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Newsletter Issue #298: 15 Aug 2010

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El Schlong

El Schlong moved to London in August 2008 and have been living and gigging there ever since. Because London is so huge and there is so much going on here, it took a while to find the sort of music we were into. In fact, it took longer to find the scenes than break into them, mainly because London has no definitive underground gig guide, and there is only so much MySpace trawling for good bands you can stand. 

We have seen and played with a large number of great bands here, and have met some wicked people. It will actually be very sad to move on. We are having a big going away gig at the end of July with all of our favourite London bands, and there is a fair bit of excitement over it. It may prove to be carnage. We are taking a leaf out of Beyonce’s book and have three outfit changes for the night...

We will be coming home to NZ to record our next album at the start of August and will be playing three gigs while we are home (and one in Melbourne). The new album is shaping up to be completely different from what we have done previously, and it is quite a progression from 'The Baddies Are Coming'. 

After recording will be moving to Berlin, Germany and wont be back again for another couple of years, so come along to one of the gigs if you can make it – can’t wait to catch up with everyone. We are as yet undecided about where we will go after Berlin. We only ever planned as far as here, but we are tentatively thinking Stockholm? We are basically on the slowest world tour ever.

Auckland - Saturday 21st August @ The Dogs Bollix with Cripple Mr Onion & Resporn
Wellington – Saturday 4th September @ Medusa with No Love Lost, Elephant of the Ocean & Kobosh
Dunedin – Friday 10th September @ Refuel with Black Mesa, Soulseller and Ignite The Helix

All gigs are $5 and the first band starts at 10pm sharp

El Schlong is Nick Baldwin (bass, vocals), Leah Hinton (guitar, vocals) and Jordan Tredray (drums, vocals).

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Cage Demise

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

Play more gigs covering more NZ soil, an album release plus even more heavier songs.

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

Get out there, make some original stuff, play as many shows as you can, and promote heavy metal!

Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands, and why?

Paul Martin - The Axeman has done more for NZ metal than any other man! A great guy and an ever better guitarist! Hails 8 Foot Sativa -  A band full of talented musos over the years. Gary is a great friend and Musician I (Jamie) look up too.

Wrath - 10 year veterans of metal from the Naki. Great guys to party with and always put on the best show!

What will Cage Demise’s next release be?

Our high impact 11 track album being mixed and mastered at present.

How do you come up with your lyrics?

Ryan: Through actual events and things that actually happen... I'm not singing about my feelings, that's bloody ridiculous!

Who would you most like to support live?

Parkway Drive (Ryan) , Lamb Of God (Matt), Lamb Of God or Slayer (Jamie), Macabre or Wardulak (Damo) 

How do you describe Cage Demise’s music?

Brutal, Powerful, Loud and Heavy 

What is your favourite NZ venue?

The Basement Bar - New Plymouth - Always a wicked show! Even took a 50 Person party bus there from Palmy!

What is the best part of being a musician?

The crowd getting a hit off your music and generally just having fun.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

Ryan:  I went for a piss and dribbled some piss over my pants just before we were about to get on stage

Jamie:  Amps failing on me and not being able to play my gat at all well

What inspired you to start Cage Demise?

We couldn't find a drummer to jam with and just started hanging out as mates creating a few rifts, then it hit overdrive.

How did you come up with the name Cage Demise?

Matt: Its spawned from our oldest song Rudi's Demise which has been around before the band had even formed.

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

Project Hope fundraiser in Paraparaumu, it went off! Plus free food and beer all night! Not to mention raising funds for a great cause!

How do you keep in contact with your fans?

MySpace, Facebook, Email etc and play a heap of shows!!!!!!

What rumour would you like to start about Cage Demise?

When we were recording our album in a secret Taihape location it is rumored to be believed that we set off the eruption of Mt Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland with our extreme brutality as it happened at exactly the same time!!! Now thats BRUTAL!

Cage Demise is Ryan Cooksley (vocals), Jamie Baty (guitars), Matt Carkeek (drums) and Damo Farquhar (bass).

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Project: Blood

What can we expect to see from Project: Blood over the next year?

James: More shows, an album or 2 EP's, hopefully a Christmas album, or the recorded live to air set.
Jared: A nude photo shoot. 
Damo: A music video in an R18 fashion.
Rob: Yeah, an EP of some sort.

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

Rob: Be Yourself, fuck trends. 
James: Skip breakfast and steal money from your mum for drugs. 
Jared: Enjoy refreshing time. Whatever you do don't listen to us!
Damo: Play and learn what you're in to.

Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands, and why?

Jared: Alphabethead, he plays the turntables like an instrument and Elephant of the Ocean are stupendous, sort of similar to Fantomas but completely different.
Damo: Elephant of the Ocean, Amachine, Sticky Filth, Turbostill - their stage energy has not been matched by any other NZ band of any genre. 
Rob: Future Stupid - they fuckin groove! Cortina - crazy performances, awesome songs. Jordan Reyne - amazing voice and atmospheres.
James: Dick Dynamite and The Dopplegangers - cos they are just so fuckin cool and they cover 'Pet Semetary' by The Ramones.

How do you come up with your lyrics?

James: Easy, just write songs about movies.

Who would you most like to support live?

Rob: Ummm.... Skinny Puppy? Front Line Assembly? Too many to list.
Jared: Dio or Michael Jackson, but sadly its too late now. 
Damo: Macabre, Pungent Stench, AC/DC, Sisters Of Mercy or Ulver.
James: Blitzkid, American Werewolves, Killing Joke or EHC.

How do you believe Project: Blood fits into the NZ music industry?

Rob: In the bath.
Damo: Independent free thinkers opposing mainstream trends, so we probably don't fit in. Unless you want us to Ppffhhtt we are who we are. 
Jared: I think there's a place for this kind of music. People with all sorts of different musical tastes could find something interesting in it if they have a listen.
James: You should see what it does to the ladies! 
Rob: For people who miss the 90's industrial sound with a spoonful of good fun and cheese when appropriate.

What can you never leave home without?

Damo: House keys, clothes. 
Jared: A can opener for if I get hungry. I always lose stuff anyway so best to just leave it at home.
Rob: Pants, ipod.
James: Chloroform, rag, rope.

How do you describe Project: Blood’s music?

Damo: Industrial metal, sounds to groove to, good riff structures, music with thought. 
Jared: A friend once called it 'evil dance music'. 
Rob: Industrial metal, early to mid 90's sound I guess. 
James: Industrial rock/roll metal. You can dance to it... so dance fucker!

What is the best part of being a musician?

James: People think you are cool and edgy. 
Damo: It's a relaxing release of day to day frustrations. 
Jared: It seems to somehow make you more attractive.
Rob: Creating songs that I want to hear and sometimes having people like them too.

What inspired you to become a start Project: Blood?

James: Appealed to musical goodness, so why not making start a band? Band quite strong. Rob and Skeleton and soon addition for Damo. Making well for some songs. Jared... and then at some shows. Project: Blood, shining happy to all future.

How did you come up with the name Project: Blood?

Rob: I came up with a bunch of names and James choose his favourite. 
James: I picked one I thought was neat.

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

Damo: Project: Blood at Wellington's Medusa. Crowd response for a new band was wicked. 
Jared: Our first Factory show in Palmy was cool. Great crowd response and awesome first gig. 
James: We haven't played much, but Medusa FTW, or maybe our first show at the Factory.
Rob: As above, all had really accepting and excited crowds.

What rumour would you like to start about Project: Blood?

Damo: We all sit around answering questions for an online music site after playing live to air sets for student radio stations.
Rob: That we are good. 
Jared: Our beards and sideburns contain magical powers when you rub them vigorously.
Damo: You will have a mental picture of Project: Blood every time you have a root with your partner. 
James: We have a keyboard player, he is just hiding from you.

Project: Blood are James Skeletor (vocals, samples), J. Rodeo (drums), Damo (bass) and Rob Spleen (guitar, programming, samples, keyboards).

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These Automatic Changers

These Automatic Changers formed in Jan 2010. Featuring members of Payola, Tenement Yard and Orange Can (UK), the band are putting the finishing touches on their debut E.P. 'These Automatic Changers 1'. The sheer brute force of the band’s sound invites comparisons with the high intensity charge of classic sonic blues, leaden rock ’n’ roll, spooked by an altogether more archaic blend of 70's soul. Aimed at audiences seeking something more organic from the current climate of over produced rock n roll it’s described by Cole as "A collision of heart wrenching volume and beautiful maladies”. Labeled a cross between early Led Zep, Prince, Curtis Mayfield and The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to name a few, These Automatic Changers promise blisteringly loud and moving performances when they begin to tour the release very soon.

What can we expect to see from These Automatic Changers over the next year?

The first EP of course. Our intention is a slow build increasing in profile here and abroad.

Preferably an international release and distribution and a foot in this market and other territories.

We are quite concious about everything being done correctly so we wont tour until the live show is the best it can be as it must stand up to international standards and we will be keeping away from playing every little place in the country and concentrating on areas of maximum exposure so the performances really add value for audiences.

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

Learn all aspects of the business and your craft. Understand where the revenue streams are, keep your overheads as low as possible and surround yourself with like minded individuals and dont waste your time with people who dont 'see' your vision

Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands, and why?

Hmm maybe Kora having lived abroad for alot of years thier live show stands up to internationals where a lot of local bands can't. There is a difference to putting on a show versus just doing a gig and this is the entertainment business and they are entertaining.

What will TAC's next release be?

EP 'These Automatic Changers 1'.

How do you believe TAC fits into the NZ music industry?

Again, like a lot of our international counterparts its a question of "what industry?". The business model is evolving and a workable form is yet to be truly established. For us its a case of being the label, the artist, the management and the promotion which is ok and NZ is very small with few real players so I think business-wise we will fit in here quite easily. Its a very 'DIY' nature here,  I don't believe we will be relying on the 'funding cycle" that drives our industry but ultimately our style of music will only truly fit the student network or night time rock radio so we are forced to form alliances outside of NZ in order to survive and that's a good thing

How do you describe TAC's music?

If you are the kind of person who likes references then maybe a cross between Led Zep 1, early Prince, a touch of Curtis Mayfield (Superfly) and perhaps the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. It's guitar driven rock'n'roll, recorded live to tape including all the spill, noise and electricity. Throw in raw blues and a touch of country and voila...

What is the best part of being a musician?

The final mix paying back through large monitorsand satisfied that you created that.

What is in your CD collection at home? 

Alot of Tom Waits, Prince, Bukka White, Son House, early Aerosmith, The Black Keys, The Band, Funkadelic, David Bowie early Ike & Tina Turner, Hendrix, New York Dolls, Howlin Wolf , Seasick Steve, Sex Pistols, Sly Stone etc etc....

What inspired you  start These Automatic Changers?

A need to be creative essentially and a release for that. Beyond this, a desire to pin people to the back-wall with the sheer weight and volume of a Les Paul and twin Fender combo's played in stereo across large PA's. :)

How did you come up with the name These Automatic Changers?

Our bass player Lee read that part of the name was a back up title for Exile on Main-street by The Stones and we added the first word. It has no connotation which means the music speaks for itself. We don't do publicity photos or all the normal web presence stuff in order to maintain a mystique and allow the material to do all the work. The name doesn't lend itself to any particular genre which is perfect. Good rock n roll is as it always was and need not be explained, just heard...

The EP will be available from Bandcamp primarily at the following link. Stay tuned!!! the first single 'How Many Times' can be downloaded for free right now.

Bandcamp   http://theseautomaticchangers.bandcamp.com/track/how-many-times  (Free high quality download)

These Automatic Changers are Solomon Cole (vocals, guitar), Lee Catlin (bass, keyboards, programming) and
Ben Te'evale (drums, percussion).

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Submissions Open For SXSW 2011

For eight years, emerging and major New Zealand contemporary music artists have taken advantage of the world's largest and most prestigious music business event--South by Southwest Music & Media Festival & Conferences in Austin Texas--for global exposure. For the 25th SxSW March 16-20 2011, government export and music industry forces have backed a strategy to expand this country's musical presence by a trade booth and annual showcase party of artists.

The music industry's peak export and development body, New Zealand Music Commission, has been instrumental in the past several years promoting the bands that are selected and the attending businesses including labels, media and managers who participate as delegates. NZMC was the first trade fair stand booked at SxSW for 2011 last week. This year, it's likely that the film and interactive multimedia industries will piggyback on music's successes by participating in the preceding Film and IA Festivals and Conferences March 11-15 which precede SxSW Music.

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The York St Band Experiments 2010

Established in 1999, the Band Experiments has a great reputation for choosing local Waikato bands who have moved on to national success. Previous contenders have been Cornerstone Roots, Katchafire, Stardrunk and Sora Shima, who gained recognition through the competition, starting them on their journey to take New Zealand and the world by storm.

2009 Band Experiments winners Knights of the Dub Table have continued this tradition, going strength-to-strength and gathering many fans along the way. Entering the competition in 2008, they played their first gig during the heats of the competition. They impressed the audience and judges alike, making it through to the finals.

Sir Cypher from Knights of the Dub Table credits the Band Experiments for kick-starting their career. “The response to what we were writing was awesome. That’s really how it started … and then we re-entered in 2009 and won!” (Excerpt – Rockin’ the Tron by Debrin Foxcroft for Nexus Magazine).

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The Black Seeds Announce Remix Competition

The Black Seeds have announced a remix competition where fans get to create their very own Black Seeds remix, with the winning entry featuring on their forthcoming Specials LP! The winning artist will also receive a percentage of profits from sales of their remix.

The Black Seeds Specials is a collection of remixes and versions from the band’s latest album Solid Ground, due for worldwide digital release in September. It features remixes from both local and international artists, as well as unreleased material from the Solid Ground sessions. 

The Black Seeds remix competition entries close 5pm, Mon 30 August. For full information or to get mixing, visit http://www.theblackseeds.com/

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