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Newsletter Issue #105: 02 Jul 2006

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Featured Editorial

Hey folks! I’m a kiwi currently working and studying in Austria, and had the pleasure of attending a Concord Dawn gig in ‘Linz’ recently – and I felt like sharing my toys. Sir Matt Harvey was accompanied by the insatiably talented MC Low Qui (UK), who was absolutely spitting the roof of the joint. The night’s entertainment also included another Austrian MC (unknown) trying all night to get the mic off Low Qui to add his own flavour, failing miserably time and time again. Soon enough the Austrian MC was starting to fight others on-stage, much to our amusement and fascination.

Violence aside, the crowd was very responsive as Matt unleashed beat after beat, much of it new goods, but also included cult classics such as a delightful ‘Morning Light’ mash-up.  Of course as us kiwis do overseas (and at home) – we we’re representing up the front, breaking our necks for a solid 4 hour set. You’ve just got love seeing kiwi musicians rocking, ripping and rampaging overseas…hot diggity, it brings a tear to ones eye.

Well that’s about all from this guy, oh one more thing – I must mention I’m eagerly anticipating the new album from NZ rockers 'The Have', due out in the next few months I believe. I was in Auckland late last year at their home and was privileged enough to hear a few tracks in production. Now I am a dash biased I must admit, but it was a distinctively new sound for them I believe – and personally I think it’s going to thrash a few eardrums in the near future…respect muzic.net.nz!

‘Dirty Designer Greg’

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5Star Fallout

Who are your favourite NZ bands and artists?

Quarter2, Stylus, Steriogram, 48May, Goodnight Nurse, Shihad

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Stellar bar - Masterton

What is the best thing about being in 5star Fallout?

Having just been on tour for the last 6 weeks, having fun and learning alot. 

What is the best live gig you have ever been to?

The Edge party in the park, one of our first gigs it was very memorable and we drunk all of 'Steriograms' ryder but they assure there still our friends.

Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

Hopefully overseas touring.

How do you keep in contact with your fans?

Myspace and through touring and live shows.

What rumour would you like to start about yourselves?

That Michael was never on idol it was just figment of your imagination, and Jessica Alba is our flatmate.

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?

We are aspiring musicians so please give us some advice, but for people starting bands just have fun with the music.

5Star Fallout only formed recently and although the band members are only young, they command an awesome stage presence and are definitely worth seeing live. For more information and details of upcoming shows, check them out on muzic.net.nz!


Who are your favourite NZ bands and artists?

Jakob, Dimmer/Straitjacket Fits, The Phoenix Foundation

What is your favourite NZ venue?

The Opera House, Wellington

What is the best thing about being in Gramsci?

The freedom to explore songs without adhering to genres.

What is the best live gig you have ever been to?

Not the one I expected it to be - Portishead at the North Shore Events Centre - shouldn't have worked but it blew me away.

Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

Continuing to make music with friends and moving closer to the sound in my head...

How do you keep in contact with your fans?

Generally on various back alleys of the internet

What rumour would you like to start about yourselves?

That we are currently in negotiations with George Lucas to rescore the Star Wars films.

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?

Don't think of the beat in a bar as a dot to land on, but as a circle to land in.

Gramsci features the outstanding vocals of Paul McLaney and the latest album 'Like Stray Voltage' is out now. For more information, take a look at their artist page on muzic.net.nz.

Crash Test For Favourite Things

Crash Test for Favourite Things formed in 2004 by mikey and jono and the pair began bashing away at would later become the first few crash-test songs. There were some good, and some bad and some downright embarrassing ideas but the pair knew they wanted to form a band. A real band. A search was put out and after moments of listening to 'second applicant and bass-audition extraordinaire' Tony Swift, Mikey and Jono knew that it was love at first hear.

Crash Test's sound is influenced by many styles and genres, leaving them sounding vaguely familiar yet managing to avoid direct comparison to one style or one band. This evasive style is encouraged by the members' vastly different personal tastes in music, each constantly trying to convert the others to listen to their choices but having little or no luck.

The band began gigging in May 2005 and has continued to consistently do so since that time. The trilogy have worked hard on their live performance and have developed their live show into an entertaining spectrum of ear candy and seamless blends of songs meeting other songs in mid-air to form a pleasurable yet thought provoking experience for them and their audience.

What's in a name?

As for their mouth and a half full serving of a band name? Well it certainly does leave the mouth wondering what the hell kind of a sentence it just spoke and the brain left trying to grapple with the concept of remembering more than two words at a time...

For more information on the band, you can check them out on muzic.net.nz!

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Brutally Frank - Live at The Dogs Bollix (Auckland)

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