(s) would you most like to work with?
    We’re still so shiny new as a band, the idea of a collaboration with other musicians has never come up. What I (Brad) have thought about, though, is working with a lighting designer—a great light show can take a gig to another level—so if any clever lighting folks read this, flick us a message!

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Valhalla is a fun place to play. Ben works his arse off to support local bands.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Brad writes a song (just music, no vox) and makes a demo. Tink then comes up with his vocal material for the song, while Jared, Tere and Marcus use Brad’s demo parts as a jumping-off point for coming up with their individual parts. Then it’s a matter of seeing how all the parts sit with one other and tweaking rhythms, melodies, harmonies, screams and feedback as needed.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Our release show for One By One & Two By Two is on Thursday 22 November at Valhalla. We have Sheeps and Planet Hunter joining us, so radness is guaranteed 😉


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