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Newsletter Issue #299: 29 Aug 2010

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Sola Rosa

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

We're looking to release 'Get It Together' in Australia later this year and in the UK/Europe and possibly the US and Japan early 2011 with tours to follow. Also we've begun working on the next album with 20 odd tunes in the bag.

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

I've always believed that musicians that are totally dedicated to what they do don't need any advice. The rest is just experience.

Who would you most like to support live?

Gorillaz would be cool. The we could watch from side of stage.

What is the best part of being a musician?

Making music and playing live.

What is in your CD collection at home?

Too much to mention. Heaps of funk, soul, hip-hop, reggae, jazz, rock etc.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

Back when I was an indie rocker I split my pants onstage.

What is your favourite place in NZ to be?

Waihi Beach.

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

Hard to say really, there's been a few. Most recently Queenstown Winter Festival.

How do you keep in contact with your fans?

Via our mailing list, Facebook, Twitter... and the occasional MySpace contact.

Sola Rosa is
Andrew Spraggon, Will Scott (drums), Matt Short (bass), Ben White (guitar) and Iva Lamkum, Rachel Fraser and Spikey Tee (feat. vocals).

Website Links

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Official Website
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MySpace Page
Facebook Page
Twitter Page

Sola Rosa has released 'Get It Together - The Remixes' and you can read the review here.


Shut The Hell Up!

Shut The Hell Up! have existed for the last 2 years, playing plenty of shows over the North Island. We recently decided to call it quits and move onto different things while we were still at the top of our game.

What can we expect to see from Shut The Hell Up over the next year?

3 final shows then that's it. We will always keep making music, but we have come to the end of this chapter in our lives.

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

Do it because you love doing it. Musicians have 2 types of egos, 1 is: "We are so wicked we won't play small venues and we want lots of money" the other is "We are so wicked we will play anywhere for anything just to prove how wicked we are"
The latter being the type of musicians I'd rather deal with when it comes to being in a band or booking shows with.

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

5th Threat, Dole Day Rage and Black Chrome, just coz they sound so good, and are top blokes too, I'd go into bat for any of them, anyday.

What will Shut The Hell Up’s next release be?

We have just released a live CD called 'Live and Livid'. It's a live album recorded at an all ages show in Palmerston North, its available on CD via our Facebook and MySpace profiles and on iTunes.

How do you come up with your lyrics?

Very quickly and with not much thought. STHU! isn't about agendas or deep feelings, we are a straight up Punk Rock n Roll band, dealing with reality how we see it.

Who would you most like to support live?

We have played with some of my "Punk Rock heroes" such as Peter and the Test Tube Babies, Varukers, UK Subs and we will be playing with GBH in October the night before our final show. My first experience will a fully fleged Punk Rock band was seeing the Varukers when I was 14 in Napier, changed my life (For better or worse, I'll let you decide! haha)

How do you believe Shut The Hell Up fits into the NZ music industry?

We don't and we won't. We play for the love of Punk Rock and Rock n Roll in general. We have released 2 CD's on our own efforts, we aren't "Anti-Music Industry" as such, but we are comfortable with existing as an independant DIY band.

What can you never leave home without?

Music, or a tune in my head.

How do you describe Shut The Hell Up’s music?

Loud, Fast Obnoxious Punk Rock, loosely styled on U.K Punk from 77 thru the UK82 sound. theres plenty of swearing in it too. We aren't out to be technical wizards or intelligent romantics!

What is your favourite NZ venue?

White Hart Hotel in New Plymouth, a dirty old PUB. Not some wanky "venue" with overpriced drinks and attitudes to match. Its a dirty old Bikers pub, just the way we live it. Smash Palace in Gisborne is awesome too.

What is the best part of being a musician?

Music. Seeing, hearing, or playing it. It's about shaking off all the crap from the week at work and having a good time, ready to start the next week fresh with a new tune in your head.

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

Ones that are passionate and sincere about what they do and are able to have a good chat about things.

What is in your CD collection at home?

Heaps of Punk Rock mostly, I also dig 1950's Rock n Roll, Psychobilly and local stuff.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

Playing to about 200 leather-clad bikers on a farm on the back of a truck. There was some pellets to climb onto the stage with, climbing up my pants split in the crotch. We played on anyway, I'd like to think it was a pretty Rock n Roll thing to happen!

What is your favourite place in NZ to be?

On a stage or in front of a good Rock n Roll band.

What inspired you to become a start Shut The Hell Up?

Shitty Punk Rock, nothing more, nothing less.

How did you come up with the name Shut The Hell Up?

There is various references from bands in the past, also it's about standing up for what you believe in and not taking crap from people who talk shit all the time.

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

With U.K Subs at the White Hart 23 October 2009. I was amped up from seeing the Dwarves the week before who just blew my mind live, and also my father-in-law had died the day before, so I was in a highly emotive state at both ends of the spectrum. Everything on stage seemed to be right and I had a great time, the U.K Subs were the most brilliant out of all 6 times I had opened for them on the 3 different tours.

How do you keep in contact with your fans?

At shows, on the street, and also Facebook and MySpace. "It's nice to be important, but it's also important to be nice"

What rumour would you like to start about Shut The Hell Up?

That we gave up because the Mafia gave us heaps of money and we blew it on cocaine. (Might as well go for gold!)

Shut The Hell Up! is Craig Gunn (vocals), Luke Ballantyne (guitar), Glen Cameron (bass) and Stewart Marshall (drums).

Website Links

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Official Website
Amplifer Page
MySpace Page
Facebook Page


Faster Pussycat Kill Kill

How do you describe Faster Pussycat Kill Kill’s music?

Rock n' Roll surfabilly with pop sensibillities.

How did you come up with the name Faster Pussycat Kill Kill?

Text warfare and I am quite a fan of Russ Meyers films - they are the tackiest B graders you could ever hope to come accross. Terrible films great band names.

What can we expect to see from Faster Pussycat Kill Kill over the next year?

Fpkk have been busy over the last month tracking a new album in the beautiful back country of Golden Bay. It will be released later this year in New Zealand and Australia  - so hopefully a lot more touring/playing and drinking to come.

What inspired you to become a start Faster Pussycat Kill Kill?

A love of rockabilly, 60s Rock n Roll, great guitarists and hot car girls. Also jamming out with my flatmate.

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

Make sure you have good supportive friends in New Zealand and don't be afraid to be as different and uniquely Kiwi as you can be with your music. Also learn to deal with fustration.

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

We have seen and played with soooo many great kiwi bands that don't get much help financially or with exposure just because they are slightly different than what creative New Zealand/record companies want. This is a hard question as I have quite strong feelings that there should be a much greater and wider investment into our local music than there is and it should be a much fairer qualifying process. There is a lot of great Kiwi music suffering and I guess I would to see a lot more of it out there.

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

The Accelerants, they were a great kiwi rock band in a time when there was not a lot of that sort of music circulating in the popular kiwi mainstream.
TrinityRoots, again just a great band of talented individuals who were an amazing act on record and live.

What will Faster Pussycat Kill Kill’s next release be?

Our freshly tracked 11 track album as yet untitled.....

Who would you most like to support live?

At the moment B.R.M.C - they are awesome!

What is your favourite NZ venue?

This is split down the middle for us, The Mussel Inn in Golden Bay and The Leigh Sawmill in Leigh. Great venues, great people and you get looked after - fantastic!

What is the best part of being a musician?

Creating music is a great calling, its healthy for your soul to do it. I love being able to make music and play it and play it to people, its awesome. Touring also, as you get to meet heaps of new people and see a bit of the World.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

There was that drunken moment in Port Chalmers where I took my shirt off and the gig finished on a nipple kissing moment.... ahhhh.... mmmmmm....yeah.

How do you keep in contact with your fans?

MySpace and Facebook are goodies for communicating and getting in touch, also we enjoy banter and heckles at the live shows.

What rumour would you like to start about Faster Pussycat Kill Kill?

Theres already been too many ;)

Faster Pussycat Kill Kill are Chloe Langley (drums, vocals), Reuben Collins (guitar, vocals) and Ross Walker (rhodes, bass)

Website Links

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MySpace Page
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NZ Music News

RIANZ Announces Technical Awards Finalists

The first round of finalists in the 45th instalment of the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards (VNZMA) has been announced.

Wellington’s The Phoenix Foundation leads the charge with the band’s album Buffalo nabbing three finals spots in the Technical Awards section.

Meanwhile, the engineer behind Buffalo, Lee Prebble, grabs two finals berths in the Best Engineer category, the second for Fly My PrettiesA Story and a third nod in the Best Producer category.

The country’s best engineers, producers and album cover artists are set to be honoured on September 1 when the three Technical Awards will be presented - Best Album Cover, MAINZ Best Engineer and MAINZ Best Producer

The finalists in the Best Album Cover category are:

Paul Johnson for Buffalo (The Phoenix Foundation)
Rebekah Atkins, Kieran Rynhart, Mikee Tucker and Anita Liu for A Story (Fly My Pretties)
Ryan Marx for Everything (P-Money)

In the MAINZ Best Engineer category, the finalists are:

Andre Upston for Magnetic (Miriam Clancy)
Lee Prebble for Buffalo (The Phoenix Foundation)
Lee Prebble for A Story (Fly My Pretties)

The finalists for MAINZ Best Producer are:

Jeremy Toy for Standing In The Rain (Opensouls)
Lee Prebble and Barnaby Weir for A Story (Fly My Pretties)
The Phoenix Foundation for Buffalo (The Phoenix Foundation)

Full Article

RDU Presents The Dux De Lux Roundup 2010 & The 2010 Concrete Club Decknology

Wanted: dead or alive - Canterbury's next biggest musical vigilantes, a new brand of outlaw who shred from the hip; who will be the 2010 RounDUp Renegades? This showdown is open to all brave enough to face their fears and join the ranks of past Round Up outlaws including The Klap, The Tiger Tones, Bang! Bang! Eche!, Slipstream and The Undercurrents, Shapeshifter, The O'Lovelies, The Deceivers, The Insurgents, Heavy Jones Trio, P Bass Expressway and 2009 overall winner; Sleep Age.


The Christchurch live music scene is thriving, with over 500 bands currently listed on the CHART (christchurchmusic.org.nz) website. The Dux de Lux RounDUp 2010 is a tangible example of RDU's commitment to developing locally produced, original music and sharing it with the wider New Zealand music industry.  RDU 98.5FM is stoked to be collaborating with Christchurch's key music industry partners to provide the winning band with the opportunity to get their career as a band rolling.

RounDUp 2009 showed just how necessary a competition like this is with over 50 original bands entering.  Enter at the Dux de Lux, Hunters and Collectors or via http://www.rdu.org.nz/.

The 2010 Concrete Club Decknology is the South Islands premiere DJ competition. This fierce battle at the decks was designed to provide up and coming DJs and Producers experience and exposure in the live mix environment and to find the best damn DJ in the Garden City. Decknology 2010 rolls out a series of heats then a number of genre bending semi finals. Winners of each semi final then compete for the title of "Decknology Grand Champion 2010".

Past Decknology competitions have garnered a staggering number of entrants. It is anticipated that more than 100 DJs (bedroom and experienced alike) will enter this year's competition.  Here at RDU we say - bring the noise!

For more information check out http://www.rdu.org.nz/.

Slash - A Cut Above The Rest At G-Taranaki

Iconic rock guitarist Slash wowed the crowd at G-Taranaki recently with his much anticipated show.

His legendary talent was shown to great advantage as he effortlessly took the raging crowd of enthusiastic rock fans through songs from his Guns N Roses, Slash's Snakepit, Velvet Revolver and solo eras.

And, thanks to the generosity of the concert organisers, the New Plymouth District Council, there were some special guests at the show including Nick Douch, co-organiser of Fill The House Tickets Project and drummer for Waikato band Eqwanox.

The Fill The House Tickets Project is a nationwide voluntary organisation that organises tickets to shows for Child Cancer Foundation network families to give them some welcome time out from the stress of dealing with a sick child. (Nicks band also brand and profile the Child Cancer Foundation through their Myspace and Facebook websites and at their live gigs)

Full Article

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