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Newsletter Issue #188: 22 Jun 2008

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Miscreant is a four-piece rock band based in Auckland. After spending six months sweating it out in Studio 203, with acclaimed producer Andrew Buckton, the boys are now ready to launch into the NZ music scene with the release of their Debut Album ‘Complicated Characters’.
The boys have just finished filming the video for their first single off the new album ‘Fight for Me’, and are throwing a kickass release party on Friday  the 18th of July @ 420 on K Road.

Miscreant have played at just about every gutter, bar and dingy lounge in and around Auckland to fine tune their rock and have now evolved into one of the countries finest up and coming rock bands. The boys are bringing their tight and catchy tunes and solid live rock performances to you this year with a heap of shows in support of the debut album, due to be released September 2008. Here are their answers to our questions:

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

One show we did on a thursday night at R'toto's in Takapuna will always stick in my head.. we had 300 drunk people going nuts dancing and moshing at a venue that is by no means a rock venue.. the owner pulled the plug half way through the 3rd set as things were getting a bit rowdy!
What is your favourite NZ venue?
The Studio because it's got a great setup
What can we expect to see from Miscreant over the next year?
The Album release, more videos/singles and a nationwide tour!
What other NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?
Tahuna Breaks, These Four Walls, The Midnight Youth, Bruce Conlon (ex lead singer of Eight) who's now gone solo, blew me away with one of his recent NZ shows.
If you could, what rumour would you start about yourselves?
That we could be heading to the South Island and Wellington for a few shows before the end of the year...
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?

Stay positive, never give up, and if it's not fun anymore, stop!

Miscreant is Chris (vocals), Dave (guitar), Damo (drums) and Laz (bass).

Website Links:

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


The Situations

of "a reflex high shot or a cultured cover drive"

"il soro sound e soprendente come i rimbalzi del pallone da rugby."

The Situations all got together at school in 2002 evolving from a small-time posse in Rosehill, South Auckland. Thanks to some well-placed blind eyes, The Situations scored a bunch of gear on long term loan from their school. Glen was the only one of them who was even in the department, and with a hefty 32% in School Certificate, it could be argued that the gear was the entire motivation behind his enrolling in the first place. Not the music didn't course through him, I mean, he had just started one of the best pop-rock bands to never be allowed to surface during the dub years of the early-mid 2000's, but who finally got their act sorted enough, and some slight recognition of their existence, in the post-A LOW HUM universe in 2006 with their infectious single 'Sister' getting b-net airplay and hype for their 2006 album Situations Get the Basics.

New Zealand just isn't enough, and The Situations have toured Australia with the White Stripes, released their debut album in Europe and have just returned to Aotearoa after playing outstanding shows across Europe, taking in, England, Germany, Holland, Belgium, and Italy, totalling 25 shows in 23 days. They will return to Europe later in 2008/early 2009, taking their second album back to European fans, this time including France, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and Poland. And in the middle of all of this they find time to be the hand-picked band for one-time Dunedin resident and crazed pop genius Bob Cardy's Shaft project, as well as backing New Zealand Rock n Roll legend Ray Columbus at the Wild Things show late last year, and in support of the Dirtbombs in '08. With album number two on the way the boys are touring New Zealand through July before coming back to South Auckland to wrap things up, get the new record out and head back to Europe.

The Situations are Samuel Kett (bass, vocals), Stu Kett (drums, vocals), Brad Walkington (guitar) and Glen Casey (guitar, keys, vocals).

Website Links:

Muzic.net.nz Profile
Official Website
MySpace Profile



NZ Music News

IMNZ April/May News

IMNZ is gearing up for a very exciting international event: Independents Day 2008. This is a worldwide celebration of independent music running from Friday July 4 to Sunday July 6 – and it starts in New Zealand! There will be an international auction of music memorabilia; IMNZ will be releasing a digital album of great local and international independent music; and we will be revealing to you the Top Ten NZ independent albums of all time (well, since IMNZ started in 2008 anyway). Also this month the IMNZ family continues to grow, we have three new members aboard this month – a big hello to Silverwood Studios, DRM and Oikos Music.

For this and more IMNZ news click here

Outward Sound Recipients Round Two 2008

Outward Sound is pleased to announce the second round of grant recipients for 2008.

Phase Two grants, providing the opportunity for in-market performances and related business development, were awarded to The Black Seeds (to promote the release of their album 'Solid Ground' in the UK and Europe), Kora (to promote the release of their self titled debut album in the UK), and Steriogram (to promote the release of their album 'This Is Not The Target Market' in Germany).

Phase One in-market touring and scoping grants were awarded to Collapsing Cities (to promote themselves through a showcase tour in the UK), Scribe (to further capitalise on opportunities in the US including recording with Wyclef Jean and Trouble), Monkey Records (to attend Popkomm), Spacifix (for manager to attend GMA music fair and the band to undertake promotional activity in the UK), Lawrence Arabia (to tour UK/Europe with Feist) and Elizabeth Marvelly ( for developing new album for EMI Classics in London).

Applications for the next round of Outward Sound grants close on July 28th at 5pm.

Important Up and Coming Dates

NZ On Air Deadlines:

Application Deadlines (for everything except New Recordings) - 4 July
New Recordings - 11 July

Outward Sound Deadline:

28 July

APRA/AMCOS Deadline:

Live and Jingle forms due - 31 July


Muzic.net.nz News

New Artists

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

The Wicks




Black Dahlia


Andy Lovegrove




Congratulations to the following winners:

Bulletproof - 'Dark Times Desperate Measures' album:

- L. Fitzmaurice, Te Aro

The Shrugs - 'How To Knit A Pony' album:

- L. Davey, Dunedin

Thought Creature - Tickets:

- C. Bellamy, Hamilton
- Z. Pepper, Hamilton
- E. Hills, Wellington
- B. Taua, Auckland
- L. Thomas, Auckland

The Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band - 'Danse Macabre' EP:

- E. Lessiter, Whitianga

The Hot Grits - 'It's Too Drunk To Be This Early' album:

- M. Storey, Auckland

Monkey Magic 2 Compilation:

M. Steele, Wellington

Enter these competitions today for your chance to win more prizes:

The Symphony of Screams - 'Heed To The Voices'

We are giving away 3 Hit Your Head Prize Packs:
19 July - albums from Servo and Gertie
26 July - Tempo 38 Prize Pack including their split CD with Australian's Provoke
2 August - Angel Hammer Prize Pack

New Review

Anna Coddington - 'The Lake - album review.

Tour Features

Check out the following tour features:

We still have spaces available newsletters for July and August, so if you are a NZ musician or in a band 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.

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