A quick update on what’s going on here at ElevenFiftySeven Records and what related artists have done, plan to do and what they are doing now.
2008 saw new releases from Antagonist A.D, Cobra Khan & Los Muertos which saw all 3 acts hitting the road in support of each release.
Antagonist A.D took their blend of metallic hardcore to the world over 2008/2009 with not less than half a dozen trips across the ditch playing alongside such Australian heavyweights as Parkway Drive, Carpathian and US icons Earth Crisis plus venturing out on their very own headlining tour. Did it end there? No! Next was South East Asia which saw Antagonist A.D playing shows in such countries as Malaysia, Indonesia, the Phillipines, Singapore and Japan before returning home via Australia once again.
Right now Antagonist A.D is working on new material before they return back to Australia in October as part of the Sike Your Mind tour.
Antagonist A.D is Sam (vocals), Kris (guitar), Ross (guitar), Josh (bass) and Israel (drums).
Antagonist A.D's second album 'We Are The Dead' was released in October 2008 and you can read the muzic.net.nz review here.
Antagonist A.D will be supporting Winds Of Plague (USA) with Akaname on 1 November 2009 @ Transmission Room, Auckland.
Cobra Khan unleashed the debut long player 'Helgorithms' which saw the band side step genre expectations and deliver an album that surprised even themselves. Diverse & Dynamic 'Helgorithms' is a full and deceptively complex debut full-length. Over 2008/2009 Cobra Khan toured nationally, played the 2009 big day out supported international artists as the Bronx & Rise Against.
Cobra Khan has just released a very limited edition vinyl 7inch featuring the singles Liquid Separation + Shutter. Currently Cobra Khan is touring the North Island. Future plans include another 7inch vinyl release along with a digital E.P in the coming months.
Cobra Khan is Milon Williams (vocals, guitar), Ben Lee (guitar, vocals), Evan Short (bass)
Sarah Fox (keyboard) and Andy Morton (drums).
Cobra Khan's album 'Helgorithms' was also released in October 2008 and you can read the muzic.net.nz review here.
Los Muertos, the newest addition to the ElevenfiftySeven roster, released their self titled debut album in April 08, have toured locally and supported various internationals such as Thrice & Strung Out.
Having recently managed to break in their new bass player, Leon Hall (ex-Cold By Winter), Los Muertos have their collective shoulder to the grind stone as their riff machines churn out fresh material for their yet to be titled sophomore album. The rigors of pre-production have already commenced in an attempt to make sure that everything is set to 11 come Early 2010 when they enter the studio once again with engineer Zoran Mendonsa at the helm to track the yet to be titled album.
The late spring and early summer months will see Los Muertos take a break from their pre-production schedule to hit the stage around the upper north island. Expect to hear a handful of new tracks as they get road tested.
The blood, sweat and beers will continue to flow well after the post production is completed with a planned release date around early to mid fall 2010 and an album release tour to follow.
Los Muertos is Leon Parkin (vocals), Beni Shanks (guitar, vocals), Leon Hall (bass, vocals), Peter Garmaz (guitar, vocals) and Rob O'Connor (drums).
The debut album from Los Muertos was released in April 2008.
On the cusp of their 15th year, Kitsch is embarking on yet another journey through the sonic landscape of Pop Rock.
With an album project on the not to distant horizon, Kitsch plan to ‘light the fire’ by recording a selection of their freshest material for a online release, to be made available late 09. Followed by their 4th full length release scheduled early 2010.
The Kitsch lads can be found late at night hunched over computers with guitars in hand, churning out sugary gems, exploiting the worth of the sing along chorus, with the same old ethos as ever, producing pure melodic rock for the masses.
Their last effort ‘The Burning Ground’ spawned the ground breaking singles ‘Broken Themes’, ‘Memory of Me’, ‘Poison Ribbons, Poison Skies’ & ‘Stay Right Here’ and tore up music television and rock radio.
With a similar approach to the new project, working title ‘PLASTIC LIVES’ Kitsch will deliver the next stage in its evolution.
Below is a quick chat with Kitsch vocalist / guitarist Sam:
Q. What can we expect to see from Kitsch over the next year?
For the last 18 months we have taken a break from live performance, spent alot of time building an arsenal of tracks, which we dissect in the practice room. The goal being to come out with a new animal. A new album. Hopefully gain a thousand new listeners. We plan to record 3 or 4 of the new tracks late 09, and release them free online as a lead into the next era & new album (planned early-mid 2010).
Q. What is the best gig you have ever performed at, and why?
NOFX & Bad Religion at the Auckland Town Hall, Oct 4 2009, I do realise that’s in the future but it will be an experience. We have always wanted to play the Town Hall, so it seems even after a million years together we are still breaking new ground, achieving goals, etc etc.
Q. What are your favourite NZ venues?
2 Valve in Wellington AKA Hole in the Wall
3 St. James Theatre (RIP)
Q. What NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?
Kitsch, because it’s been too long between drinks.
Q. What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?
The moment I realised I would actually have to remove the G-string I made from gaffer tape.
Q. How do you describe your music?
PUNK ROCK PLUS!
I don’t really know actually.
POP ROCK maybe!
Q. What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Attain the best gear you can possibly afford.
Keep your strings fresh.
F**k trends and do what you want.
Play until you’re a dinosaur.
Don’t eat meat!
Kitsch is Sam Icke (vocals, guitar), Ben Crawford (guitar, vocals), Daryl Carruthers (bass, vocals) and Dan O'Neill (drums).
Kitsch will be performing live in support of Bad Religion and NOFX on 4 October 2009 @ Auckland Town Hall.
That’s about it for now. Stay tuned for new release & maybe even a few surprises
Until next time
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Finalists announced for 2009 Vodafone NZ Music Awards
Midnight Youth, Ladyhawke and Smashproof dominate the finalists list for the 2009 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
Midnight Youth and Ladyhawke are finalists in six categories, Smashproof in five, and The Mint Chicks and Fat Freddy’s Drop in four.
The finalists were announced this evening at a function at Auckland’s Langham Hotel. The winning artists are set to be honoured at the 44th annual awards when the red carpet is once again rolled out at Vector Arena in Auckland on October 8.
The prestigious Vodafone Album of the Year category includes The Mint Chicks (Screens), Midnight Youth (The Brave Don’t Run), Ladyhawke (Ladyhawke), Cut Off Your Hands (You And I), and Fat Freddy’s Drop (Dr Boondigga and the Big BW).
Ladyhawke, Midnight Youth and Smashproof are also finalists in the Vodafone Single of the Year category for their singles ‘My Delerium’, ´All On Our Own’ and ‘Brother’ respectively. P-Money featuring Vince Harder (Everything) and Kids of 88 (Our House) round out the category finalists.
Southern Amp 2009 First Announcement
Christchurch will once again stage the South Island's biggest multi-stage festival when Southern Amp 09 kicks into life on Thursday 12th November from 4.30pm til midnight at Westpac Arena in Addington. Amp-fans will not have to freak out about work or Uni the next day either with Friday 13th November being a holiday and the start of the Canterbury long weekend!
This year’s Southern Amp will feature 2 massive main stages standing side-by-side along one side of the Arena pumping out continuous live vibes. Main Stages AMP-A and AMP-B will give a much wider view, a much more 'closer to the action' overall experience, but most importantly NON-STOP LIVE MUSIC, as soon as A ends, B will burst into life.
There will also be a 3rd stage featuring some of our best local bands & DJs + the usual outdoor area for bars, food stalls etc. With a maximum of just 5000 tickets being put on sale this year we expect these tickets to be snapped up quickly.
Joining the eclectic mix on Southern Amp this year are the Buzzcocks, Kora, Salmonella Dub, Grinspoon, The Veils, Mammal and An Emerald City.
Rhythm & Vines Announce Second of Three Programme Line-Ups
Rhythm & Vines are pleased to announce the second of three outstanding programme installments for 2009. These additions to the first stellar line-up combine international heavy-weights and local legends which enhance the diverse and exciting programme.
Fame and success is something which few artists of recent times have enjoyed quite to the same level as MOBY, who has garnered mass critical acclaim and sold millions of albums worldwide. Headlining major festivals, and touring with everyone from Aphex Twin to Red Hot Chilli Peppers in previous years, Moby is set to return to New Zealand to play Rhythm & Vines for the first time since the release of his new album 'Wait For Me'.
UK chart toppers Editiors hit Rhythm & Vines on the back of the release of new album 'In This Light And On This Evening' available in October. The Mercury Prize-nominated group have affirmed themselves as one of the most vital guitar bands of recent times, and their live show is not to be missed.
Bootlegging kings 2ManyDJs - the alter egos of Belgian groove-gurus Stephen and David Dewaele from Soulwax –are set to perform a cracking live set this year at R&V. Joining them in the line-up from Australia on the dance tip will be Ajax (Sweat It Out), known for mixing it up in style, plus Modular’s Bang Gang (Doom & Hoodrat) and DJ Emerson Todd.
Smokefreerockquest 2009 National Final to be held at The Powerstation
The Smokefreerockquest 2009 National Final to be held at The Powerstation, Auckland on Saturday 19 September.
Six top notch finalists will battle it out at Auckland’s iconic rock venue The Powerstation on Saturday 19 September to see who will win the Smokefreerockquest 2009 National Final.
This year’s finalists represent a variety of musical genres, including indie pop band Hudson and the Rocketships (from Botany Downs Secondary College, Auckland); rock bands The Seed (from Hamilton Christian School, Fairfield College and Hamilton's Fraser High School in Hamilton) and A Few Words From Dave (from Mt Maunganui College, Tauranga); singer-songwriters Jayme Fitzgerald (Tauhara College, Taupo) and The Jesse Sheehan (from Wellington College); and ambient dance three-piece These Dancing Wolves (from Timaru Boys' High School).
Outward Sound Recipients Round Three 2009
Outward Sound is pleased to announce the third round of grant recipients for 2009.
Phase Two grants, providing the opportunity for in-market performances and related business development, were awarded to Bang! Bang! Eche! (showcasing tours of the UK, Australia and the USA including CMJ Music Marathon),Dawn Raid (to promote the US release of ‘Savage Presents “The Tribal Council”’) and The Rabble (showcasing tour of the UK and Europe, promotional activities, and Rebellion Festival).
Handle the Jandal Reminder
The deadline for entries is 5pm, Monday September 21, 2009. All entry requirements, specifications and further information is available from Radio Active 89FM’s website radioactive.fm, ph 04 801 9899 or email Hadden Morrison on email@example.com
These Four Walls Release Highly Anticipated Debut Album
The wait is over for fans of Auckland’s These Four Walls, as the band release their debut album 'Down Falls An Empire' on Monday 14 September. The musical chemistry and song writing talents of guitarist Gray Vickers and vocalist Steve Gibb are undeniable, and have come together to create a bold, artistic statement from the band.
'Down Falls An Empire' is musically diverse in its rock sensibilities, yet thematically consistent, taking the listener on a journey and presenting itself as a single piece of art as opposed to just a collection of songs. Ambitious for a debut album, the songs range in style from powerful guitar-driven anthems to melodic and beautiful passages, but thoughout the band retain their individuality and identity.
These Four Walls began pre-production for 'Down Falls An Empire' in January with Chris Van De Geer (Stellar*, Solstate, Revolver) and commenced recording in May of this year with both Chris and producer/engineer Andrew Buckton (The D4, Steriogram, Midnight Youth).
Special pre-sale offer for debut album for These Four Walls
These Four Walls are supporting Karnivool (AUS) on 19 September @ The Kings Arms, Auckland.
Dylan Storey Album Release
What is the relevance of a concept album in today’s climate of multi-media and rapid information exchanges one might ask? In the age of instantly accessible downloadable singles, can an album stand in and of itself as a piece of art? It’s possible that Dylan Storey’s new album ‘Out of the Soup’ might shed some light on this question, as its broad yet distinctly themed collection of songs takes you on a journey through the history of human thought and the fate of mankind, as seen through the eyes of a New Zealand armchair philosopher.
New Single for Pluto
In keeping with the DIY aesthetic, Pluto have recorded the new single 'Snake Charmer' at The Wall Studios, where their next album will also be produced. The release of 'Snake Charmer' will be ushered in with their first music video from The Wall that was made with the help of talented director Florian Habicht (Woodenhead, Kaikohe Demolition).
Deja Voodoo announce new album and October Tour
After 350 live shows, 2 albums and 8 years, Deja Voodoo considers their third album ‘The Shape Of Grunge To Come’ as their alternative debut. A re-ignition of the punk attitude and everyman rock they loved before they had a record deal.
The band is Chris Stapp (Bass/Vocals), Matt Heath (Guitar/Vocals), Gerry ‘the General’ Stewart (Lead) and Dutch Graham (Drums). They hit the road in October for a nationwide tour.
The Observer Rides Again
Two years after the seminal Heard was released, Tom Bailey AKA International Observer returns with eleven more slices of delectable dub drenched delights, designed to bother bassbins worldwide on October the 5th via the Dubmissions label and Rhythmethod distribution.
Aside from his opening take on the classic, House of the Rising Sun, Felt is an altogether deeper excursion into bass than its predecessors: beats are sparser and the basslines heavier. Lampedusa is inspired by the refugees held in camps on the Italian island of the same name, physically only breaths away from freedom, but practically miles apart.
New Decortica video 'Featherlight' now online
Solstate Hit India For The Great Indian Rock Tour and Festival Dates
Auckland rock band Solstate has been invited to perform at the annual Great Indian Rock tour throughout October 2009. The five piece will take their melodic brand of heavy rock to crowds of up to 50 000 punters, headlining three of the festival dates for what has been described as the ‘Big Day Out’ of India.
Solstate will also head out on their own headline tour throughout India, including college festival and club dates which are soon to be announced. The band will be filming the tour (which already includes confirmed dates in Bangalore, Delhi, Pune and Goa) for content for an upcoming documentary.
Site of the Moment: New website for NZ On Air
NZ On Air has just launched their brand new website, complete with everything you need to know about NZ On Air, applying for funding and music promotion.
The following musicians were added to the muzic.net.nz website recently. Check them out:
|Zoup, The||Dean Rainey and the Roadies|
Congratulations to our latest winners:
- R. Dowler (Auckland) won a double pass to the Cobra Khan gig that took place at Whammy Bar, Auckland last night;
- M. Hoyes (New Plymouth), J. Archer (Palmerston North) and S. Brenchley (Wellington) also won a double pass each to see Cobra Khan in their towns; and
- C. Smith (Manukau) and R. Tucker (Opotiki) will be receiving their copy of David Dallas' album 'Something Awesome' in the post this week.
Past competition winners can be viewed here.
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This September will see Cobra Khan hitting the road in further support of their debut album 'Helgorithms' (Oct 08) which has spawned the singles 'Shutter', 'Graze The Earth' and 'Liquid Separation'.
Thanks to 1157 Records, you can still win a double pass to the Cobra Khan Whangarei gig.
Isaac Aesili's debut solo album Eye See is a rich tapestry of sound with RnB at its heart, and lashings of soul, reggae and funk woven within. Features the single 'With You In My Bed' with vocals provided by Aaradhna.
Win a copy of the brand new album from Tahuna Breaks! Recorded with the infamous Dr Lee Prebble at the Surgery in Wellington, Black, Brown & White features 13 tracks in true Tahuna Breaks style – a diverse mix of soul, funk, blues, roots and reggae.
The Zoup combine modern rock, crunchy and powerful guitar melodies, unique and exploratory vocal patterns and subtle, atmospheric sounds. The distinctive essence of this four piece has been captured on their debut six track EP.
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