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Newsletter Issue #385: 03 Jun 2012

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Slave Collective Special Edition

The Slave Collective is a Palmerston North based musician collective and record label. It was established in the year 2000 around a group of local musicians who decided to work together to promote their music. We do this with the www.slave.co.nz website and forum. We also put on and promote shows and have released over 30 local band albums and compilations.

The Slave Collective currently includes the bands Turbostill, Neckstretchers, Deaths Door, Project: Blood, Wall of Silents, Crackpot Theory, Bloodspray for Politics, The Filthy Varmits, Triple Metal Bypass, and more. It has also included many bands in the past including 7.62 Short, HellborneCathedra, Cage Demise, Fallen Hero, Barbequed Babies, Scourge of Tussin, The Hendersons, Rogue State, Guilty of what?, and many more with a full list and links being available on the Slave website. The bands are mainly of the Heavy Metal, Rock, Industrial, and Punk genres, but Slave was mainly created for like-minded individuals to promote local music together.






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

We’ve just done two release shows for our new 4 Track 7 Inch Vinyl. The shows were at The Royal in Palmerston North and at Whammy in Auckland. We’re going to keep playing shows and having good times.

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

In the drunken heavy Rock n’ Roll party band section.

What can you never leave home without?


How would you describe Turbostill's music?

Kickarse Rock n’ Roll.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Down by the river in the Pohangina Valley, we’ve played a couple of Primitive Rock n’ Roll fests out there as well as one of the Mai Farm festivals.

What is the best part of being a musician?

Drinking piss and playing Rock n’ Roll.

What is in your CD collection at home?

The Devil's music.

What inspired you to start Turbostill?

A night of excessive drinking and partying, we woke up the next day to find we’d started a band. That was at the end of 2000. We played our first gig at Kristov’s 21st in Feb, 2001.

How did you come up with the name Turbostill?

It’s a turbo powered distillery, an essential musician tool.

Turbostill is Kristov Raven (vocals, guitar), Murray Shaw (vocals, bass) and Markham Wightman (vocals, drums).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Amplifier Page
MySpace Page
Facebook Page
Reverbnation Page
Slave Collective Page

Roll Me Another Video

Liquid Rock n' Roll Review


When did Neckstretchers form?

We formed in 2006.

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

We have recently done some recording and will be releasing a CD before too long.

How would you describe Neckstretchers' music?

Garage Rock n’ Roll.

What is the best part of being a musician?

Playing music.

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

All of them, there’s heaps of talented unknown bands around.

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

The non-profit Rock n’ Roll section.

What inspired you to start Neckstretchers?

Wanting to play Rock n’ Roll.

How did you come up with the name Neckstretchers?

It’s got a bit lost in time but I think there was an old album called Neckstretchin’ Blues which we thought had a good  ring to it, but I looked it up recently and can’t find any info on it so maybe we just made it up?

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

All the ones we’ve played, we always seem to have a good time when we play our music.

Neckstretchers are Aaron Sanko (drums), Murray Shaw (bass), Craig Starnes (guitar) and Rob Thorne (vocals).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
MySpace Page
Facebook Page
Reverbnation Page
Slave Collective Page


Deaths Door

When did Deaths Door form?

Deaths Door was formed in August 2010.

Who would Deaths Door most like to suport live?

Any of the heavy weight international metal bands, Lamb of God, Cannibal Corpse or The Black Dahlia Murder. Suporting National bands like 8 Foot Sativa and Sinate would also be a great experience.

How would you describe Deaths Door music?

Members of Deaths Door are all very passonate about many types of metal, which result in our original unforced sound.

What is in your CD collection at home?

METAL m/ ..... predominantly.

What inspired you to start Deaths Door?

To entertain people with good quality local metal!

How do Deaths Door keep in contatct with their fans?

Facebook and YouTube.

Deaths Door is Greyson Tuckey (vocals), Ants Hati (guitar), Daniel Morris (bass), Bevan Sharp (guitar) and
Ben Robinson (drums).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
MySpace Page
Facebook Page
YouTube Page
Slave Collective Page


Project: Blood

When did Project: Blood form?

Rob and James have been quietly working on the project since late 2005. We played our first show mid in 2009.

What can we expect to see from Project: Blood over the next year?

An EP release and a small selection of merchandise.

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

Don't try to please the masses. Be your own.

What will Project: Blood's next release be?

A 5 song EP. Name and release date yet to be confirmed.

Who would Project: Blood most like to support live?

Skinny Puppy, Gary Numan, NIN, Foetus, Carcass, Macabre and Dag Nasty.

How do you believe Project: Blood fits into the NZ music industry?

We don't. And do not aspire to.

How would you describe Project: Blood's music?

Rock/Metal with strong industrial influence.

What is your favourite NZ venue?

Kings Arms, The Royal, The Stomach. Hard to pick just one.

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

Sticky Filth, HLAH, Winter Deluge and Anno Domini Mortus. Because they never cave in to the pressures of the trends.

What is in your CD collection at home?

Too many to mention, from too many genres to mention.

Project: Blood is James Skeletor (vocals, samples), Jay Cadaver (drums), Damo the Insidious (bass),
Rob Spleen (guitar, samples, synth) and Mikey Monk (synth).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
MySpace Page
Facebook Page
Slave Collective Page


Crackpot Theory

What will your next release be?

Well I have just released my new album entitled 'Puppies, Brownies & Sunsets'. It's available for download on my Facebook page and I will have copies soon to give away at gigs and to send to my more loyal followers.

How would you describe your music?

I'm constantly going through different phases, so my sound will reflect what I'm into at that very point of time. Obviously it's Metal, but I like to include a lot of electronic influences, rap/industrial/black metal, you name it. The latest album has some of my heaviest songs and also my lightest.

What is in your CD collection at home?

A very strange variety, including all the Janes Addiction albums, Vanilla Ice, all the 8 Foot Sativa releases, GWAR, the Smashing Pumpkins and even Cypress Hill haha. Of course I've got White Zombie, Megadeth, Van Halen, Def Leppard and then there's Placebo, Incubus, Soundgarden, No Doubt. Good shit.

What inspired you to start Crackpot Theory?

Well I'm an entertainer and I'm also a songwriter by nature, I cant help but write songs, they just come to me for some stupid reason. So I decided to learn guitar (already being a drummer and bassist) and get a home studio and just start making music till I die. The style of music I started out writing needed a name so I decided to call it Crackpot Theory and it sorta just went on from there, 5 years later here I am.

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

Don't worry about how you should be sounding and just do what sounds good to you, breakdowns are lame so don't do them, and remember that music is an artform and it needs to stay that way!

Who would you most like to support live?

I love doing shows with Project: Blood, I have done two with them and they have been a blast, I guess because their audience can kinda understand where I am coming from and it's not too much of a deviation, where when I play with straight forward metal bands I just don't fit in. I'd love to open for Rammstein or IWRESTLEDABEARONCE or GWAR, I opened for Sinate once and that was a dream come true.

Crackpot Theory is Daniel Ashcroft (vocals, keyboards, bass, guitar, drums).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
MySpace Page
Facebook Page
YouTube Page
Slave Collective Page

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Black Metal Much? CD Review


Bloodspray for Politics

What can we expect to see from Bloodspray for Politics over the next year?

We will be doing more gigs and releasing our 4 track EP 'Blood and Night'.

Our next gigs are on Friday 22nd June at the Cabana in Napier with Fuelset, Heterdox and Diamond Doll, then on Friday 29th June at The Royal in Palmerston North with Fuelset, Suppression and Gift of Ruin.

More details

Who would Bloodspray for Politics most like to support live?


How do you believe Bloodspray for Politics fit into the NZ music industry?

We fit into the Heavy Metal part of it.

How do you describe Bloodspray for Politics' music?

E tuned Heavy Metal, We’ve been told we sound a bit like Pantera and White Zombie and we’ve also been described as sounding like Old School Metal combined with Death Metal, so something like that.

What is the best part of being a musician?

Playing gigs.

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

Palmy Bands, There’s heaps of kickarse local bands.

What is in your CD collection at home?

Metal and dodgey rock n’ roll.

How did you come up with the name Bloodspray for Politics?

It fits with our lyrics and style.

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

We’ve only played 5 gigs so far, but when we played with Beastwars and Wall of Silents that was a good show and our first gig which was a Slave Metal Fest with local bands Cephalopod, Gift of Ruin and Deaths Door was wicked too. Whenever people are into what you are playing it is cool.

What rumour would you like to start about Bloodspray for Politics?

That we are so Metal that we detune so far down we’ve gone right around and come back to standard E tuning.

Bloodspray for Politics are Kristov Raven (guitar), Mike Jacques (vocals), Max Guy (drums) and
Murray Shaw (bass).

Website Links

Muzic.net.nz Page
Facebook Page
Reverbnation Page
Slave Collective Page


NZ Music News

Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards nominations open

Preparations for the biggest night in New Zealand music are gathering pace with nominations for the 47th annual RIANZ Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards opening today (May 21).

In 2011 the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards shifted from its usual early October date to the beginning of November to side-step the Rugby World Cup.

Following the success of last year’s awards the industry has unanimously voted to keep the November date going forward. As a result, this year’s Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards ceremony will take place on 1 November at Auckland’s Vector Arena.

Organiser the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand says it is looking forward to seeing who will be throwing their hats into the ring following a big 12 months for New Zealand music.

“It’s shaping up to be an amazing year for New Zealand music and we’re very excited to showcase it at the Awards,” says Chris Caddick, managing director at RIANZ.

Full Article

Country Music Awards - Winners Announced

Best Country Album

Canadian-born Neilson now lives in Auckland. The Kitchen Table Sessions Vol II builds on her successful previous Sessions album with her trademark raw energy and music that is a hybrid of acoustic torch and stripped-bare country blues.

RIANZ managing director, Chris Caddick, says: “Sincere congratulations to Tami for winning the Tui for Best Country Music Album in what has been an outstanding year for country music. Tami’s beautifully performed and produced album is a real gem and a superb example of the high standards being achieved in New Zealand Country music today.”

Best Country Song

Delaney Davidson’s “You’re A Loser” is from his 2011 album Bad Luck Man which also features "Little Heart", the song which threw him into the spotlight as a finalist in the 2011 APRA Silver Scroll Awards.

An accomplished artist with six solo albums under his belt, Delaney spends his time between his hometown of Christchurch and living and touring in Europe. He is also part of musical collective The Harbour Union.

“There is an honesty and integrity to all Delaney’s songs and is evidenced in spades in “You’re a Loser”. This song is anything but a loser and we are immensely proud of the reputation Delaney has achieved both internationally and at home”, says Anthony Healey, APRA’s Director of NZ Operations.

Aaron Jury’s song “29” was also a finalist, as was The Harbour Union and The Unfaithful Ways member Marlon Williams with his song “Ghost of This Town”.

The other two finalists for the RIANZ Country Album of the Year were The Harbour Union’s self-titled album and The Unfaithful WaysFree Rein.

Full Article

Rip It Up Turns 35!

Back in 1977 when Murray Cammick launched his free rock paper Rip It Up few could have predicted it would still be around 35 years later. Yet June 2012 sees the magazine enter its 35th year and what better way to celebrate than with a new readership high of 101,000 readers nationwide *

Issue number 347 hits the streets on June 4 and we celebrate 35 years of inspiration with an exclusive photo shoot where some of our best talent pays homage to the artists that have inspired them. Founding editor Murray Cammick opens his photo archives and shares shots of legendary artists visiting our shores. Plus we’ve got limited edition merchandise, prizes galore and everything else you’ve come to expect from New Zealand’s biggest music and entertainment title.

Full Article

RIANZ partners with Spotify to stream weekly music charts

The Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) has today announced the launch of its dedicated Official NZ Top 40 Music Charts App, designed specifically for the newly-launched music streaming service – Spotify.

The App enables Spotify users to explore the weekly music charts and keep up to date with the latest music. By fully integrating with Spotify, users can listen to full songs and albums on the chart, receive the chart automatically each week as a playlist, and share full weekly charts.

Full Article

Live Library - Original music from some of New Zealand’s finest songwriters

After several months of trials, music publisher Native Tongue is launching Live Library – a new service developed to meet growing requests for fresh and original locally composed production music.

For not much more than the cost of a generic production music track, New Zealand advertisers and content producers can now get something unique and original from NZ songwriters including Greg Johnson, Ben King (Goldenhorse), Wayne Bell, Ryan Beehre and Paul Dodge (Minuit), Richie Setford (Batucada Sound Machine, Bannerman), Steve Abel, Sonya Waters (White Swan Black Swan), David Kilgour, Conrad Weddes, William Ricketts and Richie Singleton (The Phoenix Foundation), Karl Steven and Claire Cowan.

Native Tongue General Manager Jan Hellriegel says that at the lower end of the market “you have the quite sterile, paint by numbers music coming out of what are essentially offshore music factories. It’s all same-same and a bit soulless really, and actually it’s not even particularly cheap. At the other end you have a handful of local music production houses composing one-offs for mainly big brand commercial clients. Live Library will slot happily in between.”

Full Article

New Releases

Dirty Rock Band Pens Honest Pop Songs

The Art Of Being Luckless

Lawrence Arabia “Travelling Shoes” Free Download

Goodshirt Release New EP, Video, Back Catalogue And Tour Dates

Tour and Gig Announcements

Missy Higgins to return to NZ!

Two new Ladyhawke shows announced

A Winter Tour For The Unfaithful Ways

Opossom 'Electric Hawaii' Christchurch Shows Added

Supermodel & Sleeping Dogs - NZ Before The World Live DVD Tour In June/July

Iva Lamkum Live at Khuja Lounge

Flight of the Conchords - Final Show Announced!

Rufus Wainwright & Band Announce NZ Show

Other NZ Music News
Gig and Tour News
Artist News


Muzic.net.nz News

New Artists

The following musicians have been added to the muzic.net.nz website during the last fortnight:

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Reviews and Interviews

Check out our latest reviews and interviews at the links below:

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Gift Of Ruin Interview

Autozamm Interview

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Tour Features

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