Smack bang in the middle of winter and yes I'm sure everyone's finding it hard to decide whether to sit home all cozy and warm and watch tv or pile on the layers of clothes and fine their way to some gig or another! Definately my hardest decision on the weekends! But I usualy end up braving the cold and am happy I have most of the time, after discovering some more amazing kiwi talent! Times like these just make one feel proud to be exposed to such wonder...right!
Anyway, there has been a lot happening over these past 2 weeks, many bands on breaks to write more music, which I'm sure will just give me more goodness to write about later in the year!
The Steriogram, Goodnight Nurse and 48May tour is well underway and after talking to some of the guys on the tour, found out that tonight they are playing in the capital with My Life Story and have just six shows left to go on their month long tour. Apparently having a load of fun and pulling in the crowds all round the country!
Also the new Shihad album, "Love is the New Hate" is being talked about left, right and centre.
Auckland hardcore band Second Theory are in the middle of their North Island tour, having played some awesome shows at the beginning, it definately kick started their tour well, getting great reviews all over the country for their ep.
And last but definately not least, the annual CokeSmokeFreeRockQuest is well underway, just finishing up with area heats in some places and onto the regional finals in other places. Seeing that most bands and musicians around the place today have rockquest experience under their belts, this must be one of the proudest things for the competition, to see the bands and musicians they gave advice to many years ago still going strong today.
That about wraps up the past two weeks from me, now it's off to more local music happenings and shivering, eagerly awaiting summer time festivals! ahh!
Have a good two weeks until next time!
Miscreant are an epic 6 piece rock band based in Auckland. The powerhouse of rock fully formed in mid 2004.
Consisting of Chris and Dans' outstanding display of vocal talent having performed in musical theatre productions such as Jesus Christ Superstar and West Side Story. Dave and Joshs’ anthemic guitar riffing thats backed by Larry and Damos’ pounding rhythm section, they are a force to be rekoned with in todays rock music scene.
Miscreant will be releasing their first EP in May, followed by a swag of gigs at various venues around Auckland, and we will see them tour other parts of NZ in the not too distant future.
Miscreant debuted on the airwaves recently on Paul Martins' 'The Axe Attack' on The Rock FM Sunday nights, with their tracks Panda Porn and Still Frame, which resulted in them having a regular spot on the show.
If you havn't seen these guys live, you should definately be putting them on your “bands to see live” list, come along and support some local talent!
Gig dates, MP3's, and all the goss is available online at http://www.miscreantband.com
Which NZ artist/band do you think will be a huge international success one day?
Anyone who has the balls to do something of their own rather than copy US punkrock kids or Gangsta's has our vote.
Who would you most like to tour with?
New Zealand bands, probably Bailterspace or Straitjacket Fits.Out of any band in the known universe maybe Pink Floyd circa 1970 or The Cure.
What is your most embarrassing concert moment?
We haven't really had any! Most of our mistakes were made in our earlier bands. Sorry, boring answer.
What are you planning on doing during 2005?
We have had a couple of overseas leads which we will be chasing, Along with more giging & recording
How did you come up with the name nebulaone?
We're not too sure, it was something Richard came up with one day that he thought sounded cool, nothing deep and meaningful that we know of. We've since found out that there is a hip-hop artist called Nebula One (hence why we're nebulaone all lower case one word), there's a gaming website in the UK called Nebula One and apparently there was a gig a few years ago called Nebula One run by Club Bizarre.
What is in your CD collection at home?
Lots of different stuff! At one end of the spectrum there's a bit of old-time bluegrass music and at the other there's some pretty heavy bands. Somewhere in the middle we've all listened to the likes of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple The Cure, Pumpkins and Sisters of Mercy also make an appearance.
What advice would you give other budding musicians/bands?
Put down your instruments and get a real job, we don't need the competition.
But if you're serious then our advice would be do what you want to, don't try to fit into someone else's image of what is popular at the moment.