Vassafor is the project of Phil Kusabs (also a touring member of Blasphemy and oddly enough one time member of Flying Nun band, The Chills) who writes, produces and engineers their work. Emotive, dark, ritualistic and intelligent metal that I’ve been enamoured with since seeing them open for Mayhem earlier this year. Beautiful scary, and […]
The Tokey Tones are the recording project of Scott Mannion and Li Ming Hu. The two mini albums, Caterpillar and Butterfly, were released simultaneously in 2003 and were a big influence on me in my teenage years. Mannion tinkered with old pump organs, celestes, glockenspiels, and analog synthesizers for a few years before completing these […]
The Eversons are a new band from Wellington, New Zealand, who released a free EP on Lil’ Chief Records earlier this year. They give nods to smart, 60s-inspired pop like the Modern Lovers (heavy use of call and response back up vox), but are also clearly inspired by 90s ‘indie guitar’ bands like Pavement and […]
From outside of Wellington comes a very young bedroom producer who makes his own magical brand of sexy Italo disco while also creating his own album art and animating his own music videos. He will often sing female-style backup vocals in falsetto and shred hair metal guitar solos over his beats. The majority of New […]
Distasteradio is a New Zealand-based explosive one man synth monster. I saw him earlier this year, and ended up going to a second show, just for the energy. It’s super high energy 80s synth pop (complete with vocoder vocals) , or like a Casio keyboard demo on speed. You just can’t be in a bad […]
After a few years of playing live as a collective, Wellington-based Force Fields have recorded and released a very solid debut album, Golden Walls. The lyrics of vocalist Paul Wedel are usually unsung and breathy, producing a pleasantly light, airy and pensive sound. The catchy Momentum and Flying West are my album picks.
What’s with all this epic music being created by Kiwis of late? First Ghost Wave and now Cool Cult. I’m getting really addicted to New Zealand’s indie scene, particularly this track, Gold Dream. It’s my modern day My Bloody Valentine fix mixed with something I quite can’t put my finger on. Yew!
Awesome new video from New Zealand band, The Naked And Famous, for their single Young Blood. Bandmates Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith met at music college and have since become the most exciting musical export out of New Zealand since The Brunettes.