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Articles By Paul Goddard

Gaz Coombes @ The Tuning Fork, Auckland - 17/09/2018
18 Sep 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
Gaz Coombes along with his mates in Supergrass was part of the soundtrack to many of my heady nights out in the UK in the nineties. They were lumped into the whole Britpop scene by the media there but stood out due to in large part to the observational, conversational songwriting and lyrical style that has since been championed by Alex Turner and Arctic Monkeys.
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Lucifer Gunne - Lucifer Gunne Newsletter Interview
03 Sep 2018 // interview by Paul Goddard
Lucifer Gunne may have started as a solo project, but now it's a fully-fledged band. They played their first show at Valhalla in their hometown of Wellington on 30 March 2017, and have been playing, gigging, practicing and recording ever since.
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Gig Review: Courtney Barnett @ The Powerstation, Auckland - 28/08/2018
29 Aug 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
I love watching support bands. For some people, they are an excuse to stay in whatever bar, house or car they are preloading in for a little bit longer, but I love the unexpected.
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Ghost Who Walks - EP Review: Ghost Who Walks
21 Aug 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
This debut EP from Wellington’s Ghost Who Walks comes hot on the electro-plasmic coat tails of the latest single released, Walking Talking Blues. Vertigo is the opener here and is a blues 'n' funk-tinged blast with more than a hint of soul that will get you dancing.
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Ghost Who Walks - Single Review: Walking Talking Blues
06 Aug 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
Ghost Who Walks are one of those bands whose mixture of blues, funk and soul could easily fall into the abyss that is mediocrity. Like any band who mix genres, the result can be something that should be tasty but also runs the risk of coming out as bland as the rice crackers I am munching on while writing this.
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Decades - Gig Review: Decades @ Whammy Bar, Auckland - 20/07/18
23 Jul 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
I love Auckland and I love Whammy Bar. A dive bar by definition, this underground venue has been the staple of underground bands for years and long may it continue.
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These Four Walls - Single Review: Over and Over
17 Jul 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
These Four Walls have been around a long time. It's because they have a strong foundation built on late 90's, early 2000's rock.
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Racing - Single Review: Devil's Work
25 Jun 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
My heart is racing. Not sure if that’s a good sign?
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Metaract - Video/Single Review: Never Forget
23 Jun 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
I was looking forward to hearing this new single from Auckland’s Meteract, after all, the pairing of a band comprising members of Tadpole and Just One Fix with the production skills of Dave Rhodes was never going to result in a sub-par release.I did have some concerns though, Chris was in one of my favourite bands from the early 2000’s, Redline, and Dave has worked with many acts with one most notable being Blindspott.
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Gig Review: Brian Jonestown Massacre @ Powerstation, Auckland - 16/06/2018
18 Jun 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
It's a wet and windy night. The All Blacks playing means the bars surrounding Auckland's Powerstation are packed with rugby fans and finding a carpark is murder.
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Gig Review: Ska Save The Queen @ The Thirsty Dog, Auckland - 03/06/2018
12 Jun 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
I grew up in Coventry in the UK. As a kid my first introduction to music was Two Tone the local record label that had Ska bands like The Specials, Selector, The Beat etc.
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Vallkyrie - Single/Video Review: Runaway Child
09 Jun 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
South Auckland three-piece Vallkyrie are pure class. Their tendency to switch genres and the mixture of influences they embody has taken them another step forward with this their latest single release Runaway Child.
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Soda Boyz - EP Review: By Soda Boyz
05 Jun 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
So, a young band from Palmy do the norm and go through the "Rockquest" motions. Just another bunch of wannabe talented, wannabe kind of good at what we do but fuck being famous we would rather be cool wannabes, or so I thought until I hit play and turned this music up loud.
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Dead Kid Harvester - Album Review: The First Sign Of Madness
04 Jun 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
I knew this wasn't going to be an easy listen. With a moniker like Dead Kid Harvester and song titles like Scab Made Out Of Faeces, Paul Harvey isn't aiming for middle of the road chart-bothering, but I love music of all extremes and we all need to be challenged.
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Soda Boyz - Single Review: Home Again
04 Jun 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
This new single from Soda Boyz simmers and shimmers. Totally instrumental, it's a great example of how music doesn't always need words to get the message across.
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The Recently Deceived - Single Reviews: Misty and Halo
22 May 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
It's great to see The Recently Deceived are back with a new double single release following on from their excellent Use Your Head EP. They are simply one of the best "punk" bands you will see or hear and this single steps up the attitude on opener Misty.
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Hybrid Rose - Single Review: Just Press Play
11 May 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
Hybrid Rose (Rose Muollo-Gray) has done it again. Though this time, she has managed to up the game to another level.
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Boom! Boom! Deluxe! - EP Review: Boom! Boom! Deluxe!
01 May 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
As a teenager I was really into psychobilly head cases King Kurt. They were the backdrop to many a drunken party.
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Tom Cunliffe - Album Review: Template For Love
01 May 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
I must admit when I came across this I was put off by the album title Template for Love as I am more of an 'Instructions for Chaos' kind of guy.Life is much richer if you push into the unknown, challenge the preconceptions and explore with an open mind which is exactly what Tom Cunliffe has done on this his second album.
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Album Review: Sex & Food
11 Apr 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
I know it is controversial but I am going to say it anyway. I agree with Taka Waititi - Unknown Mortal Orchestra are the best band on the planet to listen to and the new album is awesome as fuck!
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A.U.R.A - Single Review: G.I Wonder
05 Apr 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
There is something safe about the familiar. It is comfortable.
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Gig Review: Prophets of Rage @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 20/03/2018
27 Mar 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
I was lucky enough to see Rage Against the Machine just after they released their debut album. It was a tiny venue in the UK and the energy and anger along with Tom Morello's insane guitar histrionics was a massive influence on me and the music I wanted to create.
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Super Narco Man - EP Review: Dank Mammoth Deluxe EP
27 Mar 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
So, what is it about Tauranga? This land of the newlyweds and the nearly-deads is fast becoming a hotbed of some serious underground post-punk hardcore goodness.
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Gig Review: Ed Sheeran @ Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland - 24/03/2018
25 Mar 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
Walking from the car to Mt Smart Stadium and the heavens open. People are literally flooding in with the standard dress code for outdoor gigs here this year being Ponchos and shorts.
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Festival Review: Auckland City Limits 2018
08 Mar 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
Here we go again. It's a stunning day and the rain has held off.
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Clap Clap Riot - Gig Review: Clap Clap Riot @ Whammy Bar, Auckland - 23/02/2018
08 Mar 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
Clap Clap Riot have one of the best band names. I knew of them for years without ever hearing any of the music.
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Gig Review: Foo Fighters @ Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland - 03/02/2018
04 Feb 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
It had been raining on and off for most of the day but just as Wellington band Ayn Randy took the stage the heavens opened. It set the scene for what was going to be an awesome night where the weather played a big part in the memories of the 40,000 people packed into Auckland's Mount Smart Stadium.
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Santa Barbara - Single Review: Marianne's Dark Eyes
01 Feb 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
I love Santa Barbara. I am lucky enough to visit there once a year and it's a funky little town about two hours from LA LA Land with a laid-back vibe and it also knows how to get down and dirty on a weekend.
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Festival Review: Laneway 2018 @ Albert Street Precinct, Auckland - 29/01/2018
30 Jan 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
2017 was my first time at Laneway. I went for one reason only and that was to see Refused.
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Bleeders - Gig Review: Bleeders @ House of Vans, Shed 10, Auckland - 20/01/2018
30 Jan 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
So this event kind of took everyone by surprise. The global entity that is House of Vans announced a music/skate festival to be based at Shed 10 on Auckland's waterfront.
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Gig Review: End of an Era Night 1 @ Kings Arms, Auckland - 26/01/2018
29 Jan 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
I arrived early for this first of two nights of bands who have come together to say goodbye to iconic Auckland venue the Kings Arms, which will finally close its doors at the end of February. Punters are slowly streaming in for the opening band A Doubtful Sound (isn't that the best name ever for a Kiwi Band) but the band don't care about how many people are in the room and hit the set full tilt.
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Hault - EP review: Hault
06 Jan 2018 // review by Paul Goddard
The 90's will always be my favourite decade for music. It was a time when rock bands took a punk attitude and melded it with face melting heavy 70's style riffs and this is all perfectly summed up in the Sonic Youth doco 1991 the year that punk broke (check it out).
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Future Islands with Silicon @ Powerstation Auckland - 16/12/2017
19 Dec 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
This dude can dance. He is on another planet.
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Armed In Advance - Gig Review: Armed in Advance, Fallstate and AnimalHead @ Backbeat, Auckland - 8/12/2017
16 Dec 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
Back at Backbeat. Deja vu, is a feeling you get when you see a lot of bands in Auckland.
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Scalper - EP Review: Want
12 Dec 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
I read a Facebook post from a friend of mine in the UK recently who writes reviews. It went something like this "somebody please send me some music I can feel enough to believe it".
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Harry Styles @ Spark Arena, Auckland - 2/12/2017
04 Dec 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
It must be interesting being Harry Styles. Thrown into the limelight to be the focal point for one of the highest selling pop acts ever.
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Gig Review: Marky Ramone @ The Studio, Auckland - 1/12/2017
02 Dec 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
Hey Ho Lets Go! The Studio on KRd was filling up nicely when I arrived and as expected the crowd is largely made up of males in their late forties/early fifties.
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Minimal Silence - Single Review: House of Flies
29 Nov 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
Getting ahead in the music business is a competition. You need to give it your all and hope for a bit of luck to get ahead.
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Naught for Nothing - Single Review: Lucid
28 Nov 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
Talent really does shine. I never really thought about it until now but it does.
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Thirty Years Late - Album Review: Fight On
14 Nov 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
In 1967 something happened. There was a shift in peoples mindsets and that resulted in a shift in the musical landscape.
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Vallkyrie - EP Review: Vallkyrie
11 Nov 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
The Goddess Vallkyrie has spoken. She is looking for warriors, people who dare to be different, who want to alter perceptions and stereotypes.
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Gig Review: The Dillinger Escape Plan @ Kings Arms, Auckland - 25/10/2017
28 Oct 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
There is a real air of anticipation around this gig. The last time The Dillinger Escape Plan played the Kings Arms back in 2015 still has people sharing stories of what it was like to be there and tonight is the last time New Zealand gets to see one of the most innovative and progressive bands of the last 20 years.
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Gig Review: The DMA's @ Tuning Fork, Auckland - 20/10/2017
21 Oct 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
This is my first time at Tuning fork and the smallish room is filling up nicely as we arrive early to catch local band Yukon Era before Aussie headliners The DMA's.I had heard good things about Yukon Era but wasn't sure what to expect.
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Hybrid Rose - EP Review: Cherry
19 Oct 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
I have always struggled with instrumental music, be it electronica or the rock soundscapes generated by Mogwai. I can listen and enjoy certain tracks but over an album, I tend to miss the dynamic of a vocal.
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Julia Deans - Single Review: Walking in the Sun
18 Oct 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
Julia Deans is one of those iconic Kiwi artists who just seems to effortlessly create a beautiful noise. This new release, her first as a solo artist since 2010 is taken from her forthcoming album We Light Fire.
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Killing Bear - Single Review: Milk and Cookies
08 Oct 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
For me, Wellington will always have a higher ratio of interesting bands compared to Auckland, despite Auckland having one million more people wandering around (well sat in cars, looking at phones). Wellington band Killing Bear are proof of that.
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Play Big - Single Review: Imbecile
08 Oct 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
Play Big are ANGRY. There's nothing wrong with that, in fact, we need more angry people in the world right now.
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Dave Dobbyn - Single Review: Nau Mai Ra (Welcome Home)
26 Sep 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
When the opportunity to review this single came up I almost passed it by. This wasn't about discovering a new song (or so I thought).
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Gig Review: The Others Way Festival 2017 @ K.Rd, Auckland - 01/09/2017
06 Sep 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
If you live in Auckland you can "pay 1.5 for a shitty house on a shitty street" and you can also go to one of the coolest festivals to appear in recent years.
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Kimbra - Gig Review: Kimbra @ Town Hall, Auckland - 31/08/2017
05 Sep 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
I have been struggling to write this review. Much like I have been struggling to put my thoughts together around this gig by one of NZ's most successful and respected artists.
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Dreams Are Like Water - EP Review: A Sea-Spell
04 Sep 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
Growing up in the UK in the eighties I was massively influenced by bands like The Mission, Fields of the Nephilim, Sisters of Mercy and The Cure. I loved the atmospherics, the darkness and also the energy of bands like The Mission.
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Cairo Knife Fight - Single Review: A-Eight
29 Aug 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
Wow, seriously just wow! Cairo Knife Fight have done it again and released a piece of art that hits the soul, mind and makes your heart beat a little faster.
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Broken Season - Single/Video Review: Amandla (Lyric Video)
06 Aug 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
Music can be anything you want it to be. It can be throw away, whimsical, abrasive, calming and you can choose music to suit your mood or change your mood because music connects on an emotional level.
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Gig Review: Queens Of The Stone Age @ Logan Campbell, Auckland - 13/07/17
15 Jul 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
It's somewhere back in the late Nineties and I am in Rock City, Nottingham UK. There is a band on in the small bar downstairs I hadn't heard of them but they had a cool name and the singer just had something going on.
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Animal Party - EP Review: Drifting
01 Jul 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
Good music takes you somewhere else. It makes your mind wander, changes your mood, makes you feel something.
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Curlys Jewels - Gig Review: Curlys Jewels @ Backbeat, Auckland - 24/06/17
29 Jun 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
First off I just want to say Backbeat is a great venue, just the right size and always a decent sound. I arrived to catch the last three songs from openers Average Mars Experience as I didn't know they were on the bill.
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Skinny Hobos - Single/Video Review: Suburban Living
24 Jun 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
I have never had much time for religion. You know, if you believe in God then by the same logic you might believe in Santa Clause or Fairies.
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Ebola Babies - Album Review: Ebola Babies
30 May 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
I was really looking forward to this album. I love punk and with a name like EbolaBabies, it was pretty clear that this set of songs should be right up my street.
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Curlys Jewels - EP Review: The Skin We Shed
08 May 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
I had heard good things about Curly Jewels from gigs they have played up and done the country and even though I knew nothing about them I had an impression in my mind of a hard hitting heavy rock outfit who put on a great show. So the opening track Internal Cinderella didn't disappoint, it kicks in with a driving riff and the production is great.
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Jon Toogood - Gig Review: Jon Toogood @ The Kings Arms, Auckland - 29/04/17
01 May 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
Tonight was always going to be special. There are few NZ performers with a legacy like Jon Toogood.
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Naught for Nothing - Album Review: Naught For Nothing
16 Mar 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
Every now and then a band seems to come out of the blue and you just wonder where they have been hiding and what they have been doing to get so damn good.  Naught For Nothing formed in 2015 and are based in Northcote.
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Play Big - EP Review: Fuck Work
05 Feb 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
When I first heard the name Play Big it reminded me of those T-Shirts Wham used to wear in the eighties with CHOOSE LIFE emblazoned on them. That image was blown away by the opening riff on Fuck Work which hit harder than Joseph Parker when he hasn't been eating too many Burger Kings.
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The Naked And Famous - The Naked And Famous @ Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland - 10/01/17
23 Jan 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
These radio promo gigs are a strange thing. I have been to a few now and like a good portion of the people tonight, I am not here necessarily as a fan of the band.
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Will Saunders - EP Review: Nothing Wrong
01 Jan 2017 // review by Paul Goddard
I am on a train journey into Auckland today with Will Saunders' (from The Lowest Fidelity) latest collection of songs as co-passenger. Pulling out of Papakura and the first track, Nothing Wrong, has a drum beat to match the rhythm of the train on the track.
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Fallstate - EP Review: Friends
14 Dec 2016 // review by Paul Goddard
I played this new EP from Fallstate once and the sticky bugger got stuck in my brain instantly. I tried to wash it out with copious amounts of alcohol.
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Cheshire Grimm - Gig Review: Cheshire Grimm @ Backbeat, Auckland - 2/12/2016
11 Dec 2016 // review by Paul Goddard
There was always going to be a good crowd at this Cheshire Grimm single release party with support from Skinny Hobos, Armed in Advance and She Loves You. The room is already nearly full as She Loves You take the stage.
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Bleeders - Gig Review: Bleeders @ The Kings Arms, Auckland - 25/11/2016
28 Nov 2016 // review by Paul Goddard
There is a buzz around tonight's gig. An energy that I can feel when I walk into the Kings Arms.
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The Recently Deceived - EP Review: Use Your Head
21 Nov 2016 // review by Paul Goddard
I have fond memories of Hamilton, having lived there for a few years and hosting a show on the now defunct Backbeat FM. Some people might knock the Tron but throughout the world cities like this, places that people drive through to get somewhere else, constantly throw up great bands.
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Mitch Alderlieste - EP Review: City Calling
27 Oct 2016 // review by Paul Goddard
I am sitting in a motel in Los Angeles at the moment. It's hot outside and relaxing with a rather strong craft beer seems the perfect time to sit back and check out the latest release from Wellington based Mitch Alderlieste.
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Jake Stokes - EP Review: Before We're All Dead
11 Oct 2016 // review by Paul Goddard
The thing that strikes me when listening to the tracks on Before We're All Dead is that Jake Stokes is seriously talented. The opening track Classifieds starts as a kind of indie anthem and you can tell Jake has bought some of his influences over from the UK.
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Gig Review: Collins Class @ Kings Arms, Auckland - 23/09/16
11 Oct 2016 // review by Paul Goddard
I arrived early at the Kings Arms to find a decent crowd building. I hadn't heard much about Aussie band Collins Class.
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Barracks - EP Review: Lovestay
15 Sep 2016 // review by Paul Goddard
What a week! I just found out Refused are playing at Laneway and then this lands on my lap, well laptop.
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The Hollow Men - Album Review: Shatter the Bones
05 Sep 2016 // review by Paul Goddard
Apparently, this album was tracked in 24 hours and the result is an energy soaked powerhouse of punk n roll which reflects the pedigree of this Waiheke based band who recently supported The Ruts DC. Guitarist Brendan Mooney has a long musical history in the UK playing with various artists including Dave Vanian and the Phantom Chords  who were signed to Polydor.
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Eva Prowse - Album Review: Humid Nights
26 Aug 2016 // review by Paul Goddard
I first came across Eva Prowse when watching Fly My Pretties, but I haven’t heard her first album I Can’t Keep Secrets, so didn’t know what to expect with this latest release. The first thing that really stands out about Humid Nightsare the song arrangements.
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