23 Apr 2024

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Newsletter Issue #177: 13 Apr 2008

Our newsletters are sent out once a fortnight and are displayed here for archival purposes only. Some of the content will be outdated and some layout issues may be present in the translation from email to the web. We recommend that you subscribe to our newsletter for the best results!

Goodnight Nurse

Goodnight Nurse have had a Top 40 single in New Zealand every year since 2004. Their debut album 'Always And Never' debuted at #5 on the NZ charts and went gold in it’s first week. The album included the hit singles 'Loner', 'My Only', 'Death Goes To Disco', 'Our Song' and 'All For You'.

Goodnight Nurse’s MySpace page is the most prolific in the country, with over one million views and over two million song plays to date.

Goodnight Nurse won the 2007 MTV Australia Video Music Award for NZ Viewers Choice. This sits proudly alongside their Juice TV Best Breakthrough Video and Best Rock Video Awards.

Their website won the Hitwise Online Performance Award in 2006 for the most visited Band/Artist website in NZ.

Goodnight Nurse have supported Fall Out Boy, Story Of The Year, and the Living End amongst others, and have played hundreds of shows across New Zealand and Australia.

So, when faced with bass player Paul Taite’s departure in January 2007 - announced the day after playing the Big Day Out main stage for the first time - Joel Little and Jaden Parkes took the opportunity as a catalyst for taking Goodnight Nurse to the next level.

As lead singer and guitarist Joel Little explains:

“It was a really hard time, but in a strange way it was an exciting time too. We didn’t know what was going to happen next, but Jaden and I knew that we wanted to do things bigger and better than before, both in terms of the songs that we wrote and our live show. So it became a challenge to ourselves to prove we could do it, and really push our own boundaries.”

Sam McCarthy joined Goodnight Nurse on guitar from Auckland group CapGunHero, and long time friend Rowan Crowe, who had previously toured the USA as a stage tech on the Vans Warped Tour, joined on bass.

The new Goodnight Nurse gelled instantly. “Before Sam and Rowan joined we’d already demoed a whole album’s worth of material, but with everything they brought to the band - both on stage and in the studio - we found a new sense of enthusiasm and freshness and songs just started pouring out of us. We trashed most of the original demos and just kept writing until we had an album we were all completely proud of. 40 or so demos later we were finally ready.”

In August 2007 the band headed to Melbourne and spent 5 weeks living in each other’s pockets at Birdland Studios with Lindsay Gravina (who’s production credits include Shihad, Thirsty Merc, & The Living End). “Lindsay really encouraged and pushed us to record ‘live’ way more than we ever have done before, not to worry about being too polished, and just cement the sound of the new band live – if it’s warts and all, then whatever…that’s how it should be.”

The album then went to New York to get mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound (who’s credits include mastering for Metallica, My Chemical Romance and Kings Of Leon).
The resulting album - 'Keep Me On Your Side' - fires into action on all cylinders with 'Serpent Queen Pt 2', a song that interlinks the new album with 'All Hail The Serpent Queen Pt 1' from the band’s debut album 'Always And Never'. 'Keep Me On Your Side' also features the anthemic power of first single The Night - celebrating the nocturnal habits of being in a band.

Says Joel: “I’m so proud of the album we’ve made! The final 12 songs came together better than we’d ever hoped. With the bands transformation since we last toured, we’re really now just looking forward to getting out there and playing the songs live, and hopefully spreading some of the incredible energy that the band are feeling right now.”

Goodnight Nurse is Joel Little (vocals, guitar), Rowan Crowe (bass), Jaden Parkes (drums, vocals) and Sam McCarthy (guitar, vocals)

-- Goodnight Nurse's latest offering 'Keep Me On Your Side' is out now, and we have 5 copies to give away!

Website Links:

Muzic.net.nz Profile
Official Website
MySpace Profile
Amplifier Profile

Check out Goodnight Nurse at Vodafone Homegrown.



What is the best gig/event you have ever performed at, and why?

Playing at 35,000ft was better than most 9 to 5's. The flight over to the MTV awards in Sydney. MTV and Air New Zealand put on the meanest show, preshow party courtesy of 42 Below and lots of flash hors-d'oeuvre's, live music, etc etc and then onto the Airbus which was equipped with enough champagne to sink a ship let alone a plane, and then once the plane hit altitude, we played at the front of the plane and strolled back and forth down the aisle. Very up for it audience too...that's gonna be hard to beat.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Maybe the Dux de Lux in Christchurch, Ross has been good to us over the years. Or the Wunderbar in Lyttelton, super cool, seen some very good shows there.

What can we expect to see from the Dukes over the next year?

We'd like to put an album out, play more up north with good bands...

What other NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?

At the NZMM show at Galatos last year, Collapsing Cities were awesome. Great hooks and really danceable rhythms, just real fun, lots of smiles and bad dancing. The Have, so good a band, they're like the most well-oiled Holden or Ford you can think of...they make you play better.

If you could, what rumour would you start about yourselves?

That we're supporting Prince on tour and we're the only band his royal purpleness will go out and see.

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

Ah. Listen to good music. Dig for it.

The Dukes are Matt Barus (vocals, guitar), Jo Barus (bass, vocals), Dan Kennedy (drums), Brad 'The Kid' Banks (guitar) and Lauren Mitchell (keyboards, vocals).

Website Links:

Muzic.net.nz Profile
MySpace Profile
Amplifier Profile




What is the best gig/event you have ever performed at, and why?

Dylan: Concord Dawn at Bar Xcel in Timaru, because it was packed with Campaigners, sound complaints for miles and I got to MC with Tiki.
Ben: Bass Pioneers gig that we hosted in Timaru, because we got to play with a legend in the drum n bass industry, A-Sides, from the Metalheadz crew in the UK. 

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Dylan: Phatclub - Nelson
Ben: The Phat!! Inangahua - West Coast

What can we expect to see from Waxplanet over the next year?

Ben and Dylan: A whole new live set and a new direction.

What other NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?

Dylan: Sandman, because he's got masterpiece tracks galore and keeps it underground.
Ben: Module, because I really like his liquid beats, he's what New Zealand drum and bass about and pretty much all New Zealand music in general, it's all pretty world class stuff.

If you could, what rumour would you start about yourselves?

Dylan: That Waxplanet is going to massacre the crowd at our next gig.......(laughs)
Ben: That we have the meanest, bassiest live show in NZ.

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

Dylan: Keep making sick tunes, keep breaking the rules dont be afraid to scare your audience.....
Ben: Keep at it, keep goin and never give up on something you love to do!

Waxplanet is Dylan 'Waxrola' James (DJ, MC, Producer) and Ben 'DJ Lofreq' Thomas (DJ).

Website Links:

Muzic.net.nz Profile
MySpace Profile



Muzic.net.nz News

New Artists

The following new bands and musicians were added to the muzic.net.nz website recently. Check them out:

Katie Thompson

The Funky Monkeys

An Emerald City

Saving Grace


Karaoke Taxi

Spartacus R

Banda Ritmo Latino


Pirongia Mountain Men


We sent Craig along to the Tour of Dirty in Wellington. You can check out what he had to say here.


The drought is over! After several months with no prizes, we now have some great offerings up on the competitions page:

An Emerald City - 'An Emerald City' EP

Goodnight Nurse - 'Keep Me On Your Side'

Crash Test For Favourite Things - 'We All Want To Be Just Like You' EP

The End For Some...

The Jetset Lounge in Christchurch has closed its doors to live music - their last gig was Sommerset last night (Sat 12 April). El Schlong's gig on 2 May and the Knives At Noon gig on 9 May have now been moved to The Media Club.

One Million Dollars have also decided to call it quits after 7 years of writing, performing and recording together. There is one more chance to see this soul jazz collective live in Auckland.

And not breaking up, but leaving our shores are Redline. Head along to their final gigs in Mt Maunganui or Auckland before they head overseas.


Congratulations goes out to Mike Garner, Radha Sahar, Mahara Tocker, Daniel James Maguire and Hareruia Abraham who all won prizes in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition! Full details are here.

Next Issue

The next issue of this newsletter is going out on 27 April and will feature the Charm School Rejects, Dezmadore and filmmaker Shaun Garea.

If you are a NZ musician and would like to contribute towards our newsletter by writing a guest editorial or by featuring in it, please email Lisa. We can also feature NZ music websites, venues and record companies.

If you would like to advertise in our newsletter and/or gig mail out email Adam.


NZ Top 10 Singles

    Benson Boone
    Teddy Swims
    Noah Kahan
    Future And Metro Boomin feat. Kendrick Lamar
    Sabrina Carpenter
    Ariana Grande
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem