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Newsletter Issue #101: 04 Jun 2006

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Guest Editorial

Hello, my name is Dylan. I play with a band called Orkid. We began in '98, we have been in Christchurch since 2000. This is just a wee rant about the bands in Christchurch who have infuenced and enhanced my time here.

Fuce, who are now Gasoline Cowboy, were/are one of my favorites. Powerful singing and awe inspiring guitar work, tight rhythm section and sick humour. Songs which you could sing or listen to for days and not get sick of them. From my point of view and many others I've talked to they had it all ready to go and could have established themselves amongst any of todays "great" acts, except the members themselves thought they sucked, a common mistake made by many musicians I've found.

Mountains of Murray were another band I adored, their music was intense and tight but again the humour shone through I would go to their shows and get loooooooooose, dance my ass off with out a care in the world, something I always look to do. If any one them are reading this or some one who knows them tell them to get back together as they were just before their time and people will "get it now".

Degrees K were our awesome Soul brothers, we would play together a lot and support each others bands whenever possible. Their music still makes me swoon like a woman in love and dance alone in my lounge.

Another great thing about having all these bands around was it got us all of our ass and inspired us to be better musicians, something which I havent seen in Christchurch for while.

Is it style over substance now?

I know these days I hear about a band and see their photos before I hear their music unless it's on MySpace lol

I'm just surprised there aren't more bands like these to be found in Christchurch. Bands who don't follow a trend or fad who just play music for the sake of playing music and strive to at least break a little new ground for the audience and those musicians still to come.

Orkid is one of the last of these type of bands still based in Christchurch. We've had our moments of almost breaking up and still argue and sulk over stupid things and think we suck, but our music's evolving and getting better and really thats all that matters in the end.

Thanks to Dylan from Orkid for the awesome write-up on music in Christchurch. You can find out more about Orkid below.

Last issue's guest editorial reported some information that wasn't 100% accurate, so to clear the air for the nice folks at KiwiFM, we've put together a special section on the muzic.net.nz website for them. This will help explain where the Kiwi network is heading, and hopefully dispell any rumours. You'll find more information here.

It's an unfortunate thing when things like this happen, but we'd just like to remind anyone reading our newsletters that the views expressed in our guest editorials is not necessarily the same views as expressed by muzic.net.nz. That said, if you strongly diagree with any factual information reported, please be sure to let us know, so that we can set the record straight!


Who are your favourite NZ bands and artists?
Kora/Fuce/Mountains of Murry/Fat freddys drop/Greg Malcom/DegreesK/sifty chris and the gladeyes/Split Enz/etc etc

What is your favourite NZ venue?
Mussel Inn Takaka

What is the best live gig you have ever been to?
David Byrne w/Tosca Strings Orchestra

Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?
playing music playing it to people same as it ever was lol

How do you keep in contact with your fans?
Live and thru the internet www.myspace.com/orkidmusic

What rumour would you like to start about yourselves?
That our sound really does represent the Universe and the Divine

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Make sure music is what you want/should be doing, love and explore it to the full other wise your wasting your life :)

For more information on Orkid, check them out on muzic.net.nz.

The Mint Chicks

Who are your favourite NZ bands and artists?

I've always really loved This Night Creeps. I also really like Missing Teeth, the D4, the Datsuns, Fever Lake, Army of Darkness, the Shaky Hands, So So Modern, the Checks, White Birds and Lemons, the Vacants, Sunny Tokyo, the Rock n Roll Machine, Disasterradio, Malenky Robot, 1000, and a whole lot more I can't think of right now.

What is your favourite NZ venue?
At the moment I'm enjoying the Castle in Hamilton, but over-all I think the Wunderbar in Lyttleton is one of the coolest venues in the world.
What is the best thing about being in The Mint Chicks?
It seems like we've earned the right to do whatever we want and still have a reasonable profile at the same time.
What is the best live gig you have ever been to?
Iggy and the Stooges, BDO this year.
Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?
working hard and making money with no day job.

How do you keep in contact with your fans?
mostly through themintchicks.com and myspace. The usual I suppose. I have a pretty close relationship with a lot of our fans, some of them just become mates so it's nice to have pen pals. 

What rumour would you like to start about yourselves?
I've heard them all. The truth is way more crazy than anything I could up with.

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
If you're a musician, than make music.

To find out more, check out their profile on muzic.net.nz.

What's New!

New Artists

The following new artists were added the to site over the past two weeks:

Quickfall Gorehouse
The Mud Babies Winter Deluge
Napalm Sauna William Fairbairn
Room Noir Nine Signals
Bo & Bodhi ProdiKal Son


Check out the following reviews:

Louie Knuxx - Review of his album, 'Wasted Youth'
Juse - Review of his album, 'Global Casino'
Quarter 2 - Review of their gig in Palmy
5star Fallout - Review of their gig in Palmy
Recliner - Review of their album, 'Rest Room'

Also, check out the awesome interview we did with Blindspott last week!

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