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Newsletter Issue #194: 03 Aug 2008

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5th Threat

Thanks to Rahhpz for these answers:

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

It would be a toss up between opening for The Bouncing Souls or The UK Subs. But I'd have to say our 8 Killer Years show, as it was more personal and gathered a huge amount of support from the people who have come into contact with the 5th Threat sound and crew over the years. Needless to say the show was wild.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Soundwise we would have to roll with The Kings Arms or Thirsty Dog as their set ups are so good. Thirsty Dog is a lot more intimate compared to The Kings Arms but the craziness factor has got to go to the PR Bar. It's so small and things always seem to be on the edge of chaos, with crowds surging forward onto the stage and people spilling out on to the streets. It's always fun there.

What can we expect to see from 5th Threat over the next year?

We're headed on a NZ tour in August with Not OK, This tour is going to be RAD as hell!! After the tour we will be releasing our first video in October... We've been beating on a shit load of new tracks for a while now, so we will be hitting the studio next year followed by an Australian tour which is in the pipe works.

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

House of Capricorn. These guys have got so much soul. its so primeval and hypnotic you cant just listen to them... you have to experience it.

If you could, what rumour would you start about 5th Threat?

Truth is the name came about in response to a school room being blown to bits and a list of likely culprits, a year later there was the great fire which destoryed a library.

We were raised by wolves until the tender age of ten and we are actually a rare breed of monsters.

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

Too many people quit before their true potentential is realised. I've seen many of what I considered to be good bands, with huge potential, crumble before they became great because of this, you have to endure man.

5th Threat is Rahhpz (vocals, guitar), Matt (guitar, vocals), Josh (bass, vocals) and Chris (drums).

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The Symphony of Screams

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

Rock2Wgtn, earlier this year, supporting Ozzy Osbourne, and Kiss.
Playing to over 40,000 people …what an experience… It's the gig that launched us!

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Bar Bodega in Wellington. Fantastic room, great atmosphere, and the venue puts a lot of work into promoting the gig. Also, good green room, and the bands are brilliantly looked after.

What can we expect to see from The Symphony of Screams over the next year? 

More gigs, another tour in summer, release of our next single and video in October (Hand of Power) and we've already started recording the next album, which should be ready for end of Summer.

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

Kelamist! Another North Shore Band, punk influences great guitar riffs and catchy lyrics. We've done a couple of gigs with them, and love em.

If you could, what rumour would you start about The Symphony of Screams? 

'The Symphony of Screams', will be the band to watch.. The biggest musical export from NZ of all time. December we are being broken in Asia.. then the world!

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

Hard work pays off. If you're serious about your art, Be prepared to put in the work. Be as self sufficient as possible. Have a product, i.e. album and or Video if you want to be taken seriously.. then promote the hell out of your selves…gig everywhere, and build up a local following….. then pray to what ever twisted gods you believe in!

The Symphony of Screams (are generally very disturbed): Russell Hansen (lead vocals, guitar), Karl Moore (bass, guitar, backing vocals), TeMatera Smith (vocals, guitar) and Bones Coney (drums, backing vocals).

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NZ Music News

Southern Amp 2008 Line-up Announcements!

Southern Amp shifts up a gear for 2008… The third staging of the South Island’s biggest music festival takes place on Sunday 9th November at Westpac Arena Festival Park in Christchurch from 12.30pm. Southern Amp is bringing in more international acts than ever before and each of the 3 stages this year will be completely UNDERCOVER making the event a ‘weather-free’ festival with a strictly limited capacity!

The festival site is being specially designed and will be built around the existing Westpac Arena to comprise 3 fully-covered live music stages, more great thrill rides, a separate buskers’ stage, market stalls, loads of other stuff to do and plenty of bars & food outlets. Southern Amp 2008 is R15 restricted and will be held once again at the start of NZ Cup & Show Week, the busiest week on the Canterbury calendar.

The Main Stage will be inside the Westpac Arena with a mix of International, Australian & NZ rock acts; the Ministry Of Sound Stage will be in a huge mega-marquee outside the Arena featuring the best of Australasia’s current dance talent and a third NZ Music Stage in a big top circus tent will be presenting some of NZ & Christchurch’s best live bands.

Southern Amp Line-up:

Seether, The Dandy Warhols, The Living End, The Potbelleez, Gyroscope, Testament, Tiki Taane, Fur Patrol, Little Bushman, Dimmer, Luck, Concord Dawn, Die! Die! Die!, Pitch Black, State Of Mind, Goodnight Nurse, Autozamm, The Exiles, Goodwill, Midnight Youth, The Aston Shuffle, Tiger Tones, The Valves and Tainted.

Muzic.net.nz's Southern Amp Feature, with all the details:

Bigger. Better. Louder. Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards invades Vector Arena

Listen up: The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards is coming to the Vector Arena.

Now there’s room for thousands more music fans, a designated mosh pit, a bigger stage for bigger bands and the best of the best in New Zealand music.

So scribble down October 8 right now to be part of the biggest night on the Kiwi music calendar.

RIANZ chief executive Campbell Smith says it’s time to turn it up a notch.

“We’ve been celebrating the finest Kiwi music for the past 43 years – but this year will be the biggest and best production by a mile. I can promise it’s going to be an electrifying experience.

“In recent years the awards have evolved from an industry-only event to one that attracts thousands of people star-watching on the red carpet, and a massive audience for a live TV broadcast on C4.

“Now, with a premium venue like Vector, and the support of naming rights sponsor Vodafone, we have the space to throw open the doors and more music fans than ever can be part of the action.”

Full Article

Salmonella Dub & NSZO Live Album

Live album: Feel The Seasons Change

In February of this year, Salmonella Dub and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra united for the 'Feel The Seasons Change' tour, with shows performed in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Nelson. This tour will now be immortalised through the release of a live album in September.

'Feel The Seasons Change' combines Salmonella Dub’s contemporary music and production values with Te Reo Maori, the ancient arts of taonga puoro (traditional Maori instruments), and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s classical tradition.

Full Article

Site of the moment: 2008 Vodafone NZ Music Awards

Vodafone have taken the extra step of supporting the music awards this year by launching a website dedicated to the NZ music awards. Vote in the People's Choice Awards, add posts to their forums and win prizes.

Vodafone 2008 NZ Music Awards Website
Official RIANZ 2008 NZ Music Awards Website

Muzic.net.nz News

New Artists

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

Gin Wigmore


29 Blackbirds


Boh Runga

The Valves

Johnny Barker

Annabel Fay



Over The Atlantic

Sweet & Irie

The Transistors

Second Gear Grind

Sandra Bell

Midnite Elevator

The Kleptics

The Midnight Blues Band


The Fea Street Hustle

Dying Of The Light

Anno Domini Mortus


Congratulations to the following winners:

- Hit Your Head Prize Pack 1 (albums from Gertie and Servo) - T. Donnelly, Hamilton
- Hit Your Head Prize Pack 2 (albums from Tempo38) - I. Barratt, Waihi
- Hit Your Head Prize Pack 3 (albums from Angel Hammer) - H. Edwards, Tokoroa
- Double Pass to Devil's Elbow gig in Napier - S. Tomlinson, Taupo

Don't miss out on your chance to win the following prizes:

Hit Your Head Prize Pack:
Flip Your Lid compilation and the Secluded By Right EP

EarBuddies is all about providing people who listen to loud music with affordable, good quality earplugs that don't muffle or affect the quality of sound they're hearing, but that will still protect their hearing from damage.

Enter to win some EarBuddies today!

After a 5 year hiatus, Pacific Heights returns with an eagerly awaited second album, 'In A Quiet Storm'. Pacific Heights is the solo project of Devin Abrams (Shapeshifter).

Enter for your chance to win a copy!

The Fea Street Hustle finally got their EP out! The Hustle aim to make music which is fun, energetic, creative, and progressive while staying true to its country roots.

Win yourself a free copy!

New Reviews

- Cripple Mr Onion - 'Antigravity' - album review
- Just One Fix - 'The Price Of $ellvation' - album review

Gig Features

Check out these gig features:

We have space available in our August newsletters (17th and 31st), so if you are a NZ musician or in a band and would like to promote your music this winter by featuring in this newsletter, please email Lisa. We can also feature NZ music websites, venues and record companies.

If you would like to advertise your next album release or tour in our newsletter and/or gig mail out email Adam.


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