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Newsletter Issue #66: 18 Sep 2005

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And the winners are...

Lots of awards and nominations that have been announced over the past few weeks that deserve a mention….

Fresh from picking up an APRA Silver Scroll, Evermore have earned multiple nominations for Australia's annual Music Awards, the ARIAs, on October 23. Shihad has also been nominated for Best Rock Album for 'Love Is The New Hate'

Composer Ross Harris was congratulated for opening up ‘a whole new world of tuba sound!’ when he was announced as the winner of the 2005 SOUNZ Contemporary Award for his Labyrinth, for tuba and orchestra.

The award and trophy were announced and presented by Arts Minister, the Rt. Hon. Helen Clark at the APRA Awards held in Auckland on Monday 12th October. Labyrinth was the first of twelve works commissioned by the NZSO pairing a New Zealand composer with one of their principal players. It was premiered by the orchestra in October 2004.

Also after over nine weeks of heats, semi finals and regional finals, the World Battle of the Bands, in association with Woodstock and C4 Water, has found artists from around the country to compete at this years national final, which will be held on Friday 7th October at Galatos in Auckland.

The finalists are:

- Auckland, Central - The Twitch
- Auckland, West - Remains Of A Day
- Auckland, East - International Flannel
- Auckland, North - Epitome
- Auckland, South - Vital Clue
- Waikato/Bay of Plenty - Slipping Tongue
- Taranaki/Manawatu/Hawkes Bay - Agent
- Wellington - Assorted Sweets
- Canterbury/Marlborough - Neavus
- Otago/Southland - Six Gun Lover

Congratulations to all finalists and make sure you catch the Finals on the 7th October.

And last but not least, a few gigs I have to mention,

22nd September, yes this Thursday, if you’re out and about in Auckland, come along to Edens Bar down K Rd for a wicked rock and punk night. Great bands like The Twitch, Amperzahn, The Debutantes and Badd Antix will be rocking out providing some top class entertainment. $5 to get in so still enough left over to have a few!

6th October, your very own hard working, dedicated to NZ music website, MUZIC.NET.NZ are having their 5th birthday party gig at the Studio down K RD. And its only $5 entry!!! With a line up like Cold By Winter, Epitome, Ruptus Jack, 5th Threat, Quarter 2 and My Dearest, your five bucks definitely won’t be wasted! Come along and support this gig, as this website has supported NZ music for 5 years running and done a damn good job!

7th October, there are a lot! Of quality gigs on this night! Seems to be a very popular Friday! Just to mention a few (which are all in walking distance from each other) – Edens Bar has Mission Gizzard, Eqwanox, Not Ok + more playing for $5. Galatos has the Battle of the Bands Finals, check www.worldbattleofthebands.com for ticket details.

And The Studio has the 95bfm gig with The Bleeders first show back in NZ since completing their recording over in the states and playing various shows in London. City Newton Bombers, The Larry Normans and Cobra Khan will also be playing. The show is all ages and presale tickets are $15, which you can get from Real Groovy or Ticketek.

So plenty of things to look forward to over the next couple weeks! Hope you have had a nice weekend! With all the rain and coldness!! Just shows what color the grass will turn and which party of the same color should be number one!

That’s all from me, have a good one.


Which NZ artist/band do you think will be a huge international success one day?
It is hard to pick one because there is so much awesome talent in this country, Exit is a band that really impressed me lately I think they could do very well on the international pop/rock stage.  Their songs are well thought out and catchy.

Who would you most like to tour with?
Steriogram who I am very much into, Elemeno P have a really cool vibe, it would be a good night playing with them.

What is your most embarrassing concert moment?
When our vocalist Matt got up on top of the bar and did the windmill (use your imagination), I'm not sure it was that embarassing as it was hilarious.

What are you planning on doing during 2005?
With taking on Darren Common from JigSaw Music and being signed to the label, things are really picking up for us. We will try to squeeze a single and video release out by the end of the year.  We will continue working on our live act and coming up with cool new songs.

How did you come up with the name Alouysius?
Alouysius is a character in a book "Scarecrow" written by Matthew Reilly, his code name is Black Knight.

What is in your CD collection at home?
I am actually quite old Skool, but I am heavily influenced by Tool, Limp Bizkit, Primus and Britney Spears....  ....well not Britney actually.

What advice would you give other budding musicians/bands?
Experiment with your sound, keep trying new things.  Don't worry about other peoples opinions, if you like it, it's cool.

For more information on Alouysius (Al-oo-wish-us), check out www.jigsawmusic.co.nz.


Which NZ artist/band do you think will be a huge international success one day?
The Datsuns.

Who would you most like to tour with?

What is your most embarrassing concert moment?
Voming on a Mic.

What are you planning on doing during 2005?
Finish our Album.

How did you come up with the name Fuser?
Threw words out until 1 stuck.

What is in your CD collection at home?
Bit of everything.

What advice would you give other budding musicians/bands?
Don't quit on your dreams.

For more information on Fuser, you'll want to look them up here on muzic.net.nz.

All answers to interview questions above are accurate as submitted by the bands or their management. muzic.net.nz undertakes minor editing to correct layout for this newsletter only. If you're interesting in your band featuring here, please get in touch with us.

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