7 Dec 2023

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Rita Mae - Gig Review: Rita Mae @ Whammy, Auckland - 5/05/2023

08 May 2023 // A review by Cuillin Hearty

Fresh off her two shows with the legendary Broods, Rita Mae caused a stir at the iconic Whammy Bar in Auckland on Friday night, as she threw her release party for her debut EP Superfeeling. The atmosphere was electric, with excitement in the air as family, friends, and fans eagerly awaited her performance.

Crystal Chen warmed up the evening with some smooth and soulful tracks, including a playful duet with Paige of Michael Jackson's The Girl Is Mine. As the clock ticked past 10pm, Rita hit the stage with the heavy-hitting Real Love. You could feel the support from everyone in the room as Rita announced that the crowd was in for a treat of brand-new tracks, as well as some favourites and numbers from the Superfeeling EP. As promised Rita rolled into unheard track, Cinema, showcasing moody harmonies and rock-and-roll breakdowns. As the embodiment of a grungy pop goddess, Rita stunned the crowd with her iconic vocals, signature look and playful stage presence. The 5th track, fan favourite, Sunny Afternoon, saw the crowd fully immersed, singing back the lyrics and in a synchronized sway. Rita continued with her set, playing SomedayAll By Myself, and another new track, self-proclaimed ‘incredibly needy love song’ Gunpowder. She then slowed things down with The Secret's Out from the EP.

Taking the crowd on a full journey, Rita opted for some acoustic versions of tracks, Hey BlueDeath Song, and Distance Friends, accompanied by her talented sisters Brodie and Gloria, showcasing dreamy three-way harmonies.

Inviting the full band back on stage, for the ‘last song’, the energy soared once again as the crowd bounced to Candy's House. As they left the stage, the crowd chanted, "One More Song" and "F*cking Ey, Rita Mae". The chant worked, and Rita returned to the stage, proclaiming that it might be her favourite one yet. The encore started with the big sound and big vocals of Night Drive, and finally wrapping up with the lead single from the EP., Superfeeling.

Rita's live show is a must-see. With her excited fan base, powerful sound, and great stage presence, especially with the sneak peak of some of the unheard tracks, she's definitely one to watch as she breaks through in the New Zealand music scene, we can’t wait to see what's next.


About Rita Mae

Rita Mae is an exciting talent emerging on the Auckland music scene, her music charged with real emotion and intricate hooks.

Twenty three year-old Rita grew up in Muriwai on Auckland’s wild West Coast. Her parents, especially her late father, Jim Laing (a member of Flying Nun stalwarts JPS Experience) encouraged Rita and her two sisters to write and perform songs from a young age and music surrounded the Laing girls in the tight knit community.

Rita developed her own writing style, allying a unique feel for melody to her emotional

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Rita Mae


Year: 2023
Type: Album

Other Reviews By Cuillin Hearty

Erny Belle - Album Review: Not Your Cupid
10 Nov 2023 // by Cuillin Hearty
Erny Belle brings us yet another stunning piece of work in the form of Not Your Cupid, Belle’s sophomore album.The album opens with Bowman, a mesmerising musical composition featuring the sitar.
Lizard Prom - EP Review: Thanks For Everything I Had A Wonderful Time
06 Nov 2023 // by Cuillin Hearty
Lizard Prom's EP, Thanks For Everything I Had A Wonderful Time, is a captivating dive into the moody, atmospheric realm of rock music, characterised by dreamy textures and an undercurrent of aggression. With five tracks that deliver chaotic and hypnotic qualities, this EP is a noteworthy addition to the Aotearoa (New Zealand) music scene.
Dr.Reknaw - EP Review: Portal
31 Aug 2023 // by Cuillin Hearty
After an almost two-year hiatus, Dr.Reknaw makes a triumphant return with their latest enchanting EP, Portal.
Gig Review: Coast Arcade @ Big Fan, Auckland - 27/05/2023
29 May 2023 // by Cuillin Hearty
Heading into Auckland's freshest venue, Big Fan, there’s an electrifying buzz in the air ahead of a night of celebrating the release of Coast Arcade's debut EP Next to Me. The show is sold out, and it boasts one of the most diverse age ranges I've seen at a concert in a long time.
View All Articles By Cuillin Hearty

NZ Top 10 Singles

    Jack Harlow
    Tate McRae
    Doja Cat
    Doja Cat
    Teddy Swims
    Kenya Grace
    Ocean Alley
    Taylor Swift
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem