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Stylus

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Stylus' last album Gain Control was released June 10, 2006 on Wildside Records. With 17 tracks of catchy melodies, low-riding grooves and crunching guitars; this album is why your stereo comes with a repeat function!

LAYING THE TRACKS

Gain Control was recorded in Auckland over 2005 and early 2006 at The Lab Studios and York St Studio, Auckland. It was mastered at Sydney’s 301 Studio in May 2006 with legendary mastering engineer Don Bartley. Gain Control was produced, engineered and mixed by award winning band members Paul Matthews (bass) and Dave Rhodes (drums) who have worked with many New Zealand artists including Blindspott, OpShop, Foamy Ed, Redline, Crumb and Tadpole.

THE SONG AND DANCE

For Gain Control, Stylus selected from a large number of songs. "When it came time to make the album we had about 50 ideas we had in demo form," says vocalist Matt Samuels. "Then we wrote about 20 more." "The tracks on Gain Control are the songs we just couldn’t leave off," says Paul Matthews.

New guitarist Aja Timu comes from a heavier background and is both an influence on the songwriting and sound of the new album. "Aja brought a lot of energy to the live show," says Samuels. "It shows on Gain Control." With melodic, crunching riffs illuminating the tracks and savagely intense backup vocals filling out the lyrics, his onstage energy has translated well into the final recording.

LOVING IT LIVE

"We love touring," says Matthews. "We love the experience of meeting people who really like our music. They sing the words to the songs. You realise your music has done what you want it to. To reach people, speak to people, communicate." Stylus have a reputation for tight, energetic performances and look forward to bringing their new show to old and new fans.

HANDLING THE HIP-HOP

Unlike Stylus' debut release Painkillers there is only one rap on Gain Control, the track Never No No featuring Illy. "Our friend Phil (Illy) collaborated on the song Never No No. We originally had more material that sounded like Painkillers but we had moved on," says Matthews. "Music like everything in life is about moving on and trying new things."

STYLUS ON FILM

"I don’t enjoy making videos as much as I do recording and touring," says Matthews. "But I really enjoyed the making of the I Was Alone Until Tonight, our most recent music video, directed by Adam Jones of Zoomslide. It was a lot of fun. We collectively did a lot of the organisation. We had BMX riders, MotoX riders, hot cars and tons of people; some were friends and some were fans that responded to the post on our myspace site. Everyone had a great time and they love seeing themselves on TV."

WORLD CONQUEST

"We worked hard to make this album of an international standard, we want to get licensing deals in as many territories as we can so it was important that the album represented us well," says Matthews. With interest already from Australia and Great Britain it won’t be long before Stylus become a truly international band.

WE WANT OUR MTV

Stylus’ strangest income came all the way from the USA as the band have recently had royalties filter down from the 2004 use of their song Sick Of This on the soundtrack of MTV’s Road Rules Challenge Gauntlet. It was very fittingly used for an ice cream eating competition and has gained the band new fans from the states.

THE HISTORY OF STYLUS

Stylus' debut album Painkillers was released in October of 2003 on Wildside Records and is a refreshing mix of Rock and Funk with Hip-Hop beats and undertones. The album received rave reviews and the radio singles Sick Of This, Backstabbers Incorporated, Never Again and Keep Looking In My Direction (Incredible) have been carving up airwaves on NZ Radio and Music TV ever since. Stylus toured relentlessly including nationwide tours with Alien Ant Farm and Blindspott. Some performance highlights for the band include live shows on TV2’s Top of the Pops and a spot at the Crusty Demons 10th Anniversary show at Western Springs, Auckland.

Band Members:
Matt Samuels (vocals)
Aja Timu (guitar)
Paul Matthews (bass)
Dave Rhodes (drums)
Kenneth Holt

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darren

Joined: 06/08/03
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Stylus Tour Dates-- Hurry last shows
Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 12:40 pm
Nov 10 2006 9:00P
Hysteria Auckland

Nov 16 2006 8:00P
Bar Bodega Wellington

Nov 17 2006 8:00P
The Break Bar Palmerston North

Nov 24 2006 8:30P
Altitude Hamilton

Nov 25 2006 8:00P
The Garden Bar, The New Meeanee Hotel Napier

Dec 2 2006 8:00P
Te Atatu Community Centre - All Ages Te Atatu

www.stylus.net.nz for more info

 

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Stylus 'GAIN CONTROL'
Posted: Tue May 16, 2006 8:33 pm
ALBUM RELEASED 10th JUNE 2006 ON WILDSIDE RECORDS

Stylus celebrate the release of their second album 'GAIN CONTROL’ at the Kings Arms Tavern on Saturday 10th June 2006 with guests - Redline and Mystery Liquid.

Nationwide tour dates to be announced soon.

Recorded at The Lab and York St Studios this self produced and engineered album has been eagerly awaited.

As a follow-up to Stylus’ debut album ‘Painkillers’ (released in 2003) ‘GAIN CONTROL’ has something for everyone. Expected to be the break-through album of 2006 ‘GAIN CONTROL’ has 17 tracks of catchy melodies, low-riding grooves and crunching guitars; this album is why your stereo comes with a repeat function!

The first radio single from this album ‘I Was Alone Until Tonight’ was released in March 2006 and is accompanied by a high octane video with hot cars and burnouts directed by award winning director Adam Jones of Zoomslide Productions.

Paul Matthews and Dave Rhodes need no introduction, as award winning producers and engineers they have worked with many New Zealand artists including Blindspott, Opshop, Foamy Ed, Redline, Crumb and Tadpole. As the rhythm section of Stylus they have brought all their expertise into play to create ‘GAIN CONTROL’.

Guitarist Aja Timu’s influence on this album is clearly heard, with melodic, crunching riffs illuminating the tracks and savagely intense backup vocals giving this album a moodier tone than Stylus’ previous release.

Matt Samuels’ unique vocal quality will be familiar with Stylus fans and he has stepped up another level on this album, with ‘GAIN CONTROL’ capturing his extreme & passionate live performance energy, alongside more reflective, soulful moments.

The proficient but dirty stylings of Paul Matthews on bass, create a throwback funk low end which pounds out the rhythm section alongside the huge drums of Dave Rhodes.

Preorder your copy of ‘GAIN CONTROL’ now from all good record stores and look out for Stylus as they gain control of New Zealand - July 2006.
 

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Coast TV this Friday
Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 11:27 am
Stylus are playing live on Coast TV this Friday. Everyone is welcome to come down and be part of the live studio audience. Its free and all ages so just turn up about 8:45pm, the show finishes at 10:30.

The address is 9-15 Davis Cres, Newmarket, behind the olympic pools. It's behind the park and has a big Maori TV sign. You cant miss it, just walk in and say hi.
 

a49yyy

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question
Posted: Tue Sep 21, 2004 10:21 am
is there stylus' music vedio on store?
 

a49yyy

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stylus is excellent
Posted: Sun Sep 19, 2004 1:47 am
today i went stylus' gig in palmy~~~

oh yeah~

it was excellent!!!!!!!! Cool
 

a49yyy

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RE: what will stylus do?
Posted: Fri Sep 3, 2004 8:51 am
need a ticket entre?
how much does it cost?
 

froggy

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RE: Stylus gigs this summer
Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2004 3:32 pm
Damn that evil stylus77, they are such morons for choosing that name
its like trying to call your self blur44
or mettalica22
or even worse the beatles55
How stupid are they?
Honestly some people.

I am coming to the studio gig listed for the real stylus
so there.
 

Kraven
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RE: what will stylus do?
Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2004 2:40 pm
Guv'nors is on Rangitikei St opposite the National Bank.

It's R18 because Guv'nors is a bar, which has a liquor license and therefore can't admit people under the age of 18.
 

a49yyy

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what will stylus do?
Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2004 2:32 pm
wow~ stylus is coming to palmerston north on september!
i am looking toward to see them there.
but...
where is the "Guvnors"?
i've never heard it b4.
what will happen there? Rolling Eyes
why R18?! sounds exciting eh~ Laughing
 

a49yyy

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RE: Stylus gigs this summer
Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2004 2:25 pm
um... anyway, what does stylus mean?
i am not an english speaker,
and i cant find its meaning when i look it up.
Embarassed
 

stylus

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RE: Stylus gigs this summer
Posted: Sun Aug 15, 2004 7:37 pm
Perhaps you should ask the other band. STYLUS have been using the name since about 1998 and I'm told stylus77 new that when they chose to use the name.
 

a49yyy

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RE: Stylus gigs this summer
Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2004 12:05 am
it is really confusing!!
any reason for using the name "stylus?!"
 

a49yyy

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RE: Stylus, Turn it up
Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2004 12:01 am
really great? the whole album?
i am thinking of buying it.
i am surprised that there r not many kiwis know somthin about stylus.
it was so difficult to find their album in a CD shop!
 

stylus

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Stylus South Island Gigs
Posted: Tue Aug 10, 2004 9:49 am
SOUTH ISLAND TOUR DATES
This week we are heading to the South Island for a few shows.

Wed 11 - The Bowler - Dunedin
Thu 12 - Hard Rock Cafe - Queenstown
Fri 13 - Rocky Cola - Christchurch
Sat 14 - Phat Club - Nelson

We've always had fun and met cool people down there so we're looking forward to catching up with everyone and showing off our new guitarist, Aja.

See you soon.
STYLUS
 

Andrew

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RE: Stylus, Turn it up
Posted: Sun Aug 1, 2004 12:09 am
Yeah the album is very good. I highly recommend it.

You don't hear stylus until you've heard the whole album.
 

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RE: Stylus, Turn it up
Posted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 8:42 pm
Just buy the album, it's great!

$26.95 from SmokeCDs. Or Realgroovy have a second hand copy for $21.95.
 

PictureofPerfection

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Stylus, Turn it up
Posted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 1:42 pm
Hey, what's up? I just want to know if you know where I could download this song.
 

Shade
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Stylus Video Shoot
Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2004 6:30 pm
Stylus have filmed their new video for 'Backstabbers Incorporated'. The video is directed by Adam Jones who made the video for 'Sick Of This'. Stills from the new video are on this site now.

To take a look at stills from the video go here: http://www.wildsiderecords.com/photos.cfm?i=45

An Auckland launch gig for the 'Backstabbers Incorporated' video will take place on Thursday February 5 at Papa Jack's, Vulcan Lane.
 

stylus

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Stylus gigs this summer
Posted: Tue Dec 30, 2003 4:53 pm
Don't be fooled by incorrect advertising around the North Isand. The ONLY gigs Stylus are doing this summer are at Resolution04 and at the Whangamata hotel. Any other gigs you see advertised as Stylus are infact a band from Wellington with a similar name, not Stylus.
 

stylus

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New Years Eve in Whangamata
Posted: Tue Dec 30, 2003 4:46 pm
Stylus are playing at the Whangamata Hotel on New Years Eve with Tadpole, Wash, Crumb, Exit & DJ Bomber

Stylus will be on stage at 8:45 so dont be late.
 

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