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Newsletter Issue #377: 22 Apr 2012

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ElevenfiftySeven Records Special Edition!

ElevenfiftySeven Records is a boutique independent record label which generally focus's on the harder & louder side of New Zealand music. Home to such artists past and present as: Antagonist A.D, Bleeders, Cobra Khan, Cold By Winter, Gatherer, Kitsch, Los Muertos, Nightchoir & Sticky Filth. Current releases include Cobra Khan's 'Adversities' (Nov 2011) and Sticky Filth's 'Fourth Domain' (Nov 2011).
2012 will see new releases by Nightchoir, Cobra Khan, Kitsch and the newest addition Gatherer with their debut album 'So Be It' due for release in May 2012.


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Grey Lynn
Auckland 1245

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Thanks to Alex for answering these questions:

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

You'll get to see a lot more of us being a real band.

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

Patience, perseverance and an open mind.

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

The Body Lyre, Spook the Horses, Tim Armstrong, Electric Wire Hustle, Jakob. There are many we love for their individuality. They're crafty suckers.

What will Gatherer's next release be?

Our first record 'So Be It' is out in May. It's going to feel great to finally let it go onto other ears.

How do you come up with your lyrics?

We write on our experiences and opinions. Swerving thesaurus.com at every point possible.

Who would you most like to support live?

It'd be really nice to play a string of tours / festivals where you get to play with different bands everyday. It'd be fresh and you'd meet people. That’s what we'd like to happen.

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

We're really proud to be kiwis living away from home. I think we have a lot to offer stylistically that people my not have heard before.

What can you never leave home without?

Brushing my teeth.

How do you describe Gatherer's music?

We're a rock band that draws influence from genres across the board. It's not a simple and straight forward answer because we all have different tastes at times. It encourages us to experiment.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Anywhere that doesn't elevate you 50 ft in the air is good. It's fun being on the same floor as the crowd and creating a posse. The lounge has a sweet intimacy about it.

What is the best part of being a musician?

Collaborating with your friends.

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

There are a ton of people overseas doing great things and we wish we could see more often. 

What is in your CD collection at home?

It's not much of a collection, it's mostly digital now. There are a few! Susanne Sundfor's The Brothel, Serena Maneesh: Abyss in B Minor and some Crowded House mate.

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

I think any kind of gear malfunction at the beginning of any set can be pretty hilarious. Having a stand collapse under the weight of a some heavy keys was mine - doesn't exactly set you up for a good time!

What is your favourite place in NZ to be?

Living in Melbourne, I think anywhere our family and friends are is an excellent place to be.

What inspired you to start Gatherer?

Everything happened at just the right time. Somewhere between Rockquest groups. Starting this new one those 6 years ago was an opportunity to write music we weren't used to.

How did you come up with the name Gatherer?

Well, we wanted a name that was to the point & actually meant something to us - unlike our older group which was a case of us matching up words that we thought, at that time, were aesthetically pleasing. 

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

There have been good and bad gigs but I don't think we know that just yet.

How do you keep in contact with your fans?

Facebook seems to be the best way. That and at the shows.

What rumour would you like to start about your band?

Our guitarist Jordan bought himself a little toe ring up in the Gold Coast recently. He plays like he lost it since then but we all know whats glimmering in those kicks. A wee good luck charm eh Jord?

Gatherer is Samuel K. Sproull (vocals, bass), Alex Winter (guitar, vocals), Jordy Pilgrim (guitar) and Reuben Pilgrim (drums).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Official Website
Amplifier Page
Facebook Page
Twitter Page
Youtube Page
Big Cartel Page
Bandcamp Page
1157 Records Page

Check out Gatherer's brand new video for ‘Regular Frontier’


Cobra Khan

Thanks to Milon for answering these questions:

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

We're currently in the process of writing an EP, hopefully getting to Australia in July, and have 2 videos underway. 

How do you come up with your lyrics?

My lyrics are conjured up through what I see in the music. Very rarely it's the other way around. 

How do you believe Cobra Khan fits into the NZ music industry?

Not very well!

What is in your CD collection at home?

I digitised 600 CD's, put them on TradeMe, and sold them for $400 to a fat sweaty dude who DJ's children's parties. I've got a box of CD's that were gifted on tour, signed, sentimental etc. 

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s a He-man toy, and the alliteration works. 

Cobra Khan is Milon Williams (vocals, guitar), Hadleigh Donald (guitar, vocals), Evan Short (bass), Sarah Fox (keyboard) and Ant Davies (drums).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Official Website
Amplifier Page
Facebook Page
Twitter Page
Youtube Page
Big Cartel Page
Bandcamp Page
1157 Records Page

Adversities muzic.net.nz Review



Thanks to Mike for answering these questions:

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

We hope to have the new album out mid year, with a winter tour and new live show. Then a summer tour...

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

I have trouble going past the second Voom album. One of the best records ever made. Steve Abel also so consistently brilliant especially lyrically. Dave Dobbyn (in my opinion the most consistent best NZ song writer), seeing him 1994 at The Powerstation was next level. Seeing Salad Daze 20 years ago - privilege. Jonathan Bree - huge respect for his production and actually a great engineer. The list goes on - The Bads, Neil Finn, Shayne Carter, Ned, Anna and Riki (Anna Coddington's band)....

What is your favourite NZ venue?

So many great venues in NZ. Some of our favourites are Leigh Sawmill, Chicks Hotel, Mighty Mighty...

What inspired you to start Nightchoir?

A lot of different things. A couple of turning points for me personally were a Bygone Era gig at University Cafe in about '88 and The Ramones at The Powerstation in 1990. Ricky Lee Jones 1994. Raw energy. Great fun, huge intensity, no pretense.

How did you come up with the name Nightchoir?

Matthias had Lots of ideas; we thought it fit perfectly with the way the first album was made. Pockets of time all pretty much at night. 

Nightchoir is Mike Hall (vocals, guitar), Jol Mullholand (guitar), Nick Buckton (bass), Matthias Jordan (keyboards) and Michael Franklin-Browne (drums)

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Facebook Page
Twitter Page
Big Cartel Page
Bandcamp Page
1157 Records Page



Thanks to Sam for answering these questions:

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

Completion of our next album and all that comes with releasing an album.

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

Being repetitively exposed to the bands in the immediate local scene, often makes them my favourite’s by default. 

What will Kitsch's next release be?

Our fourth album. 

How do you come up with your lyrics?

Good question. Almost always it's whilst I'm playing guitar, experimenting, and as guitar parts develop a vocal melody often stumbles or mumbles out. Then my brain clutches at whatever is available. No matter how vague or broad there is usually something in there, whether it be imaginative, possibly TV or media based or something that had left emotional resonance within. I attempt to add a poetic touch or flare. And I usually settle on a basic melody and flesh out the rest later (sometimes in the final days/hours/minutes before recording it).

Who would you most like to support live?

Metallica. Not that we are suitable to open for them. 

What can you never leave home without?


How do you describe your music?

Rock music. 

What is your favourite NZ venue?

There can never be just one so... 

To perform at; The Powerstation or the old Hole in the Wall/Valve in Wellington. To attend a show; Brooklands Bowl in New Plymouth, or Western Springs Stadium.

What is the best part of being a musician?

Creating works of art and the camaraderie with peers. 

What is in your CD collection at home?

I honestly don't think I have one. 

What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?

It's too graphic to divulge. 

What is your favourite place in NZ to be?

On a rugged West Coast beach, I'm not fussy. Bethalls Beach in Auckland was amazing yesterday.

What inspired you to start Kitsch?

The other talented musicians needed a singer. I often wonder if they regret asking me.

Kitsch is Sam Icke (vocals, guitar), Ben Crawford (guitar, vocals), Daryl Carruthers (bass) and Dan O'Neill (drums).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Amplifier Page
Facebook Page
Twitter Page
Big Cartel Page
1157 Records Page


NZ Music News

The Taite Music Prize: announcing the Winner!

The winner of the third annual Taite Music Prize 2012 is Unknown Mortal Orchestra for their self-titled album released on Seeing Records.

Award judge Hugh Sundae (Entertainment Editor, NZ Herald Online) said “I can’t think of any releases with Ruban’s name attached I haven’t loved and he’s done it again. The UMO album couldn’t have been made by another artist, it’s exciting and fucking awesome.”

Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of the country's most highly respected music journalists, this was 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. Unknown Mortal Orchestra win a cash prize of $10,000, to be spent as they wish. The Taite Music Prize wasorganised by Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ), and the cash prize is kindly supplied by PPNZ Music Licensing.

Pacific Music Awards Finalists

The finalists for the 2012 Pacific Music Awards have been announced with the hip-hop heavyweight David Dallas and R&B duo Adeaze both securing four nominations each, while Kas Futialo aka Tha Feelstyle is nominated in three categories.

Dallas, who splits his time between New York and New Zealand, is nominated in Best Pacific Male Artist for his critically-acclaimed 2011 album The Rose Tint. The album also earns Dallas nominations for Best Pacific Urban Artist, Best Pacific Song for Take A Picture and Best Pacific Music Album.

The brothers Tupa'i, otherwise known as Nainz and Viiz of R&B/Soul group Adeaze, will go head-to-head with Dallas in three of those four categories.

The duo's self-released 2011 album Rise And Shine is up for Best Pacific Music Album while the brothers will also contest Best Pacific Urban Artist and Best Pacific Group. Their single Paradise is also nominated for Best Pacific Song.

Kas Futialo joins Dallas and Adeaze in the battle for Best Pacific Music Album with his 2011 release Good Morning Samoa, an album based on the concept of a radio station that energizes the island of Samoa.

Full Article

Ryan Kershaw Upcoming Releases

During every day in April and in the lead up to NZ Music Month, Ryan Kershaw will be posting a song from his back catalogue, including demos and rare tracks on his facebook page - www.facebook.com/ryankershawnz

In May Ryan will release an album of psychedelic home demos he made on a 4 track between the ages of 15 to 19 called The Buzz Tapes.

The Buzz Tapes will be available to download for free during May from Ryan's website http://www.ryankershaw.com/

In celebration of NZ Music Month, Ryan's entire online back catalogue will also be free to download during the first week of May!!

Full Article

Battle of the Bands 2012 National Championship

Entries are NOW OPEN for the Battle of the Bands 2012 National Championship

Battle of the Bands (National Championship) is NZ’s largest R18 Band competition; events take place nationwide, allowing bands throughout the country to take part.

Over 2 months of eliminations will be held at multiple live music venues in Auckland, Hamilton, MountMaunganui, Wellington and Christchurch. Each venue hosts a series of heats, semi-finals and regional finals. Feeder heats may also be held at additional venues in other regional locations depending on entry numbers in other regions. Throughout the event, judging and voting determines each region’s champion; who then represent their region at the National Final in Auckland.

Full Article

Entries Open For Roundup 2012

The RDU Roundup Band Competition will return to Christchurch in 2012 after a one year hiatus.

Heats will take place at Dux Live on Saturday 26 May and Sunday 27 May, resulting in four category finals held over the first two weekends of June.

The Grand Final will take place on Saturday 16 June with one lucky Cantabrian act taking home a prize package including: studio recording time and mastering thanks to Cacophony Studios and Reality Chant Productions, a mentoring and promotional package from CHART, press shots from Dean Mackenzie Photography, $2000 worth of publicity thanks to The Press, management membership and mentoring from the Music Managers Forum (MMF), $1500 credit from NZ Rockshops and vinyl recording from In Real Life vinyl records.

Entry forms are available from Galaxy Records (336 St Asaph Street) or by request from mailto:[email protected]. Entries close Friday 18 May at 5pm.

Full Article

New Zealand's Very Own Kimbra Tops the US Billboard Chart

New Zealand's Very Own Kimbra Tops the US Billboard Chart

She has topped the chart in 17 countries including New Zealand, Australia, UK, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands and now Kimbra, the 21-year-old girl from Hamilton, has become the first New Zealander since OMC (‘How Bizarre’ in 1997) to have a #1 song on the US Billboard 100 Chart!

The pop songstress’ collaboration with Australian artist Gotye on his single ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ has already earned the achievement of ‘Best Song’ at the 2011 ARIA awards, has been certified 7x Platinum (490,000+ units sold) in Australia and has now reached the #1 spot on the Billboard chart while also recording one of the highest ever weekly digital sales totals in the United States.

Gotye and Kimbra also performed the single Live on the Jimmy Kimmel show earlier this year and more recently on Saturday Night Live.

Check out the video for ‘Somebody That I Used I Know’ (it has had more than 166 million views): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UVNT4wvIGY

No New Zealand artist has had such a rapid rise to success as our Kimbra. From being signed up to the States, to releasing her debut NZ gold certified album Vows, she was alsoa recipient of the New Zealand Critics' Choice Award 2011 as well as ‘Best Female Artist’ at the 2011 ARIAs.

Full Article

New Releases

Til Death Do Us Party To Release Debut Headlights

Home Brew Release Debut Album 4 May

Opossom 'Electric Hawaii' new release date 1 June 2012

Badd Energy cause a RIOT

Tour and Gig Announcements

ChartFest 2012

Ladyhawke returns to New Zealand this July

Tommy Ill To Go On Tour To Avoid Craft & Drug Habit

MELIC – ‘Nowhere I’d Rather Be’ NZ Tour 2012

Fleur Jack & Katie Thompson tour South Island

Ed Sheeran Announces First Ever New Zealand Show


Other NZ Music News
Gig and Tour News
Artist News


Muzic.net.nz News

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Check out our latest reviews at the links below:

PNC - Under The Influence Album Review

Spook The Horses - Brighter Album Review

Primmers - Durham Lane Album Review

Tono & The Finance Company - Up Here For Dancing Album Review



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