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Hazards of Swimming Naked – Our Live’s Are Down (2021 Re-issue)

Format: CD, Album Country: Australia Time 55:6 Original Release 2009 Private Press Reissued 2021 http://www.hazardsofswimmingnaked.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/hazardsofswimmingnaked/ Style: Post Progressive Rock It seems, that these days, the catalogue of...

Lee Ainsley’s Blue Storm : Evolution (2021)

Epictronic records 40:32 Home - Lee Ainley's Blues Storm bluesstorm.co.uk facebook.com Rating 80/100 Although, not yet a household name in rock circles, Lee Ainley’s Blue Storm are certainly one of the UK’s best blues-based bands currently treading the boards. An...

Catfish –Get Down / Catfish Live

BGO Records  Country Rock and Blues www.bgo-records.com https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=bgo%20records CD 1 44:50    CD2  45:04 Rating 75/100 This is, on the whole, a fairly interesting double-album re-release from BGO Records featuring the 1970s band “Catfish...

Cairo – Say 2016

UK Heavy Foot Label CD 61:36 mins cairorocks.com www.facebook.com/cairorocks Rating 80/100 “Cairo” formed in 2016 is the brainwave of Rob Cottingham keyboard maestro and former member of UK Progressive Band “Touchstone”. Their debut album entitled “Say” replicates, to...

Ravenhall: The Coming Storm (2021)

Ravenhall were formed by guitarist Joe Ravenhall and singer Chris Brebner in 2015. They were both already veterans of the Auckland scene and wanted to perform music which concentrated on the power of acoustic guitar, wonderful vocals, plus some gentle electronic...

On Tick: Nothing New (2021) single

On Tick is the brainchild of brothers Brendan (vocals and drums) and Aidan O'Loughlin (vocals, guitar), and was formed from the ashes of their previous musical outfit, Evil Tomato, who began as a band in 2012. They came across 5-string bassist Matt Hammond when they...

Glass Throne: Glass Throne (2021) single

Glass Throne are an Auckland-based power trio comprising Justin Robinson (lead vocals, bass, guitar), Owen McKibbin (guitar, organ, backing vocals) and Daniel Cutfield (drums, percussion, backing vocals). I have managed to catch them play live a few times over the...

Power the Light: Snowing (2021) single

Power The Light is Max Roskilly, an 18-year-old musician who is based in Auckland, and has been self-releasing music for the last four years already, including the album Blueprints a while back. This is his second single in recent months, following on from Skys where...

Diehards of Deep Dish: Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (2021)

There is a long history of band members using pseudonyms, with Ramones probably being the most famous, and here we have a band who use pseudonyms for their pseudonyms, so we have Cheese (Joey Provolone), Tomato (Ryley Base), Wheat (Beef Richards), Mushrooms...

This Silent Divide: Lucinda (2021) single

Formed in 2018, Wellington-based melodic rock band {This Silent Divide} comprise Shaun Jones (vocals, guitar), Kieran Williams (lead guitar, backing vocals), Peter Stitt (bass, backing vocals), and Sunil Jolly (drums). Lucinda is the first single from their...
Amber Weekes: ‘Round Midnight – Re-Imagined (2021)

Amber Weekes: ‘Round Midnight – Re-Imagined (2021)

Apparently, this album was originally released in 2002 as a promo for clubs and festivals, telling stories which Weekes heard when growing up. It has now been remixed, remastered and re-orchestrated, and made available to the wider public. Her paternal grandparents...

Swerve City: Moving Pictures (2021) single

Swerve City: Moving Pictures (2021) single

It was only when I was asked to review the new Swerve City single that I realised I still hadn’t reviewed the previous one! That’s what happens when I am not organised enough, but given I always have too much to write about and not enough time to listen and write then...

Mudbelly: Mudbelly (2020)

Mudbelly: Mudbelly (2020)

Earlier this year I ventured out in the middle of a severe weather warning into the centre of Christchurch to see Mudbelly at their album launch gig. The band had waited a long time to put on the show, as although the album was recorded the previous year, there had...

Crowded House: Dreamers Are Waiting (2021)

Crowded House: Dreamers Are Waiting (2021)

For those outside Aotearoa, it is hard to describe just how important the name “Finn” is within our musical world. For us it means Tim, the visionary who brought us Split Enz, who then roped his younger brother into the band. When that group broke up Neil went on to...

Alien Weaponry: Tangaroa (2021)

Alien Weaponry: Tangaroa (2021)

There is no doubt whatsoever that Alien Weaponry have captured the imagination not only of the New Zealand public, but metalheads worldwide, with their combination of groove and thrash metal mixing with their Māori heritage to create something very special indeed....

Domingo Candelario: Sin Palabras (2021)

Domingo Candelario: Sin Palabras (2021)

Although there is always a very Cuban base to his music, Domingo has covered many different styles, as he transcends culture and language: music is about expressing emotions honestly and he tries to be as unique as he can. As a child, his parents listened to a lot of...

Glenn Bodger : I’ll Leave The Light On (2021)

Glenn Bodger : I’ll Leave The Light On (2021)

Here we have the debut solo album from Glenn Bodger, who provided most of the instrumentation himself, although he has also been assisted by former Braintree bandmate Darryn Harkness, who helped with additional guitar, bass and keyboards where required. From the...

Samantha Josephine: Fly Bird Fly (2021)

Samantha Josephine: Fly Bird Fly (2021)

This six-track EP is less than 13 minutes long, but in many ways that makes total sense, as there is a feeling within this that we are being allowed into a secret and very personal world and that it would be intrusive to stay for too long. One can imagine Samantha...

Secrets of the Sun: Obon (2021)

Secrets of the Sun: Obon (2021)

Obon is the debut album from alternative metal band {Secrets of the Sun}, a quartet based in Wellington. It has been a while in the making, in that the first single, Suffer With The Moon, was actually released a year ago while Wretched Tracks came out in February:...

Black Alpine: Black Alpine (2021)

Black Alpine: Black Alpine (2021)

The very first time I looked at the cover of this album I was reminded of Deep Purple’s In Rock, as even though that was a stylised version of Mount Rushmore, there we had dudes with long hair playing Seventies hard rock and that is the same here. I mean, we even have...

Empress: Trash Dynasty (2021)

Empress: Trash Dynasty (2021)

{Empress} were formed by guitarist/singer Lora Thompson and drummer Craig Gilliver after the demise of their previous project, {Cheshire Grimm} with whom they toured the length of NZ, played with international acts and local superstars, as well as releasing material...

Tempist Fujit: Fallen (2021) single

Tempist Fujit: Fallen (2021) single

It has been a few years since Northland quartet {Tempist Fujit} (yes, the spelling is quite deliberate) have released a single, but they are back with Fallen, which is a great introduction to the band for anyone who has yet to come across them. The band are a hard...

Roulettes: Demosphere (2021)

Roulettes: Demosphere (2021)

One may be able to discern from the title that the latest release from Roulettes (they dropped the “The” a while back) is taken from a series of demoes and home recordings. Since forming the band in the early 2000’s there have been some additional musicians here and...

Venom Dolls: The Venom Dolls (2021)

Venom Dolls: The Venom Dolls (2021)

Venom Dolls are an all-female indie punk trio who formed at the end of last year, and comprise lead guitarist Carawai Gao, drummer Summah Auvae, and vocalist/bassist Jessica Frank. From looking at their photos I can see they have played Dead Witch, so I am going to...

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