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Articles By Will Stairmand

Dark Divinity - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 063: Dark Divinity
18 May 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
Wellington based Melodic Death band Dark Divinity have a chat about their new vocalist, pending full length release, history, the whole package. Check it out.
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Big Scout - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 062: Big Scout
11 May 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
Blenheim Post Punk 3-piece Big Scout have a chat about their upcoming 12 track vinyl, the band's history, plans for a tour and musical life in Blenheim. Nice guys and good yarns.
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The First Child - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 060: The First Child
27 Apr 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
Auckland Post-Hardcore band The First Child have a chat about the new EP, homegrown videos, and plans for the rest of the year.
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No Broadcast - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 059: No Broadcast
20 Apr 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
Josh from the Christchurch band No Broadcast chats about the band, the new extended band member collective, their latest release and ideas to make the digital musical experience return to the physical world in some small interactive way.
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Organectomy - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 058: Organectomy
13 Apr 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
Christchurch underdogs turned kiwi global slam representatives Organectomy have a chat about the origins, their milestones to date, and hint and tease their plans for new music and shows. Sick band worth becoming familiar with.
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Obligatory Fiend - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 057: Obligatory Fiend
06 Apr 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
Founding members of Bow Messiah have found their musical grounding once more, 7 years since vocalist Andrew passed away. New project, new vocalist, new energy and a new approach; taking time to craft songs at their own pace.
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MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 056: Wolves
03 Apr 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
GC Angelo has a quick chat about the new (for lack of a better term) supergroup Wolves - featuring members from Evil Priest , Promise of Bloodshed, The Burial, 8 Foot Sativa / City of Souls  and Bleeders . Topics covered are their style, their 7" split with Gravel Pit due out in April, and the plight of becoming older musicians.
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Black Gravel City - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 055: Black Gravel City
30 Mar 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
Auckland 3 piece metal/rock outfit Black Gravel City came out the gate swinging with their debut single Internal Fix mid last year. Covid has slowed them down somewhat, but they are keen to do bigger and better things.
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Filth Wizard - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 054: Filth Wizard
23 Mar 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
Invercargill stoner/rock/instrumental outfit Filth Wizard  released their second full length album late last year and embarked on a brave quest north to bring their music to the masses in our current covid climate. Today we chat about the band, their origins and their plans for the future.
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Plague of the Fallen - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 053: Plague of the Fallen
20 Mar 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
Christchurch Death Metal band Plague of the Fallen have some more music in store for us... worth paying close attention to these guys.
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Saurian - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 052: Saurian
16 Mar 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
Dunedin alt rock 4 piece outfit Saurian have a chat about the band, the Dunedin scene, and their new tongue-in-cheek track Ice Cream Man.
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Lorenzo Hazelwood - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 051: Lorenzo Hazelwood
09 Mar 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
Lorenzo Hazelwood is vocalist for rock band Close To The Bone, but he also has some solo releases. We discuss those, and his solo project in general.
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On Tick - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 050: On Tick
02 Mar 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
3 Piece Auckland rock band On Tick have a chat about their release late last year, and discuss their plans for music and shows in 2022.
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Melanie - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 049: Melanie
23 Feb 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
West Auckland Pop Punk band Melanie stops by to discuss their band and recent release.
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Thy End Cometh - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 048: Thy End Cometh
16 Feb 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
Tauranga based outfit Thy End Cometh have a bit of a chat about their musical style, their subject matter and their 7 tracks which will be drip fed over the course of 2022. Was nice chatting to them.
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Vixen Execution - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 047: Vixen Execution
09 Feb 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
Members of brutal Death/Grindcore whirlwind Vixen Execution breathe new life into the band with new songs and a new energy. Featuring many members from Carnal, they have managed to develop a separate and unique style to differentiate the two bands.
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ABYSM - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 046: Abysm
02 Feb 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
Small band making big steps toward becoming something unstoppable, Tauranga's Abysm pop by to fill us in on how they are progressing. If you haven't seen these guys live, make sure you do at some point this year.
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Pull Down The Sun - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 045: Pull Down The Sun
26 Jan 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
Top lads Pull Down the Sun have an epic chat about the international rerelease of their double vinyl, funny injury stories, plans for the future... not one to miss!
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East York - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 044: East York
23 Jan 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
At the time of this interview, Melbourne based band East York had a series of North Island shows coming up in February with Coridian and Pull Down The Sun respectively... However, due to Covid, these have been cancelled....
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Covenant - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 043: Covenant
19 Jan 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
Covenant  are a Christian band that tackle the topic of depression whose music can be best described as a blend of Down-Tempo and Deathcore. Had a good chat about the music, the reactions of the religious to heavier genres and their plans for an EP.
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Distance - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 042: Distance
14 Jan 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
Christchurch instrumental band Distance have a bit of a chat about their releases, their first show and future plans.
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Carnal - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 041: Carnal
05 Jan 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
NZ Brutal Death Metal outfit Carnal  stop by to chat about the bands past, present and future endeavours.
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Bridge Burner - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 040: Bridge Burner
02 Jan 2022 // interview by Will Stairmand
Josh from Bridge Burner pops in to discuss the band's history, releases and other facets of this brutally delicious extreme kiwi band.
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Dead Favours - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 039: Dead Favours
29 Dec 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Jared from Dead Favours has a chat to Will about the bands rise to success amidst the trials and tests of a band in a covid restricted climate. Check it out...
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Coridian - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 038: Coridian
22 Dec 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
It's been over 3 years since I've chatted to Coridian, so there's some catching up to do. New music, new plans, but always good times.
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Borer - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 037: Borer
15 Dec 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
The "Spliff smoking, beer smashing, mongrel stacking sludge band from Christchurch, New Zealand." has an informal chat to Will about their fledgling release, sick merch and plans for the band moving ahead.
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Pale Flag - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 035: Pale Flag
01 Dec 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Auckland's Pale Flag test the very limit of Zoom and Will's editing skills by beaming in from 4 unique locations. Usual questions are covered, and some wacky X-Files events take place...
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Leave The Dead - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 034: Leave The Dead
24 Nov 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Hamilton metallers Leave the Dead have a chat about the band's progress in these dark times.
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Planet of the Dead - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 033: Planet of The Dead
21 Nov 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Wellington stoner / sci-fi / doom / rock / metal concoction Planet of the Dead beam in from their respective orbiting starships to discuss all facets of the band. Great band and a great chat.
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Voodoo Bloo - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 032: Voodoo Bloo
17 Nov 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Rory from Voodoo Bloo chats about their music, releases, lineup changes and brief but extremely productive history of the band, despite the covid situation.
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Pervertor - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 031: Pervertor
14 Nov 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Wellington Black Thrash band Pervertor remove their face panties to discuss their brand new, smoking hot album, the band's origins, gigs and future plans.
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Black Alpine - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 030: Black Alpine
10 Nov 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Two loose units from Black Alpine beam into Distorted Transmission HQ to discuss musical genres, share fashion accessories, consume the RDI of alcohol and fibre, and make Will cry. Never a sane moment.
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Bulletbelt - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 029: Bulletbelt
08 Nov 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Steve Francis stops by to talk about the band and music in general, upcoming albums, tours, and higher goals of the band.
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Sidewinder - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 027: Sidewinder
31 Oct 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Wellington Desert Rock band Sidewinder slither by to chat about their recent single releases, influences, audience responses, band history and plans for the next music releases.
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Dark Water - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 025: Dark Water
24 Oct 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Two of the three members of New Plymouth's Dark Water chat to Will via modern technology to discuss the history of the band, new music, plans for an album and a new video. https://www.
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Eurenza - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 024: Eurenza
20 Oct 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Thrash band Eurenza have exploded on the scene from seemingly nowhere. Two members have a chat about the band's origins, their music video and releases.
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Swerve City - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 023: Swerve City
17 Oct 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Two lads from Auckland's Swerve City zoom in to chat about their recent release Conspiracy, as well as lockdown projects, songwriting, and plans for an EP.
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Empress - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 022: Empress
13 Oct 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Rock duo Empress have a chat with Will about the origins of the band, music releases and upcoming shows...
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Blindfolded and Led to the Woods - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 021: Blindfolded and Led to the Woods
11 Oct 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Christchurch Metal Juggernauts BALTTW had a chat about their insane album that dropped earlier this year... the artwork, the songwriting and recording process and the postponed tour.
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Finger Tight - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 019: Finger Tight
03 Oct 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Auckland Pop-Punk band Finger Tight pop in (no pun internded) to chat about upcoming shows, new music and the resurgence of the genre.
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This Silent Divide - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 018: This Silent Divide
29 Sep 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Will chats to two members from Wellington Rock act This SIlent Divide about their upcoming single release, with an EP hot on it's heels.
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Downfall of Humanity - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 017: Downfall of Humanity
26 Sep 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
The lads from Auckland's Downfall of Humanity swing by via zoom to chat about new music, gigs, and unfortunate surname of their drummer... Some relevant links here to check out their offerings..
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Head Like A Hole - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 016: Head Like A Hole
22 Sep 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Rock and Roll bad boy Booga Beazley from Head Like A Hole spins some yarns about HLAH's new music, their checkered past, tattooing, along with hopes and dreams for the band moving ahead. Always a pleasure chatting to this guy.
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Alien Weaponry - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 015: Alien Weaponry
22 Sep 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Brothers Lewis and Henry De Jong have a chat to discuss the new Alien Weaponry album Tangaroa which was released on the 17th of this month. Other topics include touring, favourite tracks, the meanings behind some of the new tracks and their career highlights to date.
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Outside In - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 014: Outside In
15 Sep 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Mikey from Outside In has a chat about the band, their writing process and impending double vinyl limited release. His cat also makes a guest appearance.
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Written By Wolves - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 013: Written by Wolves
08 Sep 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Will had a chat to two lads from Written by Wolves... hitting topics such as their online success, their recent single/video release, their upcoming collab project EP Secrets that drops on the 17th of September, and advice for bands who aspire to achieve a similar international reach online.
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Seas of Conflict - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 012: Seas of Conflict
01 Sep 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Check out the latest interview from The Distorted Transmission interview series, with Seas of Conflict.
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Puppeteer - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 011: Puppeteer
28 Aug 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Two members of Tauranga/Auckland band Puppeteer stop in to chat about their current recording projects, the band's history and upcoming plans. Check it out!
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WHITE NØISE MAFIA - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 010: WHITE NØISE MAFIA
18 Aug 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
New kids on the block WHITE NØISE MAFIA have been making waves after winning the Ding Dong band competition and releasing a solid single. Very easy going and down to earth guys with a serious work ethic and dreams of making something real happen with their sound.
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Rise The Wicked - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 009: Rise The Wicked
11 Aug 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Waikato heavy rockers Rise the Wicked sit down for a chat after filming their first music video with Will behind the lens - the filming of both the music video and the interview took place on Saturday 10th July at their practice space in the rural and beautiful town of Pirongia in the Waikato, and the single has already been released since. Will had a lot of fun hanging out with them for the day.
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Forty Bucks Till Tuesday - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 008: Forty Bucks Till Tuesday
05 Aug 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Delving into the depths of NZ heavier music, The Distorted Transmission is hosted by Will Stairmand. In this episode, Auckland band Forty Bucks Till Tuesday pop over to mine to have a natter about the band, recordings, video plans, releases and gigs...
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Teeth And Nails - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 007: Teeth and Nails
03 Aug 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Delving into the depths of NZ heavier music, The Distorted Transmission is hosted by Will Stairmand.In this episode, Will heads to his childhood stomping ground Upper Hutt to chat to Wellington's own Teeth and Nails about their recent Valhalla show, merch, music and their new 4 track EP.
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Thousand Limbs - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 006: Thousand Limbs
28 Jul 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Delving into the depths of NZ heavier music, The Distorted Transmission is hosted by Will Stairmand.Auckland's Instrumental Doom Metal band Thousand Limbs stops by Will's West Auckland HQ to chat about past albums, recent videos and current projects,..
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The Rising Tide - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 005: The Rising Tide
26 Jul 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Delving into the depths of NZ heavier music, The Distorted Transmission is hosted by Will Stairmand. In this episode, Will talks with Palmerston North deathcore act The Rising Tide.
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Gatekeepers - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 004: Gatekeepers
26 Jul 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Delving into the depths of NZ heavier music, The Distorted Transmission is hosted by Will Stairmand.In this episode, Will talks with New Plymouth up-and-coming Punk act Gatekeepers.
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MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 002: Ultimate
15 Jul 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Delving into the depths of NZ heavier music, The Distorted Transmission is hosted by Will Stairmand. In this episode, Will talks with Ultimate.
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Black Sands - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 003: Black Sands
15 Jul 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Delving into the depths of NZ heavier music, The Distorted Transmission is hosted by Will Stairmand. In this episode, Will talks with Auckland 4-piece instrumental quartet Black Sands.
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Grym Rhymney - MNZ Interview: The Distorted Transmission 001: Grym Rhymney
07 Jul 2021 // interview by Will Stairmand
Delving into the depths of NZ heavier music, The Distorted Transmission is hosted by Will Stairmand. In our very first episode, Will talks with Auckland metalcore act Grym Rhymney.
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