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Newsletter Issue #309: 21 Nov 2010

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Mercury Crowe

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

We released our first music video for the single 'Kiss Me or Kill Me' on Friday 5th November, with another single baking in the oven for release next year. Summer is a great time for festivals and shows in New Zealand so we are definitely planning on touring throughout the country over summer and into NZ music month next May.

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

There is a lot of NZ music coming out now that is definitely world class. Musicians we like that have had lots of commercial success (Midnight Youth, Gin Wigmore), and also bands that are really creative with a distinct NZ sound. Little Bushman is one of the most creative acts I have come across and are amazing every time I see them live.

What will Mercury Crowe’s next release be?

We are releasing another single and video early next year to follow up our first single 'Kiss Me or Kill Me'. It’s the perfect song for a late summer driving soundtrack. Stay tuned for the tune and its video in a few months.

How do you come up with your lyrics?

Similar to most artists, we generally write about life experiences. I always thought it’s not just what you are writing about, but how you want it to come across that is the most important thing. The new single for example is just written about a girl we met on tour, but the lyrics were come across in a really sexy rock n roll way to fit the vibe of the tune.

Who would you most like to support live?

Anyone who blows us away with wailing blues guitar, soulful vocals and a bass line so grooving it makes you want to be a drummer.

How do you describe Mercury Crowe’s music?

Our music is ‘classic blues rock’ in the most modern sense of the word. By that I mean we are inspired by classic rock/blues and pop artists whose songs are so well written that they have stood the test of time and people still love to listen to them.

What is the best part of being a musician?

Putting your heart and soul into a bunch of songs that have the ability to reach a lot of people in a really cool way. That, and having a mobile party van to go on tour in.

Mercury Crowe is Allan Mansfield (vocals, guitar), Hamish 'the surgeon' McKoy (guitar, vocals), Rowan Clark (bass, vocals) and Nick George (drums, vocals).

Website Links

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

You can listen to the tracks 'Carolina', 'Pandora' and 'The Game' on Mercury Crowe's muzic.net.nz page.



Turbostill are a dirty rock 'n' roll band from the ever-prolific Palmerston North scene. Formed in late 2000, the band have been playing locally constantly since. With a sound they describe as "sometimes hard-out mayhem, sometimes an easy groove for those who like to rock".

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

We will play more gigs, and are recording an ep to be released in 2011.

We're playing El Santo in Lyttleton on Sat 23 Oct, The Royal in Palmy for the '30 Years of Control' comp release on Fri 19 Nov and also headed up to Rotorua on Sat 4 Dec at After Dark.

Who would you most like to support live?


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

Like a square peg in a round hole.

How do you describe Turbostill’s music?

Dirty alcohol fueled rock n' roll.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Mai Farm in Pohangina.

What is the best part of being a musician?

The drinking, and playing gigs is quite good to.

What is in your CD collection at home?

Slayer, Entombed, The Hellacopters and AC/DC.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

Playing sober, someone has to drive...

What inspired you to  start Turbostill?


How did you come up with the name Turbostill?

Combining turbo and distilling, trying to get drunk quick.

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

All shows at Mai Farm, The Primitive rock n' roll fest out there was cool, and so have all the other shows we have played by a fire down by the river in the valley.

What rumour would you like to start about Turbostill?

We don't drink.

Turbostill is
Kris Cummerfield (vocals, guitar), Murray Shaw (vocals, bass) and Markham Wrightman (drums).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Amplifier Page
MySpace Page
Facebook Page
Slave Recordings Page

Turbostill's third album 'Liquid Rock n Roll' was released last year, and you can download the single of the same name from their muzic.net.nz page.


Dakota Scream

What can we expect to see from Dakota Scream band over the next year?

As many shows as humanly and physically possible in as many venues as exist, as well as the release of the EP.

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

Shihad, because their first few albums have that testicles to the wall feel which is a good motto.

The Datsuns, because of their pure inspiring live energy and great sing along tunes, that will always be enjoyed!

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

Always go testicles to the wall.

Who would you most like to support live?

In Flames, Metallica, Machinehead, Lady Gaga. (The last one is true, because I’m sure she hasn’t had a metal act opening for her yet, and her live show is phenomenal!

What is your favourite NZ venue?

The Royal Tavern down in Palmerston North, good sound, good venue layout, and great hospitality!

What rumour would you like to start about Dakota Scream?

That red pandas have entered our brains and are speaking to the world via our music.
That Vaughn is awesome!

How did you come up with the name Dakota Scream?

It’s based upon the idea of world classed teen actress Dakota Fanning having quite a shocking dream and the band name is thus her reaction (being that she is screaming).


Dakota Scream is Sam (guitar, vocals), Jono (drums), Joel (guitar) and Vaughn (bass).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
MySpace Page
Facebook Page


NZ Music News

Mt Smart gets ready for biggest concert of the year

Crews are working 16-hour days at Mt Smart Stadium to get ready for the biggest concert of the year when the U2 360° Tour hits Auckland for two shows.

The largest temporary grandstand ever built in New Zealand has gone into the north end of the  main arena, which will hold nearly 12,000 fans.

At the southern end the installation of a second 10,000-seat temporary stand will be completed this weekend.

Much of this second temporary grandstand has been trucked up in a massive logistical operation from the World Rowing Championships that were held at Lake Karapiro earlier this month. A team of 40 men has been working long shifts  to get the southern stand completed on time.

Because of the extent of the additional seating, the concert promoters have been able to make a final release of tickets at all levels from just $40.80, plus service charges, for the second and final show next Friday. Thursday night's concert is sold out.

Full Article
Tour Details

Luger Boa Announce New Album & Summer Tour

2011 is the year of rock and leading the pack is LUGER BOA with their new album New Hot Nights due for release via Rhythmethod early 2011.

2009 saw the release of Luger Boa's debut long player Mutate or Die which was critically acclaimed and featured massive radio hits "What is Real?" "I Wanna Girlfriend" and "On My Mind" - the Rock Radio Song of the Year.

Quickly known for incendiary live shows, In their short existence the band have played to countless thousands across the country alongside the like of Shihad, The Mint Chicks, The Living End, Airbourne, The Charlatans and HLAH, from packed clubs to arenas, as main support for the Kings Of Leon.

Earlier this year Luger Boa headlined the sold out "State Of Rock" nationwide tour, where they debuted the new material from the forthcoming album New Hot Nights.

The first single taken from New Hot Nights 'Lazy' is already a certified radio hit, and second salvo 'Paralyzed' is already racing up the charts. And, there is much more to come from the album, recorded in Auckland and Melbourne, and mixed by Mark Needham in LA, and Andy Baldwin in NYC.

Full Article
Tour Details

Shoot The Freak Presents Popstrangers 'Happy Accidents' EP

Every once in a while, a band arrives on the scene that makes you wonder: what did we ever do before these guys arrived?

Auckland trio Popstrangers burst onto the live circuit early in 2009, and immediately began making waves - with their truly unique celebration of grunge, punk, and noise music winning punters over wherever they went.

The band self-released an EP of their early hits in September of that year, with song after song sitting pretty on both the bNet and New Zealand Alt Radio Charts for weeks on end. Before long the group were in serious demand, and wound up playing with everyone from Peaches (US) to Crocodiles (US) and Die! Die! Die!, not to mention invitations to appear at Rhythm & Vines and the Big Day Out.

Full Article
Tour Details

Her Make Believe Band & The Bads Announce 13-date Joint Tour of New Zealand

Her Make Believe Band and The Bads are pleased to announce a 13-concert tour this February which includes shows in Greymouth, Lyttelton, Picton, Tokomaru and Onewhero, as well as the more traditional touring centres of Wellington, Raglan and Auckland. Designed with a 'show' in mind, the two bands promise a night of musical excellence and fun- there will be sets from each band, as well as various collaborations, throughout each night.

Led by New Zealanders Cy Winstanley and Vanessa McGowan, Her Make Believe Band is a London-born band who play a masterful blend of Americana fused with jazz, soul and pop. Her Make Believe Band's debut NZ tour earlier this year resulted in a number of sold out shows and wide reaching media attention for both the tour and debut album, AM Radio (Old Oak Music, 2009). AM Radio has also received critical acclaim in the UK, with Uncut Magazine describing songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Winstanley as "a potent songwriter with a voice gently reminiscent of Paul Simon" while noting the "beguiling harmonies" of vocalist/bassist McGowan.

Full Article
Tour Details

Other NZ Music News
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Muzic.net.nz News

New Artists

The following musicians were added to the muzic.net.nz website recently:'

The Jury & The Saints Tryptanite
Carthaginian Ash Graham
Radius Kink Sleeping Dogs

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These reviews were added to the site during the last fortnight, check them out at the links below:

- Wall of Silents - self titled album review

- Ladi6 - Liberation of.... Album Release Show, Powerstation Nov 5th

- Brooke Fraser - Flags Album Review

- Eva Prowse - I Can't Keep Secrets Album Review

- Barracks - We Are The Lions EP Review

- Svelte - Cat's Paw Album Review

- The Veils - Sun Gangs Album Review

You can check out every single interview and review in our Articles Page.

Tour Features

Every feature we have ever had on the site can be viewed here.


Information about muzic.net.nz newsletters


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