Agent - Kingdom of Fear Album Review
17 May 2013 // review by Petros
Hiatus was my introduction to Agent. I first heard it in the background of one of those skate, surf and snow extreme sports shows that were on television before the advent of Emo and fast internet.Read More...
Penknife Glides - Pleasure Thru Tears
14 May 2013 // review by Petros
Straight out of 80’s and onto your stereo, Penknife Glides are back and bring you their newest release. Pleasure Thru Tears is a collection of songs written by the band between ’81 and ’85 as punk pulled itself to pieces and began its twenty year hibernation.Read More...
Fire At Will - The Way Out Album Review
12 May 2013 // review by Petros
Rising from the ashes of Auckland’s My Asylum and South Africa’s The Narrow, multinational Hard Rock act Fire at Will are taking New Zealand and South Africa by storm.
Citing Lost Prophets and Breaking Benjamin as influences, their sound is a tight, hard hitting mix of the best parts of these two iconic bands.Read More...
PlasticGroove - Pointless Single Review
10 Apr 2013 // review by Petros
The semi-anonymous masked men in black are back with a new track, though in many ways PlasticGroove never left the scene. Junky Monkey is still doing the rounds, currently sitting at number 40 on the Audience.Read More...
The Bads - Travel Light Album Review
02 Apr 2013 // review by Petros
Once the Julie Dolphin, then Boom Boom Mancini, dynamic duo Brett Adams and Dianne Swann are back as The Bads and with a brand new album Travel Light. If neither of the previous band names sound very familiar, perhaps I should throw in that Adams and his guitarist skills have been heard alongside Gin Wigmore and Neil Finn, and Swann has recorded duets with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and OpShop, and was formally a member of kiwi supergroup When the Cat’s Away.Read More...
Death In Texas - Fear of the Hundred Single Review
21 Feb 2013 // review by Petros
Death in Texas are another great band that has escaped the chain-like clutches of the New Zealand native music scenes, and for good reason. Their sound is at the dark end of pop, a vine the local bigwigs fear to pluck fruit from, and in whose shade the sheeple fear to tread.Read More...
Some Groovy PlasticGroove Singles
29 Jan 2013 // review by Petros
PlasticGroove is that band with the black and white cartoon cut out masks and the suits.
When asked about the masks, one of the semi-anonymous members explained the masks were to bring the focus back to the music, not the celebrity behind the performers.Read More...
Jamie McDell - Six Strings and a Sailboat Album Review
03 Jan 2013 // review by Petros
I had never heard the name Jamie McDell, though judging by the volume of buzz and praise Google throws out, I feel like I should have. Her debut album Six Strings and a Sailboat debuted at number eight on the NZ Top 40 and her singles have been dancing around the charts for weeks.Read More...
Alizarin Lizard, Brown & Guests @ The Badcave, Palmerston North, 06/12/12
21 Dec 2012 // review by Petros
Last week I read the following headline in the local Manawatu Standard:
“City folk ‘intolerant of noise’ – Musician ‘banned’ from playing music”
The picture of Harry Lilley, a well-known busker in Palmerston North, and his white blonde hair, sunglasses and guitar made this annual report for the Environmental Protection Services Noise Control seem like someone else actually cared about Harry’s plight, the plight of many a practicing musician.
This article came a week after:
“Explicit PN hip-hop video an online hit”
The thing I like about this article is it summed up the closed mindedness of this rural town that masquerades as a city.Read More...
Minuit Newsletter Interview
30 Nov 2012 // interview by Petros
With three albums and multiple EPs already in their catalogue, the Kiwi band with the French name have toured far flung venues from St Petersburg to the Czech Republic; storming The Crystal Method's DJ night in Los Angeles; playing the hotel where Tarantino wrote Pulp Fiction in Amsterdam; and headlining the Hanoi Festival in Vietnam.
It is with much expectation that Minuit are set to release their fourth full length album Last Night You Saw This Band on 21 December 2012 at 12:12am, followed by an album release show on 22 December 2012 at Dux Live in Christchurch.Read More...
Young Lyre - Night Swimming EP Review
20 Nov 2012 // review by Petros
Young in name, but not young in years in the band game, Young Lyre (formally Sons of Darragh, Oresund and the Frisk) have stormed into the New Zealand mainstream this month with their distinctively Indie sound and refreshingly bright new EP, Night Swimming. Debuting at number fifteen on the Official New Zealand Music Chart, Night Swimming has been described by those in the know as sounding like Two Door Cinema Club's Tourist History.Read More...
Rackets - Could Do Better EP Review
25 Oct 2012 // review by Petros
I only went into Happy the one time during that one year Wellington was my home. There was about a week and a half left of July, I had a crush on Cat Venom and all I wanted was to hold their new record in my hands and breathe in that sweet cardboard and plastic scent.Read More...
The Glocks - Magpie Genocide Album Review
17 Oct 2012 // review by Petros
“To all those that have run the gauntlet to avoid the dive bomber – this is for you.”
With apologies to the SPCA, I admit my first time firing a weapon at something other than a stationary target followed an experience running from a pair of those thieving black and white crows.Read More...
Moisty Atsushi - Speedo EP Review
09 Oct 2012 // review by Petros
With the passionately played old-school, First Wave Ska and the creatively designed cover of red, green and gold, you’d be forgiven for thinking Moisty Atsushi was leading a reggae band. I mean, most people aren’t aware that Ska preceded Reggae and not the other way around.Read More...
Bailterspace - Strobosphere Album Review
13 Sep 2012 // review by Petros
With embarrassment I admit that until today I had referred to the band in prolonged hipster conversations about music as “Baiterspace.” The word was an earworm at one point, the kind of word that circles around in your brain for no apparent reason, like acetabulum, but that’s another story.Read More...
Stefan Wolf - Quiet! Can't You See I'm Dying Here? EP Review
17 Jul 2012 // review by Petros
“Perennially unfashionable… “
“Bound to be another shelf sitter…”
Reading reviews like the above makes you question the adage “any press is good press.” If you took the reviews seriously that is… A grain of salt is the recommended accompaniment with Stefan Wolf’s latest release, self-described as “the paradox of a happy life tangling with the possibility of death.Read More...
Skank Attack - Here on Out Album Review
01 May 2012 // review by Petros
Why the hell have I never heard of Skank Attack? Perhaps, because I spent the first half of the eighties in a womb, well nine months of it at least, and the last half destroying my parents’ cassette tapes with my teeth.Read More...
Sherpa - Lesser Flamingo Album Review
27 Apr 2012 // review by Petros
It’s hard to gauge the success of local Indie bands, but you know Sherpa are making waves in the Indie world when you hear their songs played on one of the obscure niche shows Massey University’s Radio Control has on offer. That’s where I first came across this quirky band and their unique sound.Read More...
Primmers - Durham Lane Album Review
13 Apr 2012 // review by Petros
One can find many pleasures in music. Durham Lane from Primmers satisfies three of my main sources of pleasure; old, obscure, semi-forgotten music, previously unreleased music and true punk rock from the 70s, not that cringe-worthy neo-punk that emerged after the slow death of the boy band era.Read More...
Sounds Aotearoa 2012: Part One - The Seminars
05 Apr 2012 // review by Petros
Part One: The Seminars
Wonderful weather in New Plymouth for this, perhaps the last Sounds Aotearoa to be held in the scenic Taranaki. There were mixed responses to whether Sounds would be missed in Taranaki.Read More...
Kieran Cooper - Yes, No, Sincerely Album Review
25 Mar 2012 // review by Petros
In a rather novel move, over the past month or so Kieran Cooper has been releasing a track a week of Yes, No, Sincerely onto his bandcamp, a move previously employed by Smashing Pumpkins. This serialisation harkens back to the old days before we had unlimited high-speed internet and any album we could ever desire in a couple of clicks and a few minutes.Read More...
Kieran Cooper - Yes, No, Acoustic
25 Mar 2012 // review by Petros
Yes, No, Acoustic is a mix of old and new Kieran Cooper, from his previous release In Search of Reason, including my old favourites Awake and Over Me, as well as from his new release Yes, No, Sincerely, and also tracks from Kieran’s band, Kasium.
If you’re the kind of person that would rather rock out to the Foo Fighters’ acoustic performance of Everlongwhen you’re in your growlery than listen to the original studio recording, then keep this album on your MP3 player.Read More...
Kasium - Exhale Album Review
12 Dec 2011 // review by Petros
Kasium’s Exhale is the 90s rock album of the year. There are grungy guitars with blazing solos, heavy bass, hard-hitting drums and there is stoic defiance against the norms and the authorities in Kieran’s vocals.Read More...
Beltane - Auld Toby Album Review
06 Oct 2011 // review by Petros
My interest in Beltane began as a sideline to my interest in the music of Palmerston North’s $lave Recordings. When people say the name Beltane their tone suggests there is some kind of dark back story, some hidden history I needed to know about.Read More...
Kasium - So Electric Single Review
30 Sep 2011 // review by Petros
Kasium’s latest single So Electric is crisp production, catchy riffs, catchier lyrics and a healthy dose of wholesome rock and roll. The single couldn’t have come at a better time.Read More...
Kieran Cooper - In Search of Reason Album Review
03 Aug 2011 // review by Petros
The solo effort of Kasium vocalist and front man, Kieran Cooper is a relatively dark affair. It’s cut from the same cloth as Marilyn Manson’s acoustic material, for those dedicated fans who have heard that (For those who haven’t, listen to Kieran Cooper instead.Read More...
Kasium - Premonition EP
28 Jul 2011 // review by Petros
I realise that Kasium’s self-produced Premonition EP was released a good three years ago, but it’s a release I thought I needed to draw attention to. I’m not sure why these guys haven't taken off more than they have, they have a lot riding for them; the dark look, the rock angst, the cultural commentary video.Read More...
Welcome to the FreeDay Album Review
01 Jul 2011 // review by Petros
This week I have had the pleasure of reviewing FreeDay’s debut, ‘Welcome to the FreeDay.’ FreeDay is the brainchild of the talented husband and wife team Glen and Alex Donaghy and their backing band.Read More...
The DeSotos - Your Highway for Tonight Album Review
16 May 2011 // review by Petros
For us too young to have been there on that fateful April night in 1968 all that we know of the Wahine Disaster are the grainy black and white photographs of the giant ship on its side and the distraught faces of those rescued from the lifeboats. There is some small feeling of nostalgia, but the whole event is too distant from us to inspire any feeling of what it was like and how it affected our nation.Read More...
Mr S - 'Get Rough With It' Review
03 May 2011 // review by Petros
In twenty words Get Rough with It! is an acoustic blues rock tribute to an eclectic mix of contemporary jazz and blues standards in the key of rockabilly.Read More...
Box Juice - Sunrise Ave Album Review
12 Apr 2011 // review by Petros
Box Juice's Sunrise Ave is a tropical cocktail of the same ilk as Kiwi greats Katchafire; reggae that remains true to its Jamaican roots with a subtle hint of South Pacific flavour. It's peaceful music for peace.Read More...
15 Mar 2011 // review by Petros
A lot of people, from the average to the more unusual New Zealander, would never have heard of, imagined or ever encountered the obscure ‘music’ that finds it’s home under the umbrellas of the Ambient, Post-Rock genres. To save you the Wikipedia search “Ambient music is a musical genre that focuses largely on the timbral characteristics of sounds, often organized or performed to evoke an "atmospheric", "visual" or "unobtrusive" quality.Read More...
Phil Edwards Band - Slow Borders Album Review
14 Mar 2011 // review by Petros
What we have here is the peanut slab of New Zealand music; no pretence, just good honest Kiwi music. Unfortunately that leaves out that portion of the audience that are allergic to nuts, but that takes nothing away from Slow Borders.Read More...
Sleeping Dogs - 'Myth Reducer' Album Review
29 Dec 2010 // review by Petros
Do you feel that ‘Epic’ is a word thrown around with such enthusiasm these days that it has become blocked by the filters of selective hearing and any associated meaning is sucked out of it? Then listen to this album.Read More...
Hellborne - Self Titled Album Review
10 Dec 2010 // review by Petros
If you’re from Palmerston North and haven’t been to a Hellborne gig, you’re too late and I pity you. You have missed out on one hell of an experience and you've missed out on witnessing Palmerston North’s fundamental swamp-metal bands and one of the most legendary in action.Read More...
Turbostill - Liquid Rock n' Roll
30 Nov 2010 // review by Petros
I recently rediscovered Turbostill’s third outing, Liquid Rock n’ Roll, in my music collection and can only conclude that I must have bought the CD at a local show I have no recollection of. This album represents everything your mother discouraged when you were growing up, but secretly did behind your back.Read More...
Svelte - Cat's Paw Album Review
16 Nov 2010 // review by Petros
If you're a contemporary Kiwi you've heard of Supergroove, in which case you've also inadvertently heard of two thirds of Svelte and the other third is usually mentioned in the shadow of his father - any one who's watched Outrageous Fortune has heard the band Hello Sailor before, but they probably did not know it was his father that played bass on track 8 of their 2006 acoustic album. He's also known as the cousin of Nicky Watson's Ex, who is also famous for being the drummer in an underground New Zealand band, Blindspott.Read More...
Crackpot Theory - Black Metal Much? CD Review
05 Nov 2010 // review by Petros
It’s hard to believe this is the product of a brooding teenage boy locked in his bedroom. Like all their other releases Crackpot Theory’s Dan Ashcroft records and plays everything on this record by himself, but unlike previous releases it doesn’t show.Read More...