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Articles By butch181

INSIDE THE MUSIC: Gold Medal Famous
19 Sep 2017 // interview by butch181
In our latest episode of www.muzic.
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INSIDE THE MUSIC: Static Era
14 Sep 2017 // interview by butch181
In our latest episode of www.muzic.
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Manzo - Album Review: Outsider
12 Sep 2017 // review by butch181
With minimal introduction, the new Manzo album begins with St Helens Overture; a lovely, calm, delicate piano piece. A rather impressive beginning, with a gentle crescendo, showing great use of refrain leading into the rest of the album.
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Daniel McClelland - Album Review: Anxious Heart
07 Sep 2017 // review by butch181
Straight off the bat, we have that gated reverb sound on the drum track; that punchy percussive character that has been synonymous with that of the pop and rock music of the 1980's, and has recently started reintegrating itself into pop music again. In this case, you get that nostalgia hit due to the reminiscence with Kenny Loggin's 1984 hit, Footloose.
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Gig Review: Hawthorne Heights with Fire For Glory @ Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland - 05/09/2017
07 Sep 2017 // review by butch181
"Listen, Morty, I hate to break it to you, but what people call "love" is just a chemical reaction that compels animals to breed."The quote from the hit American adult animated sci-fi sitcom drew attention, as an early start to the evening had opening act Fire For Glory up on stage well before 8pm.
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INSIDE THE MUSIC: Kris from Coridian & JP from Armed in Advance
04 Sep 2017 // interview by butch181
Alex Moulton and Chris Morgan sat down with Kris Raven of Coridian and JP Carroll of Armed in Advance to discuss their upcoming tour with Curlys Jewels. You can watch the video over on YouTube or read the interview below: Alex: Today youíre here to talk to us about your bands and an upcoming tour with Curlys Jewels at the end of NZ Music Month.
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Gig Review: Northlane with Set On End @ Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland - 26/08/2017
01 Sep 2017 // review by butch181
I arrived at the Kings Arms Tavern forty minutes before doors opened in order to avoid traffic, and was surprised to find the carpark already full of cars, and patrons waiting to gain entry to the venue. By the time the doors opened, the crowd that had amassed looked large enough to fill the venue to capacity.
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Gig Review: Stone Sour with City of Souls @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 23/08/2017
24 Aug 2017 // review by butch181
Looking around the venue and it is apparent that the stage has been brought forward. So Spark Arena (formerly known as Vector Arena) has a much smaller capacity compared to when Corey Taylor last performed with his other project, Slipknot.
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Sea Mouse Newsletter Interview
22 Aug 2017 // interview by butch181
Sea Mouse is the solo project of renowned Wellington singer/songwriter Seamus Johnson. Live, Sea Mouse is an energetic 3 piece band, channeling the thunder and swagger of Jack White and Led Zeppelin.
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Gig Review: Auckland City Rockfest @ The Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland 19/08/2017
22 Aug 2017 // review by butch181
10 bands, 1 night. As far as swansongs for the Kings Arms Tavern go, the Auckland City Rockfest is definitely doing it justice.
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Gig Review: Slaves with Animal Party @ Kings Arms, Auckland - 17/08/2017
18 Aug 2017 // review by butch181
The night opened with Auckland Alt-Rock act Animal Party. With a sound that could be described as a grungy take on punk rock, they powered through their vocal-centric set.
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Dead Favours - Single Review: High Flying
18 Aug 2017 // review by butch181
They came out of nowhere with their breakthrough single, Dig. Accompanied by a great fun music video, it took the local music scene by storm, and has shown little sign of slowing down in popularity.
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Hangar 18 @ Kings Arms, Auckland - 11/08/2017
14 Aug 2017 // review by butch181
With a list of 5+ bands playing on the bill, it was going to be a marathon session for a Kings Arms Tavern Friday night.First band up was Auckland Rock Funk band, Mudshark.
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Groove Lagoon - EP Review: Extended Play
09 Aug 2017 // review by butch181
First out of the gates is the opening track, Shiver, which has a similar drum and bass style to that of Villainy's 2012 track Money Mouth. With clean vocals from vocalist Joel Sunde, and an infectious funky beat, that has a mix of early Jamiroquai and Incubus vibes.
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The Latest Fallout - Single Review: Love On The Ceiling
04 Aug 2017 // review by butch181
The Latest Fallout are a Hamilton act that fall along the Alt-Rock/Alt-Pop veins, with a style of music that focuses on the happier, more positive-emotion topics when it comes to their lyrical content. You could quite easily compare their style to the likes of Paramore, AFI, or Fall Out Boy, though their style has moved slightly away from the guitar focus, towards atmospheric keys and synth more recently.
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Mishap - Single Review: Hey, Allie!
04 Aug 2017 // review by butch181
Mishap's latest release Hey, Allie! is the best definition of pop punk; minimal lyrics, with a lot of repetition, with a simple chord progression and standard timing.
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Mitch Alderlieste - Single Review: New Fire
04 Aug 2017 // review by butch181
Mitch Alderlieste's latest release, New Fire, is a musical mix of rock genres. With an opening verse that is reminiscent of the soundtrack to the 90's and 00's teen coming-of-age movies, the chorus takes on more of a bluesy rock vibe, which goes well with Alderlieste's deep and husky vocals.
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INSIDE THE MUSIC: Skinny Hobos
11 Jul 2017 // interview by butch181
In our latest episode of www.muzic.
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Gig Review: Dragonforce @ The Kings Arms, Auckland - 01/07/2017
04 Jul 2017 // review by butch181
Sitting in the car in the car park, the clouds had let loose a torrent of rain, with 10 minutes until doors open, already there was a line of at least 60 people standing out in the rain waiting to get inside and stake their position up front of the stage.Not long after the crowd has started to filter in, the first opening band takes to the stage, Stormforge.
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INSIDE THE MUSIC: Dead Favours
02 Jul 2017 // interview by butch181
Alex Moulton and Chris Morgan sat down with Charlie Smith and Ross Larsen of Dead Favours to discuss their debut single, Dig, and upcoming shows, taking a look Inside The Music.You can watch the video over on YouTube or read the interview below: Alex (Interviewer); Welcome to Inside the Music.
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Interview: Dragonforce - 'Reaching Into Infinity' Tour
29 Jun 2017 // interview by butch181
Ahead of their NZ tour, promoting the release of their seventh studio album Reaching into Infinity, Dragonforce took the time to answer a few questions:   What do you like to do outside of music that contributes musically; in essence, what hobbies do you turn to in order to rejuvenate your creativity? Sam (guitarist): Video games , I collect pinballs and drinking (and whatever goes along with drinking Ö travelling etc!
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Ravenhall - Single Review: My Love
28 Jun 2017 // review by butch181
The artwork for this single is actually a bit out of place. It gives a more intense rock appearance than what the track provides.
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INSIDE THE MUSIC: Curlys Jewels
27 Jun 2017 // interview by butch181
Alex Moulton and Chris Morgan sat down with Curlys Jewels to discuss their mini-tour and new EP The Skin We Shed and dive in for a look Inside The Music.You can watch the video over on YouTube or read the interview below: Alex (Interviewer): Today we have Curlys Jewels.
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Album Review: Infinity
15 Jun 2017 // review by butch181
Infinity has an angelic calmness to their music. The debut album garners close to an hours worth of material, split into nine tracks, three of which (Infinity, Caris' Land, and Reconnaissance 404) are split further into distinct parts.
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Gig Review: The Jordan Luck Band @ The Brownzy, Auckland 27/05/2017
09 Jun 2017 // review by butch181
Heading into the Browns Bays Brownzy Sports Bar, the anticipation in the air was substantial. The venue was full, the bar was jammed; the only area that didnít look over capacity was the outdoor smoking area.
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Gig Review: No Sky @ The Wine Cellar, Auckland 24/05/2017
30 May 2017 // review by butch181
On a Wednesday evening I was invited along to an EP release at St Kevinís Arcade, in the Wine Cellar; one of Aucklandís Karangahape road music venues. The release was an intimate affair, with the audience composed of the musicians, family and friends, and myself.
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INSIDE THE MUSIC: Kris from Coridian & JP from Armed in Advance
24 May 2017 // interview by butch181
Alex Moulton and Chris Morgan sat down with Kris Raven of Coridian and JP Carroll of Armed in Advance to discuss their upcoming tour with Curlys Jewels. You can watch the video over on YouTube or read the interview below: Alex: Today youíre here to talk to us about your bands and an upcoming tour with Curlys Jewels at the end of NZ Music Month.
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Tablefox - EP Review: Glass Houses
19 May 2017 // review by butch181
The Glass Houses EP starts out with an instrumental introduction. A three minute long track that begins with keys and a quiet, gentle and fragile guitar riff, but is then joined by a second louder, more abrupt guitar.
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Gig Review: Clap Clap Riot @ REC, Auckland, 05/05/2017
14 May 2017 // review by butch181
It has been many years since I have heard from Clap Clap Riot. Probably a consequence of listening solely to The Rock FM when it comes to the radio, but with a new release, it seemed like I was overdue checking them out.
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Gig Review: Head Like A Hole @ Galatos, Auckland 04/05/2017
14 May 2017 // review by butch181
Heading in to the venue, it was to be my first gig at Auckland's Galatos venue. Situated not too far away from the now-sold Kings Arms Tavern, and the currently for sale Wine Cellar and Whammy Bar, Galatos is in a prime position.
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Gig Review: Thomas Oliver @ The Tuning Fork, Auckland 05/05/2017
07 May 2017 // review by butch181
On a lovely brisk Friday evening I find myself sitting outside of the Tuning Fork, adjacent to the recently renamed Spark Arena in Auckland. The skies dark but clear, as I wait by the gas heaters for the opening artist to take to the stage.
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Lucifer Gunne - EP Review: The Red King
04 May 2017 // review by butch181
An interesting short EP. Of the five tracks included, only three are of real substance, enclosed by the suitably named Intro and Outro.
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Gig Review: Checaine @ Nivara Lounge, Hamilton 29/04/2017
01 May 2017 // review by butch181
Being an EP Release Party, I put in some extra effort and made my way down from Auckland to attend this Hamilton gig. Traffic was light, so the drive was pleasant - perhaps due to the lateness at which I was travelling.
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Dark Water Newsletter Interview
27 Apr 2017 // interview by butch181
Thanks Nathan (vocals & guitar for Dark Water) for taking the time to talk with us. Letís start with the band.
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Gig Review: Alcest @ Whammy Bar, Auckland 24/04/2017
25 Apr 2017 // review by butch181
Alcest is a very recent discovery for me. Hailing all the way from Bagnols-sur-CŤzein France, I discovered their Australia/New Zealand tour by chance.
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Gig Review: Garden Party Riot @ The Dogs Bollix, Auckland 20/04/2017
24 Apr 2017 // review by butch181
This trio took to the stage at Aucklandís Dogs Bollix, and they seemed a rather unassuming group. Apart from the vocalist, Paul Goddard, who dressed with a spiffy jacket and waistcoat in a look not dissimilar to Oasis and Beady Eye vocalist Liam Gallagher, the other members are dressed very casual in t-shirts and short sleeves.
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Tempist Fujit - Single Review: Midnight Train
13 Apr 2017 // review by butch181
This latest single from Tempist Fujit is best classified as an upbeat country pop rock piece. With a vibe that emanates in a similar way to Thirsty Merc's In The Summertime, Midnight Train has a meandering funky beat to it.
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Like A Storm - Gig Review: Alter Bridge @ The Powerstation, Auckland 31/01/2017
01 Apr 2017 // review by butch181
Waiting outside the venue, the crowd was in disarray. There was little communication from the venue staff, and general admission patrons were mingling with those that had purchased VIP tickets, and there was no clear system in place as to where people were to go.
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Ginzu and the Steak Knives - EP Review: Crow Hand
16 Mar 2017 // review by butch181
One of the shortest extended play (EP) releases I have had to review so far. The five tracks add up to just under nine minutes of what is undoubtedly a punk length release.
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Hiboux - Album Review: Command the Earth to Swallow Me Up
12 Mar 2017 // review by butch181
With a similar style to such acts as Explosions in the Sky, Mono, and Jakob, Hiboux (pronounced ee-boo) are an instrumental post-rock group hailing from Wellington. Command the Earth to Swallow Me Up is an alluring release, with layers of instruments that provide a greater flexibility to adapt a track without disruption of the flow.
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Gig Review: I Am Giant @ King Arms Tavern, Auckland - 09/03/2017
10 Mar 2017 // review by butch181
With the sale of the Kings Arms, many acts have started carrying out what could potentially be considered their contribution to the venueís swansong. Having performed at the Jim Beam Homegrown last weekend, I Am Giant lined up a follow up show at Aucklandís King Arms Tavern, for what may be their last chance to grace the stage that has been a staple of the Kiwi music scene for over the years.
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Cheshire Grimm - EP Review: Rain or Shine
10 Mar 2017 // review by butch181
Cheshire Grimm provide quite an eclectic mix of sounds in their Rain or Shine EP release. Their opening track, Slave to the Grind starts with a grungy bassy riff, which swiftly switches to some jazzy saxophone with some clean distorted guitars.
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Brendon Thomas and The Vibes - EP Review: Wrap You In The Sun
09 Mar 2017 // review by butch181
Itís always fun to keep an ear out for contestants of broadcasted talent shows, such as The Voice, or New Zealand Idol, as itís interesting to see whether the shows are able to properly provide the exposure needed to make a career of music, or whether the artists have their 15 minutes of fame and fade into obscurity Brendon Thomas and the Vibes, a three piece hailing from Auckland, made a name for themselves by securing the third position in X Factor New Zealand in 2015, and the only band in X Factor history to make to the grand finale. Fast-forward two years later and they are preparing for the release of their EP, Wrap You In The Sun.
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Gig Review: Jim Beam Homegrown @ TSB Arena, Wellington - 04/03/2017
07 Mar 2017 // review by butch181
For the tenth year, Homegrown has graced the Wellington waterfront providing punters with a glut of musical acts from around the country. This year, 45 Kiwi groups graced the six various stages performing to another sold out crowd on what turned out to be a beautiful day, both musically and weather-wise.
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Decades - Single Review: I Was With Him
14 Feb 2017 // review by butch181
I Was With Him is the definition of New Zealand music. It has the highly melodic (but more importantly) deep notes that perfectly illustrate the New Zealand accent we are famous for, and a simple musical structure that transcends genres from pop to rock, but focuses on vocals and lyrical content over musical technicality.
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EP Review: Godzilla Takes New York
08 Feb 2017 // review by butch181
Many a famous star has said that Rock and Metal are dead, but releases like this are capable of reigniting that flame of passion. Godzilla Takes New York is an Auckland metalcore quintet, which despite having the common band arrangement (rhythm, lead, bass, drums, and vocals), their sound has a refreshing zeal.
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Into Orbit - Album Review: Unearthing
07 Feb 2017 // review by butch181
The first thing that I noticed when I was made aware of this release was the artwork. A superb piece, that offers a sensation of isolation, desolation, and repossession, with a natural splendour.
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Gig Review: Opeth @ The Powerstation, Auckland 02/02/2017
03 Feb 2017 // review by butch181
Credit where credit is due, the night was well executed. I arrived on site half an hour before doors opened, and the lines of fans waiting to get in stretched as far as the eye could see (and presumably around the corner too).
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Disjecta Membra - Album Review: Songs To Scattered Symbols
03 Feb 2017 // review by butch181
The concept of a split release is something I have only been recently made aware of, and yet it seems like a brilliant marketing tool. In this case, it is being used as limited edition merchandise for a tour, providing three new and exclusive tracks from each band participating on the tour.
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Gig Review: Starving Millions @ Whammy Bar, Auckland 28/01/2017
29 Jan 2017 // review by butch181
It has been several years since I last attended a punk concert, so I was pleased to have the opportunity come up to see what hardcore punk was being churned out these days. The show ended up being quite an intimate affair in a lower floor beneath St Kevinís Arcade on Karangahape Road.
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  • HAVANA
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    Demi Lovato
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    Taylor Swift
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    Justin Bieber And BloodPop
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