Keelan Ransfield and Kimo Winiata (lead vocals, composers), Manawahine & Johanna Tango (vocals), John ‘Bones’ Grace (bass), Chris ‘Rasta’ Wilson(rhythm and lead guitar). Nō te tau 1996 ka whānau te roopu nei a IWI. Ko tōnā pūtake he whakanui i te reo Māori me ngā kaupapa o te ao Māori. Ko Kimo Winiata rāua ko [...]
In a study that will no doubt delight the reddit community and provide geriatrics with ammunition in their war against ‘the racket kids are listening to these days’, contemporary pop music has been found to be more dull and unoriginal than the pop music of yesteryear. Isn’t it amazing what science can quantify!
I have been an enthusiastic Unwound fanboy for just over three years. Having spent that long lamenting the obscurity in which they languish, I feel honour-bound to grant them the exposure they deserve. Unwound formed as a trio in 1991, with their core line-up consisting of a vocalist/guitarist, a bassist and a drummer. Compensating for their lack [...]
Watershed moments come few and far between for musical genres. 19 days ago the notoriously homophobic hip-hop and R&B had one of those moments, when Frank Ocean became the first major artist to come out, revealing himself to be bisexual through a beautifully poetic letter posted on his Tumblr page. The coming out of Frank [...]
Die!Die!Die! are one of the few contemporary New Zealand bands that need little preamble. In the course of their illustrious career they have produced a consistently excellent oeuvre of noise-pop nuggets; they’ve toured Europe and the Americas; they’ve worked alongside Steve Albini (who in turn has worked with the moderately well-known Nirvana, say, and The Pixies).
Since 2010’s Forget, Twin Shadow—the brainchild of George Lewis Jr.—has found another gear. In Confess, Lewis’ has developed, diversified, and found a sound than was never present in his debut. The album opens with the totemic ‘Golden Light’, powerful drums and synths which give way to heavily distorted guitars in the next track. The combined [...]
Wellington rapper Paul Williams got himself a tad lost on the way to the VBC, so I told him not to talk to strangers and tracked him down. Paul has made a name for himself over the past few years with his distinctive local take on the hip-hop genre. With a strong kiwi accent and [...]