Monday, March 30, 2009

Pumice

Stefan Neville’s Pumice work throughout its ten year plus existence, remains as one of the most relevant and prolific in the New Zealand experimental music scene, and undeniably significant in the psych/outsider/free folk scenario. Although Pumice has always had charm in the ways of ramshackle pop and dusted lo-fi noise excursions, his work has shifted into different sonorities and styles from the mid nineties to the present time.
photos courtesy of Jen French





Thanks to Lucy-My-Control for her photos of the Wgton gig

Auckland - March 12th, Grouper and Pumice

Grouper (Portland) is the project of Liz Harris. In a short space of time, Grouper has become the name on the lips of the underground music world having captured hearts worldwide with her distinct blend of noise, ambience and a dream-pop sensibility. She submerges her songs in a shimmering haze of hiss, looping chorals and decomposed guitar feedback, but somewhere in there you can hear the ghosts of My Bloody Valentine or possibly Slowdive.
photos courtesy of Jen French







Thanks to lucy-my-control for the wgton photos

Mr HayDay

Imagine the Teletubbies dropping acid while locked in a studio created by imaginative movie director Michael Gondry and you come close to just how infectious Mr Hayday is. Full of synth riffs, wonky squelches and electronic experiments that will put a smile on your face and a skip in your step almost instantly.
Photos courtesy of Jen French





Disasteradio

Consisting of just one man, Luke Rowell, Disasteradio is a warped combination of 80's synth pop mixed up with the latest electro sounds of today.
Since befriending the first family computer (the Commodore 64) at age 6, Luke has been fascinated with the possibilities of synthesizer sounds and pop melody. Somewhere in a bedroom deep in the Hutt Valley, Luke Rowell and Computer, better known as DISASTERADIO, have put together around 150 songs on 6 albums and sometimes leaving said bedroom, touring nine times and taking in close to 200 shows.
Photos courtesy of Jen French







Auckland - March 4th at Cassette

Gudrun Gut, Disasteradio and Mr Hayday
Photos courtesy of Jen French

GUDRUN BUT (BERLIN)
Gudrun currently runs the Berlin-based Monika Enterprise Label, was an early member of Einst├╝rzende Neubauten and most famously founded the 1980s band Malaria!
Gut became practically a thread unto herself in Berlin's underground art and music scenes. She explored cross-sections of new wave, techno, spoken word, multimedia art, and experimental rock in bands like Mania D, Matador, and Project Miasma. There have been film scores, radio plays, videos projects, gallery exhibitions, remixes, a record label, DJ gigs, and the eclectic, collective radio show "The Ocean Club".
Featured in prestigious UK magazine ‘The Wire’ recently:
“This is a story about a’ geniale dilettante’; a punk and a No Waver and an early adopter of computer pop; a girl from German heatherlands who moved to Berlin to become one of the city’s central figures – feminist agitator, festival organizer, entrepreneur. Plus of course musician, performance artist, DJ, radio presenter, club organizer, cultural ambassador and label owner. She has done all of this largely by maintaining her independence. Not in the rejectionist strain that characterizes knee-jerk American individualism, but rather by creating and attending to niches and spaces of possibility in the interstices and the margins.”








Auckland - Feb 21st at the Cross St Studios. Tenniscoats and Xe

Tokyo's Tenniscoats centre around the duo of Saya and Taskashi Ueno, a married couple who have been making music since 2000, and together run the highly regarded Japanese label Majikick Records.Tenniscoats manage to reign in the sounds of the avant-garde and knit them into accessible and wonderfully listenable vignettes in which you find yourself going back to again and again. Their starting point is pop songs, but with a staggeringly free approach: psychedelic folk tunes, complex instrumentals and short pop jewels side by side, everything is possible
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Xe
The first performance of the new group Xe, comprised of Rachel Shearer, Sean O'Reilly, Guy Treadgold and Dean Roberts.
Voice and data, negative realm. Ice crystals in the morning sand, pacific endless and awake on the other side of awake. Black holes are friendly, space between stars is not. Historically, about songs about cats coming in from the hailstorm, about hailstorms themselves, and one endless smoke. About hands full of noise to give to silence, stacking pebbles in a bell. About the hammer, the pick, the glass and the stairs. About single tone, dry reed, thin cipher oppressive sky. About post dangerous lifestyles, pre extinguishing blips along the event horizon