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Newsletter Issue #347: 28 Aug 2011

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Outrun The Buffalo

Thanks to Tim for answering these questions:

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

A lot of gigs, especially in light of the recent release of our debut EP But Now They Live in a Zoo. We’ve been working on a heap of new material lately too that we’re keen to refine and get out into the ears of our audiences. We’re also working towards a second EP that we’re planning to release early next year.

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

The Phoenix Foundation are a definite favourite, particularly their album on Happy Ending. They write some really awesome tunes with a real subtle brilliance that makes me proud to call them New Zealanders. The Naked and Famous are fantastic too; it’s great to see the success they’re having both at home and overseas. I’m also very fond of Connan Mockasin and his bizarre styles. Fat Freddy’s Drop are a long time favourite that can’t go unmentioned.

Who would you most like to support live?

Any of the above, for sure.  It’d be choice to support some of our local heroes. Radiohead are a big influence of ours; supporting them would be amazing. We wouldn’t mind opening for a Pink Floyd reunion gig either.

How do you describe Outrun the Buffalo's music?

A delicious blend of Alternative Rock and Electronica.  Influences are always a good reference point, in which case I’d point to Pink Floyd's epic soundscapes, Led Zeppelin's free flowing jams, Radiohead's eerie electronica, and Bon Iver's soft acoustic harmonies.  

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Earlier this year I saw An Emerald City at The Winter Gardens in The Auckland Domain. It was the perfect venue, very atmospheric. Just so epic yet so chilled out at the same time. It reminded me of Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii.

What is the best part of being a musician?

Jamming with other musicians.  Collective, free-flowing creativity that comes on the spot and consumes everyone involved, taking us wherever it wants us to go.  

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

Sherpa supported us at our EP release gig in June and we were totally blown away by their live set. High energy and a lot of fun, I’d love to see more of them in the future. Two local shore fellas, one of whom mastered our EP for us, have a prog-rock/metal project called Look to Windward. They released an album at the end of last year featuring a bunch of local musicians. It’s seriously amazing stuff and I can’t get enough of it.

How did you come up with the name Outrun the Buffalo?

It’s taken from a song named Donkey Blues by electro-thug rap duo Captain Gayface and The Cool People. The final verse ends with an epic chant of "OUTRUN THE BUFFALO".


Outrun The Buffalo is Tim Burrows and Calvin Davidson.

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Sonic Altar

Sonic Altar have been working hard for the past 5 years. Having supported Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, Whitesnake and Alice Cooper at Rock2wgtn, coming 3rd in the World Battle of the Bands in Hong Kong, recording their debut album with a professional producer from the UK and releasing the album in Japan on a record label; the band has come along way since its original incarnation back in 2006.

After multiple line up changes, the band are currently playing the music they want to play and are driven to melt faces live. On August the 22nd, their debut album 'No Sacrifice' (produced by Mike Exeter of Black Sabbath and Judas Priest fame) will be released at JBHI-FI stores and on iTunes worldwide. Sonic Altar then will support this release with a full NZ tour split into North and South Island legs.

Creative juices never seem to give up and Sonic Altar have already begun pre-production on their follow up album.

Striving for a true live show full of all the epic goodness that makes a night memorable, be sure to get out and see the band soon!

Thanks to Kane for answering these questions for muzic.net.nz:

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

Our debut album 'No Sacrifice' will be out and we'll be gigging in support of that for a while. Then back to the studio to finish pre-production on our follow up album, which we've already started. Later this year we're hoping to get over to Japan for a tour to support the release there. It's pretty exciting times!

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

Listen to the right people and ignore the wrong ones. Figuring out who is who is the hardest part. The cliche, 'believe in yourself', holds true and don't give up on your goals or mould them to suit anyone other than yourself. Oh yeah and practise heaps!

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

We've been lucky to play with a lot of amazing bands and musicians in NZ over the years. Off the top of my head some of my favourites thus far have been: Cripple Mr Onion, Devilskin, Agent, Shotgun Alley, Sinate... And the list goes on.  This country is full of amazing music and bands. Go out to some shows and see for yourselves!

How do you come up with your lyrics?

It usually starts with one main idea, thought or theme. I generally don't like to write about 'boy meets girl and then tries to procreate with her'. I like to think I go a bit deeper into things I don't know all the answers to, such as death. But then sometimes I just like to weave a bit of a story in a song which can be mostly interpretable. Anything that I find interesting really.

Who would you most like to support live?

Iron Maiden or the original line up of Black Sabbath. If Dio were still with us... Anything involving him.

How do you believe Sonic Altar fits into the NZ music industry?

Commercially, I'm unsure. But we don't write songs for radio or anyone else other than ourselves and what interests us. In saying that, our tastes are quite accesible. I don't really know. We write the best songs we can, strive for a high level of musicianship, professionalism and a memorable live show. Other than that, I can't categorize whether or not we fit into anything! 

What can you never leave home without?

My contact lenses. I'm kind of blind without them.

How do you describe Sonic Altar’s music?

Our sound and style is evolving all the time. The album we are just about to release was finished a year ago and there is a fairly markable difference in the new demos we have been working on for the last 6 months or so. This album ('No Sacrifice') definitely has an old school feel and style about it. To some degree I would say we wore our influences on our sleeves, in an effective way at that. Whereas our new material has more of a modern style but also feels like we are finding ourselves somewhat. Regardless, we'll always have guitar solos, powerful vocals, exciting riffs and dynamic songs. People can get a bit caught up in putting things into a category, usually because we're all a bit too lazy to just listen to material ourselves and make a decision whether its for us or not. What I'm trying to say is... We sound like us. Which is a rock band.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

The Kings Arms is always good fun and reliable. Wherever there are accomodating management, good sound and drunk concert go-ers. The combination of those things typically makes a good time.

What is the best part of being a musician?

The list is longer than this really has room for. It's all I can safely say I am good at being. Even if I continue on at this level until I'm 70 years old, I think I'd still enjoy it. If I'm lucky enough to enjoy anything at that age. It's vastly rewarding and theres never a dull moment. Also, it's a good excuse for being a little... well... weird. Don't mind me, I'm a musician.

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

I don't like this question. Purely because I'm sure there are an awful lot of amazing bands I've yet to hear who should be heard but possibly may never get in range of my ears. So I'll just go the hippie route and say... Everyone. Except 'The Feelers'.

What is in your CD collection at home?

I listen to a lot of different stuff of varying genres. From classical music to death metal. Hip Hop doesn't make a massive appearance but I don't hate it just to be cool like the other kids, it just doesn't float my boat. At the moment I'm enjoying Scar Symmetry's new album 'The Unseen Empire'.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

There are shit loads! Any ball dropping during a ballad is pretty horrible. There are plenty of stories but we should probably keep this PG. If we get massive then look out for a juicey autobiography.

What is your favourite place in NZ to be?

I love Wellington. It's always got a good vibe going on.

What inspired you to start Sonic Altar?

War Pigs by Black Sabbath and Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd. Although we don't sound much like either of them.

How did you come up with the name Sonic Altar?

One of our old guitar players and I were firing words back and forth to do with sound. We felt 'Sonic Altar' summed up our devotion to rock n roll.

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

The Rock2Wgtn festival in 2008, opening for Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper and others. Met a lot of my heroes in the space of two days. It's surreal to even think about it. At that point we were lucky to be getting 100 people to our own gigs... Going from 100 to 30,000 is pretty fucking awesome.

How do you keep in contact with your fans?

Facebook is number one.

What rumour would you like to start about Sonic Altar?

That we are actually Aliens sent here to abduct your families. Or that our drummer Chris actually isn't a ginger.


Sonic Altar is Kane Bennett (vocals), Tom Duffy (guitar), Chris Hulbert (drums), Rowan Uhe (guitar) and Daniel Kilhams (bass).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Official Website
Amplifier Page
MySpace Page
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In the Night - Music Video

NZ Music News

New Single and Video for Mel Parsons


Mel Parsons has a new single and video out, available on Itunes, Amplifier and Bandcamp. Her full album is also due out on September 19.

Video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgYrbWah04M

Bandcamp: http://melparsons.bandcamp.com/track/i-wont-let-you-down

Amplifier: http://www.amplifier.co.nz/default,74555.sm

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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:

- Beastwars @ Mighty Mighty, Wellington, 13 August 2011

- The Nudge - Big Nudge Pie Album Review

- The Red Eyes - Red Army Album Review

- In Dread Response - Embers in the Spiritless Void Album Review

- Hanna Grace - Concrete & Roses Album Review

- Adeaze - Rise & Shine Album Review

- Head Like a Hole @ San Francisco Bathhouse, Wellington, 25 August 2011

- Backyard Burial final show @ San Francisco Bathhouse, Wellington, 26 August 2011

- Who is Chess Countess? Album review

- Elliot Brown - Road To Destruction album review

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

Thanks to Alistar Wickens for these photos:

- Beastwars

Head Like A Hole

- Cairo Knife Fight

- Backyard Burial

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