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Newsletter Issue #373: 11 Mar 2012

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Deadboy Records Special Edition

Deadboy Records was formed in 2005 by The Bleeders frontman Angelo Munro and his right hand man Bondy.

Rising from the ashes of Auckland based hardcore label Jailbait Records, Deadboy was formed to release the most exciting up and coming releases from some of the most hard working bands and make them available to the New Zealand masses with the backing of Universal Music.

Over the past half-decade Deadboy Records has birthed releases from some of the best bands in New Zealand alternative music today including False Start, Saving Grace and In Dread Response to name a few.

Late 2009 saw the addition of Vasely Sapunov to the management stable of Deadboy Records. With a refreshed vision and huge plans for years to come, the label will be announcing many more new signings, exciting releases, tours and festivals in the months ahead.

All of our releases are exlusively distributed by Universal Music New Zealand.
The Deadboy catalogue is available in all good music stores across NZ.


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In Dread Response

Thanks to Trajan for answering these questions:

What can we expect to see from In Dread Response over the next year?

We're working on the follow up album to 'Embers In The Spiritless Void' which we hope to be a big one. We're tossing up the idea of a double album solely because we have so much material to work with and we feel it's all pretty strong stuff. If it doesn't become a double album it we'll probably release some songs as a limited EP, hand numbered. Sort of like a little thank you to those who turn up to shows and by our merch instead of just downloading. We're cool with the downloading, you're just missing out on the artwork/layout/lyrics, the full package. I heard a few rumours about us skipping across the ditch to tour so we'll see how that goes. We'll definitely be playing as many shows as we can around NZ. We haven't been down to the south island in a while so we're due to pay them a visit and wreak our own brand of havoc down there.                         

How do you describe In Dread Response's music?

Our music is a blend of melodic death metal with elements of doom and thrash. It's fairly straight forward without any odd time signatures to throw you off. While a lot of other bands are competing for who is the heaviest we concentrate on melodic progressions and song structure and deliver it as intensely as possible. 

What is in your CD collection at home?

Everything AC/DC have put out, a lot of Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Testament, Slayer, I think I can see The Cars Greatest Hits, Converge, I'd like to say it's eclectic and varied but it really isn't. I love my old school bands.

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

Keep things fun. It's not easy to find 4 or 5 individuals, whittle your influences down to a few and align your schedules to fit around music while maintaining order and mutual respect for each other. Learn all the lessons you can from clinics, live shows. There is a reason why professional bands get all the praise, it's because they do things a certain way and of course there are things that they don't do. If the pro's don't do them then you shouldn't do them either unless you are 100% sure you possess untapped genius. So keep things pro and keep things fun.

In Dread Response is Sean O'Kane-Connolly (vocals), Trajan Schwencke (guitar), Corey Friedlander (drums), Ross McDougall (guitar) and Steve Boag (bass).

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In Dread Response Gigs
Embers In The Spritless Void muzic.net.nz Review


The Outsiders

Thanks to Stuart for answering these questions:

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

More shows around New Zealand!! We have spent a lot of time and energy touring the United States in the past 18 months, in 2011 we played 3 times as many shows in the US as in New Zealand. So we should be doing a bit more at home and in Australia this year. We're touring the North Island with our new EP in March and we should hit the South Island in early Winter. We'd like to do another release soon but right now we're pushing 'Shallow Graves', it feels good to have lots of shows coming up in New Zealand.

What will The Outsiders' next release be?

We have just released 'Shallow Graves' in New Zealand through Deadboy Records. Its a new 5 Track EP we recorded mid 2011. The EP came out in the United States when we were touring over there last November and we're really happy to have it available in New Zealand!!

How do you come up with your lyrics?

3 of us write songs in the band so it works differently depending on whos working on tunes. Niam and Dan have been prolific song writers for years. Somtimes I wonder how they keep churning songs out the way they do. We do spend time working on songs together, its rare for a song to be totally finished when someone brings it into practice or a demo-session. I'm still new to writing & playing bass at the same time, so my songs are usually pretty quick little things that I spread out and work around other ideas for tunes, dynamics and vocal lines.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

It's changed a little in the past few years but I always loved The Crown Hotel on Rattray Street in Dunedin. I've played and been to so many shows there I couldn't work out how many. The place has been having bands play forever, I saw my first Ho Dogs and The Hasslehoff Experiment shows there, so many crazy bands & performers have graced that building it should be declared a historical landmark. Venues like the Crown Hotel have almost dissapeared from New Zealand these days.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

Throwing my bass guitar up in the air onstage during a show at a squat venue in Northern Germany, the head of my bass went through the roof and all this plaster and dust came down on my head and face. I played the rest of the set looking like an asbestos sniffing clown.

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

I think the best gig we have ever performed is at the music festival FEST 9 and 10. FEST is a really fun music festival which has been held in Gainesville, Florida, USA for the past 10 years. Around 300 bands and 15 000 people from around the world converge on this small city for a huge punk rock party with great headline acts and shows everywhere all across town. We're the only New Zealand band to play at FEST and we've played there 2 years in a row now. Our most recent FEST show was sold out just before we started to play, lots of people came to check us out and we had heaps of friends there from touring around the states for weeks before then. We played well, had some free drinks, the crowd enjoyed it and we sold a lot of shirts & CD's. That was a really good gig.

How do you keep in contact with your fans?

Through our Facebook and Bandcamp pages.

The Outsiders are Dan Burmester (guitar, vocals), Niam Hegarty (guitar, vocals), Stuart Young (bass, vocals), Dave McDonald (drums) and Thomas Young (guitar, vocals).

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The Outsiders Gigs
The Outsiders Release Shallow Graves - Press Release
Shallow Graves muzic.net.nz Review
The Words Will Write Themselves muzic.net.nz Review


Will Saunders and The Lowest Fidelity

Thanks to Will for answering these questions:

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

As well as the live shows and promoting my debut album Curious Maladies, work has begun on the next release, probably an EP with perhaps a slightly different sound. More electric possibly... then there is my new band Bearhat who'll be playing live and releasing our debut EP this year.

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

Make sure it's fun. Always press 'record'. Choose carefully the advise you take. Find out exactly What it is you want to do and Why. Forge ahead regardless of negative reactions and try not to compare yourself with others. Push up against rules and barriers and stretch yourself. Storm the Gates of the Mind.

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

I have admiration for anyone creating music in New Zealand, as it's often not easy and has to have the motivating factor of doing it for the LOVE maaaan. My favorites are very many and varied, including - but never limited to - the likes of Chris Knox, The Mutton Birds, Finns Snr and Jnr, Shayne Carter, The Drab Doo Riffs, Ghost Wave, Dictaphone Blues, The Eversons, Opossum, UMO, The Vietnam War, The Cosbys, The Situations, The Twitch, Roy Irwin.... the list honestly goes on and on... would be easier to say the NZ bands I DON"T like... There's one or two.

What will your next release be?

Probably digital, but I would like to do a physical release with a small illustrated book.

How do you come up with your lyrics?

Usually it all comes in one big flood. I try not to edit or analyze what they mean or where they come from but usually after a few weeks or months I can see more of what I was thinking at the time. I like to think of them as postcards from the subconscious and I like a 50-50% break of storytelling and phonetic sentences that actually turn out meaning something. They're already there, I just have to get off my arse and broadcast them. Like a tattoo thats under the skin already and appears when the surface is broken or a swift fish. Crafty and slippery stuff.

Who would you most like to support live?

Ideally I would like to support myself and friends and familly to live a happy, healthy life.

How do you believe you fit into the NZ music industry?

Like a one eyed cat peeping in a seafood store.

What can you never leave home without?

Having a home to get back to.

How do you describe your music?

Odd Folk for odd folk, with a smattering of psychedelia encased in a rich layer of love and hope. All topped off with a glaze of inevitable mortality.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Having mainly played in Auckland it's Kings Arms, Whammy Bar, Wine Cellar and Golden Dawn and Mighty Mighty in Welly.

What is the best part of being a musician?

Being given a free pass onstage and in recordings to project unfiltered thought, energy, melody and emotion. If you did this sorta thing in real life they'd lock you up.

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

Original, thoughtful and creative musicians and bands not bound by genre would be nice... we're doing pretty well so far, let's try and keep it up.

What is in your CD collection at home?

Lotta psychedelia, blues, old pop, punk, rock n roll, folk and jazz, organic human crafted stuff mainly. All containing Energy and Melody.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

Playing Wellington with my old band The Quick and the Dead, all the gear got stuck in snow in transit and we had to cobble together a very sub-par but working backline...just before we were to begin and an hour after we were meant to be playing everything turned up due to a kindly snow clearer and we lifted it all over the heads of a restless and party-keen packed out gig to play one of the wildest sets we ever did. Twas some skin-of-the-teeth funtimes.

What is your favourite place in NZ to be?

The beach in summer when not playing, onstage when playing, with everything working when recording.

What inspired you to start a band?

I just didn't know any better.

How did you come up with your name?

Initially I was recording on a 4-track cassette machine, so have many many hours of songs, covers and experiments on tape. The Lowest Fidelity seemed suitable when I supplied a track to the Cheese on Toast Michael Jackson tribute album released just after he died, and had no computer, and as when I was playing solo I wanted a separation between the whole "singer songwriter" tag...And then there is the thought of a tree falling in the woods with nobody around to hear it etc....and the low grumbling growl elephants emit to communicate and can percieve over vast distances, which is out of range for us humans to ever hear.

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

Suppoting Kitty Daisy and Lewis was fun, everyone was up for a good time, when thats the case it's pretty hard to screw it up. Every gig could always be the last though so it's important to give it everything each time I think.

How do you keep in contact with your fans?

Musically mainly. Live and recording. As I am so crap at social media and internet swings and roundabouts Youtube, Bandcamp and Facebook are the main outlets.

What rumour would you like to start about your band?

That there are definitley no external forces and spectres informing what myself and The Lowest Fidelity produce. Clear thinking and sensibility come with great ease.  There is a 67% chance that I have two small electric eels spinning and thrashing in the fluid undernath either of my kneecaps. We own the copyright to both fire and wasps.

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Will Saunders & The Lowest Fidelity - Curious Maladies out now - Press Release
Curious Maladies muzic.net.nz Review



Thanks to Angelo for answering these questions:

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

Leeches hope to play a lot more and get back down to the South Island and Australia again. Also record again with our newest line up.

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

Just to work hard. Nothing gets handed to you. You have to make your own luck.

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

There's a bunch.. But I always liked Nothing At All (Dion from The D4's old punk band).

What will Leeches' next release be?

Hopefully a full length CD.

How do you come up with your lyrics?

Just comes down to what I'm feeling passionate about at the time. I don't have any real formula or agenda.

Who would you most like to support live?

There's a lot.. but we already have done Sick Of It All and Rise Against which was amazing.

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

We don't really fit with it at the mo. Punk and hardcore isn't the "cool" thing right now so we just do what we do for us and the true fans of this music.

What can you never leave home without?

My iPod or iPhone with the tunes!

How do you describe Leeches' music?

Melodic punk/hardcore.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

The Kings Arms and I love Refuel in Dunedin.

What is the best part of being a musician?

Doing what I love the most, performing.

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

I'd like to see this Weta re-unite as I've heard a bit about and a Balance reunion would rule.

What is in your CD collection at home?

A lot of stuff, really buzzing on Justin Townes Earle and A Place To Bury Strangers.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

There aren't any. Honest!

What is your favourite place in NZ to be?


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

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Self-titled debut EP muzic.net.nz Review


Saving Grace

Thanks to Vasely for answering these questions:

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

Well we have a few things in the pipeline for 2012, possibly multiple overseas tours, maybe a new record....who knows?!

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

Honestly, just go for it with everything you have. Be bold, passionate and real in your art and dont let the haters get to you. Because let's face it, no matter how good you are, there will always be haters. Just be yourself and make the music that you want to.

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

Well, in all honesty, my wife is my favourite NZ musician. She sings and plays piano and does so beautifully. Some days when I come home from work I can hear her playing while I'm coming up the garden path. It's the best thing. Haha! But as for bands, man, there are/have been alot of great NZ bands around. Alaska for one are fantastic,
Misadventures in Self Surgery, Ulcerate, The Voyage, Promise of Bloodshed, One Must Fall, Horrendous Disfigurement, Declaration A.D, Militia, Kill Me Quickly... how long do you want me to go on?

What will Saving Grace's next release be?

Probably another full length, though we have toyed with the idea of doing a concept EP based on one of the minor Prophets from the Old Testament, but that might just have to wait...

How do you come up with your lyrics?

For our previous releases I would just write in my own time about whatever grabbed me, which was typically my personal trials and tribulations. My personal life and walk with God, but for The King Is Coming I tried something different. I committed to prayer and aksed the Lord to really inspire me about what to write and how to write it, and the result is something I can honestly say is the most potent material I have ever penned.

Who would you most like to support live?

Pantera, should Dime not have been murdered. Sepultura, should Max not have left. So in the real world? Earth Crisis. One of my all time favourite bands.

How do you believe Saving Grace fits into the NZ music industry?

I honestly don't know. I guess there must be a bracket somewhere that allows for an overtly Christian Metalcore band from Gisborne City to sell records and be worthwhile to someone.... hahaha!

What can you never leave home without?

Sadly... my cell phone.

How do you describe Saving Grace's music?

Honest, abrasive, confrontaional, spiritual, emotional and purposeful.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

There have been a few amazing venues over the years that we have had the honour of playing at, The Centre in Gisborne, The Fish House in Palmerston North among others. But I think the best venue I have played in a long time is The Basement, we played our CD release for TKIC there and it was out of control!

What is the best part of being a musician?

Seeing how the things I write about affect other people, some people have emailed me from the other side of the world and said to me that my lyrics and our music has helped them deal with some really difficult situations in their lives. Now I dont know how exactly, but that's besides the point. It's just good to know that people get something positive, some hope or strength out of what we do.

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

Well, The Voyage have just left our shores to set up shop in Australia, which bums me out because they are super good and they are all such lovely people. So I want to see more of them!

What is in your CD collection at home?

What isn't?! Haha! Uh, lets see. La Coka Nostra, A Life Once Lost, The Mint Chicks, Sufjan Stavens, Bloodsport, Nine Inch Nails, Edith Piaf, Darkest Hour, Lily Allen, Slipknot, Messengers, Cypress Hill, Mobb Deep, Arkangel, Sepultura, Pantera, John Mayer, Peter Bjorn and John, The Traveling Wilburys, Creations, The Deftones, Circa Survive, First Blood, Cat Stevens, Elvis..... I coud go on for hours.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

With my old band, Mind Bloodshot, one time in Wellington, I accidently punched myself in the nose and had a really bad nosebleed for the first hald of our set. Looked pretty metal though.

What is your favourite place in NZ to be?


What inspired you to start a band?

Honestly, a combination of passion for music and performance, a need to vent my pent up hostility towards the world and myself and boredom. I grew up in Gisborne, you know? Small town... not alot to do.

How did you come up with the name Saving Grace?

I can't remember, I think we had a bunch of ideas, heaps of generic 'Blood something' names and we thought that Saving Grace was cool in the sence that it cunjured up the image of a lovely sounding band with daffidols and sunshine, but we sound like.. well, you know.

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

That's a difficult one to answer, beause we have played so, so many amazing shows and they have all been memorable in so many ways. I think the last time we played at Void in Hamilton was crazy good, small venue, good friends, maybe 50 kids, sweat. You know. But then we played at the Palladium at Parachute a little while ago and that was insane, it seemed like well over a thousand people in there and the pit was NUTS!! So yeah, so different and amazing for different reasons.

How do you keep in contact with your fans?

Facbook is a great tool, kids will add you on there and you'll get a message every now and then from a kid you had a chat to after a show one time or another and they reach out to you for any number of reasons. Its really great to be able to have input into so many lives, giving advice, praying for people, or just talking about vocal techniques. Its one of my favourite things about doing this.

What rumour would you like to start about Saving Grace?

That we sold out on hardcore and that we are all about the money....oh thats already a rumour. I think that will do.

Saving Grace is Nicholas Tautuhi (vocals), Vasely Sapunov (guitar), Geroge White (guitar), Mike Benson (bass) and Shaun Anderson (drums).

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Saving Grace Gigs
Saving Grace release The King is Coming album - Press Release



Thanks to Josh for answering these questions:

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

We are currently working hard writing for our first album, which should be out out mid year, so expect some tours around that. Also we will be heading over to Australia to tour for the first time.

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

Just to get out there and play as much as you can. We spent so much time last year driving up and down the country to play shows. It really took it out of us but the exposure we got from doing that was incredible.

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

There are so many amazing musicians in this country and a lot of them go unnoticed. Bands like Zerstiren, In Dread Response and Blindfolded and Led to the Woods are doing a lot for NZ metal. One of our favourite, yet underrated NZ bands would be Of Blackest Oceans from Wellington. They have amazing musicianship and a killer sound, really don't know why more people haven't heard of these guys.

What will Depths next release be?

We will be releasing a single called 'Illumination' in the next coming months, which will also be a track off our full length.

How do you come up with your lyrics?

Previously on our EP 'Resurgence' it was more of a personal approach, it was just a matter of writing lyrics and music separately, then bringing it all together. With the full length we are doing a concept album, so we spent a lot more time on lyrics than previous material. Linking the lyrical themes with the moods of the music.

Who would you most like to support live?

For all of us that would probably be a different answer as we all have our opinions, but one that we would all agree on would probably be opening for Meshuggah. They influence us a lot and it would be an honor to support them on the stage.

How do you believe Depths fit into the NZ music industry?

NZ music is very tough, being a death metal band in the music industry is even harder. You can't expect any support when it comes to things like NZ ON AIR, because they tend to go for radio friendly music. So it was really up to us to do everything ourselves up until we were approached by Deadboy Records at the end of last year. When it comes to how we fit in with the NZ metal scene I think we just got lucky with bringing out a heavier sound at a time when it wasn't so popular.

What can you never leave home without?

Keys. Never leave home without your keys, or you can't get back in.

How do you describe Depths music?


What is your favourite NZ venue?

There are a whole heap of awesome venues scattered over the country, but the venues would be nothing without the people who fill them. So I guess it comes down to the turn out rather than the venue itself but some of our favourites so far would have to be The Basement in Auckland, ReFuel Bar in Dunedin and The Media Club in Christchurch.

What is the best part of being a musician?

Being able to create something out of nothing would be the coolest thing for me. Then being able to perform that in front of an audience is really awesome.

What is in your CD collection at home?

Once again everyone in the band would be different, but I have everything from Johnny Cash to The Acacia Strain, and pretty much everything in between. I like to keep my music taste varied and interesting.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

We played a show in Blenheim in 2010 that was pretty funny. Not so much embarrassing as it was funny.

What is your favourite place in NZ to be?

Traveling around in the South Island really showed us how beautiful our country is. In terms of playing shows Auckland, Hamilton and Christchurch would have to be favourites of ours. Always a fun vibe and a great turn out.

What inspired you to start Depths?

We had all been in bands previously, and met each other through that. It started as just a side project for a few of us, but then we got a solid line up and things started to take form and we realized we were onto something good.

How did you come up with the name Depths?

Many bands have long thought out reasons for their band name, we do not. Depths just happened to be what we all settled on.

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

There have been a few memorable shows. Our EP release show at Medusa in Wellington would have to be one. The venue packed out on a Wednesday night and was probably when we saw people taking notice in us. The Saving Grace album release show at The Basement in Auckland last year was another awesome show.

How do you keep in contact with your fans?

Networking sites like Facebook and MySpace make contact with fans really easy. Keeping in contact with fans is really important to us, without them we would be playing to empty venues.

What rumour would you like to start about Depths?

We play acoustic guitars.

Depths is Sam Bennett (guitar), Joshua Bain (vocals), James Power (bass), Dylan Robert (drums) and Jae Faithfull (guitar).

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Depths Gigs
Depths sign with Deadboy Records - Press Release


NZ Music News

The Taite Music Prize: Announcing the finalists!

After much deliberation and more than a few considered discussions, the finalists for the Taite Music Prize 2012 have now been confirmed.

Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of the country's most highly respected music journalists, this will be the third year for the award. In a similar vein to several international awards, The Taite Music Prize's purpose is to recognise outstanding creativity for an entire collection of music contained on one album. The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, to be spent as they wish. The cash prize is kindly supplied by PPNZ Music Licensing.

This year’s nominees, from a lengthy list submitted by record labels both independent and major from right across the country, are:


· Andrew Keoghan - Arctic Tales Divide (Brave Beluga Records)

· Beastwars – Beastwars (Destroy Records)

· David Dallas – The Rose Tint (Dirty Records)

· She’s So Rad – In Circles (Round Trip Mars)

· The Bats – Free All Monsters (Flying Nun Records)

· Tiny Ruins - Some Were Meant For The Sea (Spunk Records)

· Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Seeing Records)

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NZ at South By Southwest 2012

South By Southwest Music & Media Festival 2012
will run from Friday 9 March through Sunday 18 March and will see the music and entertainment world descend upon Austin, Texas, and again New Zealand has a strong representation of artists making the journey south.

This year will see over 1900 bands play during the four festival days devoted to music in a multitude of venues in and around the world famous 6th street in downtown Austin, Texas. The conference attracts over 13,000 music professionals and fans alike from all over the world with the common interests of music and music business.

This year will feature the following New Zealand acts making the trek to Austin;

Kimbra, Electric Wire Hustle, Cairo Knife Fight and Avalanche City.

Full Article

Heart strings guitars auction fetches $111,000 for Christchurch

Seven hand-made guitars commemorating the loss of life and buildings in the Christchurch earthquakes fetched total of $111,000 at an auction in Christchurch at the weekend.

The Heart Strings guitars were crafted by Bruce Pickering and were created using timber from important historical buildings that fell in the Christchurch earthquakes.

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Dawn Raid And Pasifika Festival To Release 'Pasifika Festival - 20th Anniversary' Album

Dawn Raid and Pasifika Festival are proud to announce the release of Pasifika Festival – 20th Anniversary, a collection of twenty songs from The Pacific’s most prolific Polynesian & Maori artists. The album’s release coincides with the 20th anniversary of the festival that will take place on Saturday 10th March at Auckland’s Western Springs Park and includes tracks from the likes of Smashproof, Herbs, The Yandall Sisters, David Dallas and more.

Founders of Dawn Raid Entertainment, Andy Murnane and Brotha D compiled the album’s track list. “In celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Pasifika Festival, we wanted to showcase artists that have helped the festival reach this accomplishment, and highlight how Pasifika Festival has become an important platform for these artists while on their musical journey” says Brotha D.

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Avalanche City Announces Signing With Roadrunner Records For US Release

After a double platinum debut single and a gold album in New Zealand, Avalanche City are pleased to announce their EP launch and tour dates in North America. Avalanche City is the brainchild of Dave Baxter, a singer songwriter who wrote, produced, recorded and played every instrument on his debut album Our New Life Above The Ground, which was released July 8, 2011 in New Zealand. Baxter recorded the album in just one week.

Having toured the US 3 times already, Avalanche City will release a four-track ‘Love Love Love EP’ in the US through Roadrunner Records on April 3, 2012. The first single ‘Love Love Love’ will go to radio in May 2012 with a full-length album to be released later this year. ‘Love Love Love’ debuted at #1 on the New Zealand singles charts.

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New Releases

Fly My Pretties IV Album Release
Two Cartoons new EP and free download
Fiona Pears releases 'Feeling'
EP Release & Tour for Gunt
EP/Single Release for Horowitz
The Thomas Oliver Band release new recording
The Outsiders release Shallow Graves EP
Saving Grace release The King is Coming album
Tono and the Finance Company debut LP release
DJ CXL To Release Long-Awaited Debut Album 'Represent' On March 26
P Money & Dan Aux To Release Kinda Lovin’

Tour and Gig Announcements

Radiohead Announce One NZ Show
British Ska Heroes, The Specials Announce One NZ Show
The Dirty Three return to Auckland with a new album to play!
Annie Crummer for Christchurch festival
James Morrison for Christchurch festival
The Legendary KRS-One Announces Two NZ Shows This April

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Muzic.net.nz News

New Artists

The following musicians have been added to the muzic.net.nz website in the last two weeks:

Abby Primmers
Joe 90 Dimestore Skanks
All The Wrong Reasons The Heavy Metal Ninjas
Sweet Leaf


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Check out our latest reviews at the links below:

Will Saunders - Curious Maladies Album Review

Homegrown 2012 Review

Derty Sesh - Apology Accepted Album Review

Alizarin Lizard - The Weekend Went Without You Album Review

The Outsiders - Shallow Graves EP Review

The Heavy Metal Ninjas EP Review

Burning Embers - Open Road Demo EP Review

The Johnny Possum Band - Short Summer Album Review 1

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