London’s The Clientele don’t really make overly gripping music. Granted, their soft mix of wistful pop does get the ol’ feet tapping away at times, but most of the time the band sounds like an old man sighing in an armchair, weary with his days.
It’s all going on with The Black Seeds. This month has seen an onslaught of exciting news. News that shall take them overseas, climbing up the ladder of international success. Their innovative fusion of reggae, dub, soul and ska has been sophistically reworked into their new album Into The Dojo.
Student life generally entails sleeping in (unless, of course, there are lectures to attend), maybe after staying up until 5am due to a hard night of $3 handles. Not so for Murdoch Stephens, host of the VBC’s breakfast show, who gets up at 6:15 am to do his 7-10am show, Monday through to Friday.
A New Sound That Drives Home Buckle up as Grand Prix have slammed their foot down again with their new album Terraplane Twilight. These Wellington based alternative country rockers have had a bit of a shake up to the original duo, creating a bolder more mature album.
It’s not often that a band’s first public performance ends with such pleasing results as Fanuc Man’s. In the recent Wellington Student Battle of the Bands, three highly surprised Victoria music students took out first place, earning a spot at this weeks re-orientation.
That pretty much sums it up. That’s all you need to know. Just put down the magazine and go get your hands on this thing. It’s good.
Wellington-based photographer Sean Aickin is currently exhibiting some of his best live gig photos of New Zealand bands at the San Fran Bathhouse, in an exhibition called Sounds Like a Blur .
Equal parts organic, orchestral and extraterrestrial; Volta blends found sounds, string sections and synths in an aesthetically pleasing manner. The album is less abstract than much of Bjork’s recent work, with ships horns, running water and marching feet tying these tracks to the real world.
This week in reviews was rather uneventful. Myself and the VBC’s Doug Téreu were roped into judging the heats for the student battle of the bands on Wednesday night at the Massey Tussock bar, then I checked out the finals on the Friday night.