Hiboux - Album Review: Command the Earth to Swallow Me Up
12 Mar 2017 // 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.Read More...
Gig Review: I Am Giant @ King Arms Tavern, Auckland - 09/03/2017
10 Mar 2017 // by butch181
sale of the Kings Arms, many acts have started carrying out what could
potentially be considered their contribution to the venue’s swansong. Having
performed at the Jim Beam Homegrown last weekend, I Am Giant lined up a
follow up show at Auckland’s 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.Read More...
Cheshire Grimm - EP Review: Rain or Shine
10 Mar 2017 // 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.Read More...
Brendon Thomas and The Vibes - EP Review: Wrap You In The Sun
09 Mar 2017 // by butch181
fun to keep an ear out for contestants of broadcasted talent shows,
such as The Voice, or New Zealand Idol, as it’s 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
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.Read More...
Gig Review: Jim Beam Homegrown @ TSB Arena, Wellington - 04/03/2017
07 Mar 2017 // 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.Read More...
Decades - Single Review: I Was With Him
14 Feb 2017 // 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.Read More...
EP Review: Godzilla Takes New York
08 Feb 2017 // 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.Read More...
Into Orbit - Album Review: Unearthing
07 Feb 2017 // by butch181
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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.Read More...