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Newsletter Issue #525: 02 Feb 2020

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Imagine what it must be like for our local musicians.

Time continually disappearing into the abyss of working, raising families, maintaining homes and spending time with loved ones, all whilst trying to find time to write lyrics, practice songs, perform live, record new music and promote, promote, promote.

And if finding the time for all of that wasn't enough, money also comes into the equation; saving every cent possible to create new music, paying an endless stream of people from producers and engineers through to promoters and venues, and purchasing new instruments and equipment - while continuing to pay household bills, mortgages... and then some.

No-one should have to give up their dreams, yet many musicians feel as though they don't have a choice.

Music is as important to this world as teachers are to a school, as doctors are to a hospital and as books are to a library. It's an international language that exists everywhere. It can motivate, activate memories, and envelop us.

As Muzic.net.nz enters its 21st year, we ask you to join us in supporting our local musicians; go to their gigs, purchase their music and merchandise, like and share their posts on social media, and tell all your friends and family about your favourites. You can also support the people who support musicians with Roady for Roadies 2020 - more info here.

And I'm sure we'll receive more new music and live performances in return.

- Muzic.net.nz

As we enter another decade, there's some incredible plans in place for NZ music. Check out the following for a taste of what's going down during 2020:

Auckland four-piece Outside In (pictured) have a promising future ahead of them. Fronted by Mikey Brown, (ex-Crash Test for Favourite Things), they have an exciting debut album Kamatrain dropping during early 2020.

Mental Fatal, a Punk Rock band from Christchurch, have a full-length album in the works, following up from 2019's EP The Virus whilst metallers Forsaken Age have been working with the legendary Dave Rhodes on a new full-length album.

Auckland Hard Rock trio Animalhead are also a band worth watching out for. They will also be releasing their highly-anticipated debut album in early 2020.

Ekko Park have their third album in the works, and it's sure to be just as stunning as their previous releases. 

Favourite Auckland band Coridian (pictured) also have exciting new music on the way, in the form of Eldur, a brilliant new EP which is the third release out of four which focus on the elements. Eldur is set for release in April, and it refers to fire, and the European ancestry of the band.

With their debut album Strange Gods released last year, Auckland's Hunt The Witch have so much more to share. They will be releasing a new single and B-side in 2020.

Alternative Rock must-sees Bad Jones will also have a debut EP out in early 2020, thanks again to Dave Rhodes.

4-piece Rock act Investigator will be tantalising the ears with two new singles - Bad Luck's Shoebox and Younique.

Dunedin musician Darryl Baser will be releasing his sophomore album #Secondselfie in May, while Late To Chelsea are also heading into the studio soon.

Auckland supergroup City of Souls (pictured) will also be releasing their long-awaited and highly-anticipated debut album Synaesthesia in early 2020, bringing with it 15 tracks of absolute rock goodness.

Wellington favourites Curlys Jewels are sure to have another exciting year, with new music due out in mid-2020, while Hazza Making Noise will be making something more than just noise, with a brand new EP expected to drop during 2020.

The Crystal Project will have a couple of singles coming out at the beginning of 2020; God's In The House and Vampires. They're also working towards a follow-up EP to be released later in the year.

Hadees Drudge play Rock to Thrash Metal and everything in between, and they're currently working on their brilliant debut album.

Metal legends Puppeteer will be re-releasing a re-recorded, remixed and remastered version of their first album Tucked In By Brutality, tentatively in the second quarter of 2020, and Deathnir will continue to represent Hamilton Metal with new tracks available this year.

Palmerston North band The Wake Up (pictured) are ready to take on the world with a new single and debut EP coming out this year. Expect to see them performing live this year too.

Wonderful songstress Nadia Reid will be releasing a new album titled Out of My Province on 6 March, 2020.

New Plymouth's Hateseeker will be raising the volume with a new release titled Let's Talk About Death, whereas Hardcore Punk band Starving Millions also have a new album in the works.

Great releases to look out for include Souls of Hades follow-up to 2018's Lay Your Bones; titled All The Filthy Ones, Sycophant's new single Girl You Make Me High due out on February, and Spacejam's Hoochie Coochie which is due out in April 2020.

Social Shun will be representing EDM with the release of his 5th album, while Fiff Dimension are planning to also release new music together with Emit Snake-Beings.

Christchurch favourites The Snake Behaviour (pictured) will be releasing a new EP titled Youthanise. Also keep an eye out for a new solo record from Samuel Keen and This Dark Destiny.

Midnight Manor will also be introducing new music to the world, in the form of their second album Mindful Games. Another one to watch for will be Charlotte Kerrigan, who has a new album heading our way, with the release date tipped to be 28 March 2020.

Wellington Rock acts Bingo Fighter and Lucifer Gunne both have new albums in the works, with a must-see tour also planned for Lucifer Gunne.

LA Thompson also has grand plans, with 10 tracks being released over 12 months (21 tracks over 3 years) along with a new album.

Antebellum are a 3-piece melodic instrumental metal infused rock band from Tauranga, and they will be releasing their debut album Sovereignty on February 6.

Alternative Rock trio from New Plymouth Dark Water (pictured) have been making a name for themselves with performances at G-Taranaki and opening for acts such as Shihad and I Am Giant. They will also have new music out in 2020, starting with their new single (and video) Presence of Fear out 20 February. Recorded at Swamp Shack Studios in New Plymouth and mastered by Crazy Daisy Productions, USA, Presence of Fear is a fast paced song with a strong hook that pulls you in right from the get-go.

Ten24 will be releasing a new single in the first half of the year, and The AndiVerse will have a new album out on 16 March titled Go Kunt.

Artinian have a new single titled Born Again due for release around March, with more songs to follow during the year. Ivy Blue also have fresh new music, and a tour planned for mid-2020.

Other bands and musicians to keep an eye out on include Bulletbelt, Tony Lee, Arrays, Robbie Scott, The artist RED, Bartells, Laura-Mae, Lee Martin, Corez, Luke Pell, Jah Red Lion, Universal Authors and Marina Bloom.

Keep an eye out on Muzic.net.nz for all the latest info on new releases and tours during 2020!

Auckland based band Street Georges started out in 2019 releasing their debut single Running Free during NZ Music month and started performing around Auckland throughout the year. One of the most memorable performances for 2019 was at the Ihumaatao Road Block Gala, playing a few tunes in amongst kapa haka groups and other local artists with an awkward squad of police observing the event while families just enjoyed the community spirit of the day to protect Ihumaatao.

Front man Rich Beckmannflay has been busy writing and road testing new material with an intention to release more music in 2020, the dream is to put out an album and kick off a NZ tour if self funding can stretch far enough.

Live performance is going to be a focus for 2020, trying to make connections with expertise in music promotion and management that will lead to supporting other artists. We hope to play live as much as possible and do more gigs outside of Auckland. There will also be a focus playing as many music festivals who will accept burgeoning new artists into their established lineups.

Street Georges has recently opened a fundraiser supporting the Australian Bushfire appeals in Auckland's North Shore.

Street Georges is Rich Beckmannflay

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