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Newsletter Issue #44: 17 Apr 2005

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Give It a Break?

New Zealand, being a 'freedom of speech' country, has allsorts of opinions flying around that are both listened to and ignored.

But when it comes to bands, why can't some musicians take what's said?

Too many times I've seen bands split up and fall out over something that's been said about their band, when all they needed to do was either rise above it or build on it! Also the amount of people that can get constructive criticism mixed up with cheek is amazing!  Surely if someone said to your band - "I don't really like your sound, it's too heavy for me", your band wouldn't think "Right that's it, it's over, one guy doesn't like us, time to split up"?  Shouldn't you think "Meh, that's your opinion, for everyone that doesn't like us, there's one that does?"

Well I guess that is what separates the good bands from the Great bands once again. The bands that can stick at it when the going gets tough rather than break and fall at the knees when the reviews come in!

Anyway... enough of that rambling shenanigans and throwing unfair hissys', I've got it all out of my system, and just as well because NZ music month hits 5 this year and for those out of the loop it's in May! Why NZ has to have a set-aside month for celebrating NZ Music, I don't know.  To me, every month should celebrate this fine countries talent in the music world, whether it's Punk, hip-hop, hardcore, rock, pop, metal or any other genre you think up, NZ Music has had and is having some huge successes, so maybe seeing as NZ does actually have a 'home-grown' music month, you can dig up old hits, from bands like Supergroove, Herbs, Crowded House and Th' Dudes and truly appreciate and celebrate NZ Music month in style.

Thank you NZ Music for being so celebration-worthy!

Peace and long-rants,


Cathedra are a four piece band from Palmerston North, whose sound can best be described as dark melodic metalcore. Check them out on muzic.net.nz!

1) Which NZ artist/band do you think will be a huge international success one day?
Shaun: 48 may maybe
Ted: Die!Die!Die!

2) Who would you most like to tour with?
Shaun: The dillinger Ecsape Plan
Sophie: Poison The Well
Andy: Through the Eyes Of the Dead
Ted: i agree, Through the Eyes Of the Dead

3) What is your most embarrassing concert moment?
Shaun: Dropping my drum sticks twice and having to restart that same song three times at the start of our set.
Ted: Screwing up the intro of a song 2 or 3 times
Sophie: Playing half a song then realising someone had tripped over my lead and un-plugged me..
Andy: I fall over a lot...

4) What are you planning on doing during 2005?
All: Tour, Video for TV, More merch to sell

5) How did you come up with the name Cathedra?
Shaun: I found it in a dictionary as Ex-cathedra then changed from there.

6) What is in your CD collection at home?
Shaun: The Dillinger Escape Plan, CL Bob, Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, It dies today, Blink 182, Planet X,
Sophie: PTW, Rancid, Atreyu, Bleeding Through, Blink 182, NOFx, Walls of Jericho, AFI, Missing Teeth
Ted:nasum, the bled, the album leaf, shai hulud, poison the well, american nightmare, norma jean, the dillinger escape plan
Andy: Remembering Never, Through the eyes of the dead, With Dead Hands Rising, From Ashes Rise, Misery Index

7) What advice would you give other budding musicians/bands?
Sophie: Stick with it, practise heaps and make sure you have fun
Ted: Be friends with your band members, be opened minded to interesting styles and practise and have fun
Andy: ah..yeah :)


Hellborne are a Heavy Metal band from the Hawkes Bay. The band performs regular gigs at venues around the lower North Island, and they have just released their second album. For more information check out their muzic.net.nz Artist Page.

1) Which NZ artist/band do you think will be a huge international success one day?
Scoure of Tussin and other "Slave Recdordings" bands
2) Who would you most like to tour with?
3) What is your most embarrassing concert moment?
Not having enought time to get drunk before playing a gig
4) What are you planning on doing during 2005?
Releasing 2nd Album "Fuck you and your kind" in May/June 2005
5) How did you come up with the name Hellborne?
It suits the style of music we play
6) What is in your CD collection at home?
Slayer, The Haunted, Entombed, Nashville Pussy, 8 Foot sativa, Fu Manchu, The Hendersons, AC/DC
7) What advice would you give other budding musicians/bands?
Drink More and play Heavy Metal

What's New?


It's your LAST CHANCE to win tickets to the Boost Mobile Hookup tour. The Auckland prize pack is still up for grabs, so if you're keen on heading along, for free, and getting a whole heap of free Boost Mobile/Dawn Raid stuff then check it out on the competitions page!

We're proud to announce the following winners:

Rezinator - 'Who's To Blame' - J. Bennett, Dunedin - T. Ross, Auckland
Boost Mobile Hook Up Tour Prize Pack Christchurch - N. Garry, Christchurch
Boost Mobile Hook Up Tour Prize Pack Dunedin - L. Walsh, Dunedin
Wash - 'NiveFiveZeroFive' - M. Foulkes, Wanganui

Congratulations guys, we hope you enjoy your prizes!

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