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Newsletter Issue #351: 25 Sep 2011

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

Work extremely hard to create your music. If you have to spend nights starving to create a masterpiece then it can all be worth it. Axesword didn't get anywhere by writing and recording songs in half an hour.

What will Axesword’s next release be? 

Axesword have recently recorded their debut EP in a town filled with mythical beasts that have the head of a Horse and the body of a Horse. It was thus sent to Hell and returned with brutal mastery and the impending doom of its release date is nigh.

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

After the EP is released, providing there is no rapture... a live show like no other. 

How do you come up with your lyrics?

Axesword's lyrics mainly come from life experiences.

Who would you most like to support live?

Annabel Fay.

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

The longest recorded flight of a Chicken was 13 seconds.

How do you describe Axesword music?

Brutal. Now that's a word and words cannot describe it, but that's the closest... Except maybe Alan.

What is in your CD collection at home?

Just a 40 minute vinyl of the "Brown note".

How did you come up with the name Axesword?

More of a necessity than a thought. What weapon would you pick in a fight? An axe? Or a sword? Axesword picks an Axesword.

How do you keep in contact with your fans?


What rumour would you like to start about Axesword?

Behind the masks are Drew Neemia and Suzy Cato.

Axesword are Pervert the Clown and Demoncum, with an unknown live band.

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What can we expect from Mountaineater over the next year?

Mountaineater will be recording an EP with Dale Cotton before summer and working on an album over summer leading up to gigs early next year with Jakob and Cairo Knife Fight; An Emerald City and, we hope BDO (last
year had an element of debacle and I'm not refering to our performance!)
A more comprehensive tour is also in the works.

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

If you are prone to being disorganised and procrastination enlist someone who is not (cheers Deano!). Something about a lot of musicians in that regard. Laying yourself bare and projecting your ego is far easier in a studio or on a stage than in the marketplace.

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

Heinous question. do you know how old I am? Going to pluck five in a then and now context.
Then: It's 1987 watching TV I see the Straitjacket Fits perform Dialling A Prayer and She Speeds (I know you called it an albatross Mr Carter but, it's still an amazing song). This was the music I was waiting to hit me. Sky scraping. No internet kids it just had to come your way. Changed my life. The music from this town was the reason I moved to Dunedin.
Bailterspace: Power trio, weird tunings, being pummeled and caressed simultaneously, Nick Roughan on the live sound desk.

Now: these first two are polar opposites sound wise perhaps but, two of the best bands in the country and therfore world. Our isolation is the source of our strength y'all Jakob because I love them like brothers and they nail it every time. Die! Die! Die!: awesome work ethic and Mikey Prain!

And twixt the two spectrum wise: Little Bushman, consummate.

What will your next release be?

An EP recorded by Dale Cotton is in the works, An album soon after.

How do you come up with your lyrics?


Who would you most like to support live?

On behalf of  Chris Livingston (drums) and Anaru Ngata (bass and guitar) at least, I'll say that may have already happened with the Melvins support (I'm a Melvins newbie but, they own everthing they've done. One of the best gigs I've seen by the way). For me: My Bloody Valentine.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Poverty Bay Club, Gisborne.

How do you describe Mountaineater's music?

Like trying to push Rangi and Papa apart with bass, drums, guitar and voice ie: Te Kaos.

What can you never leave home without?

The love of and for my wife and kids.

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

See above of course but also:

Cairo Knife Fight and A Hori Buzz: Aaron 'drix Tokona. The Nudge: passion, joy, the MoonBonham on drums and one of the best song closes I've heard in ages. A nitrous rush without nitrous,

What rumour would you like to start about Mountaineater?

Each gig is a front for a treasure hunt. Seek high rockers.

Mountaineater is Tristan Dingemans, Chris Livingston and Anaru Ngata.

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NZ Music News

APRA Silver Scroll Awards 2011: The Winners!

Now running for its 46th year, the APRA Silver Scroll Award has been presented tonight at a star studded event at the Auckland Town Hall.

And...the winner of the 2011 Silver Scroll Award is: Dave Baxter - “Love Love Love” – performed by Avalanche City.

“Its a moment of pure pop genius, simple and instantly memorable. New Zealand has already fallen in love with the song and the rest of the world may soon know all about Dave Baxter and ‘Love, Love, Love’”, says Anthony Healey, Director of NZ Operations for APRA.

APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) is the organisation that represents all New Zealand music writers. The Silver Scroll Award is the pre-eminent peer voted prize for any music writer making music today. Previous winners have included writers as diverse as The Naked and Famous, Neil Finn, Dave Dobbyn, Scribe and Chris Knox.

Full Article

Nelson’s Peasants win Smokefreerockquest 2011

Nelson band The Peasants are set for Kiwi music success as the winners of this year’s Smokefreerockquest.

The six top bands played off in Hamilton on Saturday for the country’s biggest youth music prize, after being selected from 800 entrants at regional finals held around the country from May to August.

Last year’s second place-getters, known then as The Peasants of Eden, had developed their performance and wowed the judges with their tight and mature sound. The Peasants’ band members are Georgia Nott (vocals and percussion), Abbey Phillips (vocals and keyboard), Chris Phillips (drums), Joseph Corban-Banks (bass), Rupert Wockner (rhythm guitar), Holly Tippler (vocals and keyboard) and Clark Hinton (guitar).

The judging panel, made up of Matt Barthow from TV channel Four, Tania Dean from NZ on Air, Joel Little from Dryden Street (and Kids of 88 co-writer), Sam Collins from Kiwi FM, Sharyn Wakefield from The Edge, and OpShop’s Bobby Kennedy, said The Peasants had a presence far beyond their years. Lead singer Georgia Knott was singled out for particular praise.

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Jim Beam Homegrown - 2012 - First Announcement

Hosted by Nick D, The Red Bull Lab will showcase the ultimate collective of super bands and DJ battles; already announced are The Adults, AHoriBuzz with guests Tiki Taane, Fran Kora and LA Mitchell with more guests to be confirmed; and a DJ sound-clash featuring Concord Dawn vs. P Money.

For the first time, the Jim Beam Rock Stage proudly combines the two biggest names in Kiwi Rock: Shihad and Blacklist (featuring 4 of the 5 original members of Blindspott). Also confirmed are Black River Drive, The Thomas Oliver Band and Shotgun Alley with 3 major acts still to be announced.

The Vodafone Pop and RnB stage showcases the popularity of our Hip Hop cultural movement. With chart topping names like Smashproof, David Dallas, K One, P Money, Kidz in Space and crowd favourites Kids of 88 with 3 sensational acts still to be named.

The electronic stage offers a hedonistic super-club environment with top DJ/Producers Optimus Gryme, FM’s Karn Hall and Jay Bulletproof with Jesse G the voice of his smash-hit ‘Dub Me Crazy’.

The monster Dub & Roots stage welcomes back Six60 hot off the heels of their No1 single and new album. Rising reggae stars 1814 will kick start the day and The Black Seeds and Kora return this year to wow with their amazing live prowess. That leaves 3 huge acts still to be named to cap off a who’s who of Aotearoa’s dub & roots talent.

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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:

- Freaky Meat - Delicatessen Album Review

- Mountaineater, Left or Right, Full Fucking Moon and Ryan Prebble @ Bar Bodega, Wellington - 16 September 2011

- Little Bushman and Electric Wire Hustle @ San Francisco Bathhouse, Wellington - 24 September 2011

- Mel Parsons - Red Grey Blue Album Review

- The Rabble - Life's A Journey Album Review

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

Thanks to Alistar Wickens for these photos:

- Mountaineater

- Left Or Right

- Electric Wire Hustle

- Little Bushman

Other latest photos can be viewed here.

Tour Features

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


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