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Newsletter Issue #335: 22 May 2011

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Luger Boa

Thanks to Jimmy Christmas for answering these questions for muzic.net.nz:

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

We are ECSTATIC to be releasing our 2nd Album 'New Hot Nights' so will be celebrating wildly & continuously for the next 2 weeks at least. When the hangover wears off, we shall endeavour to earn several more by hitting the road and playing as much as we can over the coming months. The debonair Msr Johnny Lyon has been recruited to this end, and with his axe in hand he is unstoppable. The Boa ranks have been reinforced with rock n roll insanity. It's an exciting time. We have a national tour in the works, then will pack our bags for foreign climes, as it is well past time to take the Luger machine to the world!

How do you come up with your lyrics?

The lyrics for 'New Hot Nights' have been mostly inspired by many nocturnal observations on and around Aucklands notorious K'Rd. Watching from a doorway as the urban jungle throbs and pulsates is a great way to gather inspiration. The human zoo colliding in front of me created the idea for a loose concept of sorts, and the characters that inhabit the album were drawn from what I could see in the wee small hours....dark, twisted, sexual, excitable. You know what I mean. 

How do you describe Luger Boa's music?

We are a Mutant Rock n Roll Outfit. This album seems to be much more comfortable in it's own skin than the last. The debut record 'Mutate Or Die' felt quite manic and crazed, which was fitting for the time, but I think 'New Hot Nights' has developed the real personality of Luger Boa - it's still deranged, but now we know just why and how. Luger guitar wielders Sam Lockley & Ryan Thomas have injected the recordings with tones previously unheard by human ears, bass creature Simon Nicholls plays perhaps the most pulsating rhythms imaginable, and wild southern beast Joe Mac has destroyed several drum kits on route to a flawless performance across the entire album. There are many moods and moments, all a bit twisted and guaranteed to be delicious.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

By far and away, the Christchurch Town Hall. We have had incredible experiences there. The room is large, warm and inviting, the acoustics incredible and perfect for large stacks and roaring amplification, and the crowds have always been unbelievable. Christchurch is a big part of the Luger story. Mind you, there are many exceptional places to play around this nubile young country of ours, and we look forward to hitting a whole bunch more on the album tour. Naturally most of the vibe comes from crowd themselves..I remember a certain night at The Royal in Palmerston North that shall forever live on in infamy...!

What is the best part of being a musician?

It's an arrested development of sorts! Traveling with your mates all over the place to experience strange and exciting occurrences, what could be better? We turn up devices real loud, strike pieces of wire with pieces of plastic, yell into microphones and get to spend wild sweaty nights with large groups of people. And sometimes we make music!

What rumour would you like to start about Luger Boa?

"Luger Boa's latest album 'New Hot Nights' will simultaneously expand and blow your mind, and a night out at a Luger Boa show will get you more action than you could possibly hope for" well, after all, the best rumours are grounded in the truth.....LBx

Luger Boa is Jimmy Christmas (vocals), Ryan Thomas (guitar), Sam Lockley (guitar), Simon Nicholls (bass)
and Joe Mac (drums).

Website Links

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Amplifier Page
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Image Galleries

State of Rock Tour Part 1
State of Rock Tour Part 2
Legal Tender Tour


Rock n Roll Riot Tour
New Hot Nights Album Review



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

Hopefully a full length CD and lots of shows!

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

Just to work hard, nothing gets handed to you.

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

There are so many; Nothing At All were always one of my faves, Missing Teeth and Cobra Khan.

What will Leeches’ next release be?

Maybe the full length by the end of this year, maybe…

How do you come up with your lyrics?

Just based on different situations and how I feel at the time.

Who would you most like to support live?

The Bronx.

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

By being a kickass live band.. we aint the most commercial band, but then again when was being safe a good thing?

What can you never leave home without?

My comb. Haha.

How do you describe Leeches’ music?

Punk/hardcore crossover.. who knows whatever.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Revolver in Queenstown.

What is the best part of being a musician?

Having fun with your mates making great music,

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

I'd like to see Dion Palmer from The D4 come here with A Place To Bury Strangers (the band he plays bass in now) cos they kick serious ass.

What is in your CD collection at home?

Everything from Bad Brains to Nirvana to Dean Martin.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

Prob nearly getting killed when I fell off a a quad bike on a Bleeders tour in Wanaka.

What is your favourite place in NZ to be?


What inspired you to start Leeches?

To make balls to the wall fast punky shit again.

How did you come up with the name Leeches?

I think it was just based on people beeing Leeches, it kinda describes society in general.

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

Supporting AFI all over Australia and NZ.. cos they were one of my fave bands growing up and it was a dream come true.

How do you keep in contact with your fans?


What rumour would you like to start about Leeches?

That we are every bit as good as the Bleeders were! Haha.

Leeches are Angelo Munro, Ian King, Sam Crocker, Dan Brenndorfer and Rob O'Conner.

Website Links

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Self-Titled EP Review


NZ Music News

2011 Music Manager Awards Winners Announced!

The NZ Music Manager Awards held at Aucklands Backbeat Bar was an evening of celebration to reward the dedication and hard-work of NZ's best Music Managers.  Their tireless efforts, industry knowledge and exceptional management over the past year deserves recognition so without further ado, here they are. 

The NZ Music Managers Forum would like to congratulate the following 2011 Music Manager Award winners:

NZ Manager of the Year
Paul McKessar/Campbell Smith - CRS Management - Brooke Fraser, The Naked And Famous, Collapsing Cities, Lydia Cole, Dimmer
Upcoming Manager of the Year
Scott Grafton - Batucada Sound Machine, The Phil Edwards Band

Regional Manager of the Year - North Island
Teresa Patterson - Six60, I Am Giant, Iva Lamkum, Scribe

Regional Manager of the Year - South Island
Tim Couch - Knives At Noon

Self Managed Artist of the Year
Flip Grater - Flip Grater

International Achievement
Paul McKessar/Campbell Smith - CRS Management - Brooke Fraser, The Naked And Famous, Collapsing Cities, Lydia Cole, Dimmer

Industry Champion
IMNZ - Independent Music New Zealand

Full Article

Hayley Westenra Cracks Record #1s

Kiwi music lovers are in raptures over Cantabrian Hayley Westenra's newest album Paradiso.

For such a family-focused musician it is appropriate that Mother's Day proved a major tipping point for the talented soprano.

On the very day Kiwis honour and celebrate their dearest, Hayley's latest CD moved to the top of the New Zealand Albums Charts and broke a notable record.

In ascending the summit Hayley takes the outright lead as the local artist with the most #1 albums to her name, logging a fifth time on top according to Paul Kennedy of RadioScope, the company which compiles the weekly charts.

Hayley had previously been in a three-way tie with Split Enz and the Feelers with four #1 albums apiece, Kennedy says.

Now she is the sole champion, although it should be noted that two other local artists have been to #1 more times but under different guises.

No surprises, Neil and Tim Finn have each been party to more #1s overall, but theirs have been as members at different times of Split Enz, Crowded House, the Finn Brothers and as soloists.

Full Article

Villainy Premier Their Epic New Video ‘Alligator Skin’ Online

Maniacal Auckland Rock band, Villainy, will exclusively premier their hard hitting new music video ‘Alligator Skin’ online from today. Rock fans eager to check out the lead single from the band’s forthcoming debut album will have access via Villainy’s band website and Facebook page.

Creating a sound that traverses musical fault lines; Villainy is best described as dark, intricate, and engaging alternative rock.  Since early 2011, the Auckland-based four piece have been dividing their time between their home city and Melbourne, tracking their debut album.  The record, due to land late this year, is being crafted under the guidance of producer Tom Larkin (Shihad, Julia Deans, Calling All Cars).

‘Alligator Skin’ will be serviced to radio in the coming weeks and the single will be available from digital retailers from early June, but until then make sure you check it out here:

www.facebook.com/villainymusic and Villainy’s website: www.villainymusic.com

Also worth checking out:

The Twitch's Latest Video
New Video for The Hypnotics
New Video from Tim Guy
Sleepin' Brains New Video

Apanui Set To Release New Album Matariki On May 30th

(aka Ngahiwi Apanui) is set to release his fouth studio album Matariki on May 30th. The 11 track release has been recorded fully in Te Reo Mâori.

Matariki is an expression of Apanui’s bicultural musical heritage andfeatures many themes, including Te Reo Mâori (the Mâori language), whânau (family), the environment, unity, death and peace. Each theme has a traditional and a contemporary interpretation. Six songs that feature on Matariki are performed as song poetry – five of which are originals composed by Apanui.

A fluent speaker of Te Reo Mâori, Apanui is a proud advocate of the Mâori language. “Te Reo Mâori is a part of who I am and I want to share it with the rest of the country,” he says. It’s this concern that underpins the title track ‘Matariki’ where he makes a passionate plea to the people of New Zealand to come together to learn and celebrate “New Zealand’s indigenous language.”

Full Article

Avalanche City Announce Global Release Deal Through Warner Music Australia

Avalanche City are thrilled to announce the inking of a global deal with Warner Music Australia, which will see their debut album OUR NEW LIFE ABOVE THE GROUND released in the USA, UK, Japan, Germany, Sweden and France – and that is just the beginning!

Their debut single 'Love Love Love' shot straight to #1 on the NZ airplay and singles charts, and new single 'Ends In the Ocean' has just been released to NZ radio. 

Close Up's Tim Wilson caught up with Dave Baxter (the man behind Avalanche City) while he was in New York meeting music executives, appearing on TV and doing an impromptu gig in Central Park.  If you missed Close Up last night – check out the link below:


Full Article

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Reviews and Photos

These reviews were added to the site in the last two weeks, check them out at the links below:

- Black Boy Peaches - Company Feel Good Album Review

- Beastwars Album Review

- Miss Black & The Light - Black Light Album Review

- Sleepin Brains - All I Want, Lights Out, Rock & Road Single(s) Reviews

- The DeSotos - Your Highway for Tonight Album Review

- Michelle Nadia - 'Firefly' Album Review

- Simon Spire - Four Letter Words Album Review

- Check out these photos of The Adventures of Mikejoffa

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.


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