Toy Love at the Windsor

The eardrums pound with the sheer power of it all. When Toy Love play, pal, the energy is relentless. The songs are rarely over three minutes lon...

Where Do You Go Now My Lovelies - Borich Raps To Colbert

Kevin Borich is guitarist, writer of music, writer of words, and singer – in that descending order of skill – for The La De Da’s,...

Spit On Trend – 1980s New Zealand punk fanzines

The music fanzine, that constant companion, confidant and often-stern ideologue of contemporary rock and roll movements, came to increased prominen...

Prime evil rock

There’s an interesting assortment of people here tonight at Auckland’s Mainstreet nightclub. Philip Mills, relatively new to this type ...

Wine Cellar and Whammy Bar

The Wine Cellar and Whammy Bar have both become well-loved landmarks within the live music scene in Auckland over the past decade, especially when ...

The No Tag/ Dead Kennedys connection

Many New Zealand bands have contacts with international artists, and No Tag were lucky enough to form a bond with Jello Biafra, singer of the Dea...

Q&A with David Dallas

Alexander Bisley talks with David Dallas. AB: There’s heaps I relate to in ‘Till Tomorrow’. Have any of the lyrics in that been ...

Richard Watts on Wellington punk days, early to mid 1980s

This story first appeared on Andrew Schmidt’s Mysterex blog. -- Andrew Schmidt talks to Richard Watts about his early to mid 1980s Wellingt...

Christine Smith

New Plymouth Scene 2007-2015 - it’s the Vinyl Countdown

Brian Wafer, 2015 The beginning of New Plymouth’s musical renaissance began quietly enough, and once again Brian Wafer was the catalyst fo...

Sarang Bang Records

Rick Bryant’s glory days at the Gluepot

For musicians, playing the Gluepot meant you'd made the grade. When you actually live in pubs for a period of years, moving every couple of days, w...

The Idle Idols

The Soul Mine

There's a mildly amusing moment in the film adaptation of Nick Hornby's High Fidelity when a perfectly reasonable query from a bewildered reco...

Evasive Action

Musical siblings - three or four of a kind

NZ musicians certainly like to keep it in the family, with (at last count) 38 sets of sibling pairs. That’s a fairly substantial list, but wh...

Wellington alternative music venues 1978-82

In Roger Watkins’ book on the Wellington bands of the 60s and early 70s, When Rock Got Rolling, there’s a map showing the locations of ...

Murray Grindlay

When The Cat's Away, Onetangi, Waiheke, 2001

From the lens and collection of Mark Roach comes this selection of When The Cat's Away photographs taken on Waiheke Island late 2001. The band...

Andrew Spittle

Roi Colbert on Lutha

The following appeared in New Zealand Rolling Stone, May 24 1973.   – "If we played what we wanted to we wouldn't be able to live fr...

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Top 10 songs about the sea

Across The Line Wellington Sea Shanty Society (original 1850s, this version 2013) It seems appropriate to start this list with a song that marks ...

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When The Cat's Away

There was no Svengali behind the five young female vocalists deciding to go on stage together. It was their own concept, inspired by a chance meeti...

Pacific Underground

New Plymouth scene 1987-2007 - thirsty work

In the first part of this overview we looked at New Plymouth's rock and alternative scene from 1980 to 1987. The story continues … -- Asid...

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Stellar*

The roots of the band lay in mid-to-late-80s Christchurch, where drummer Andrew Maclaren was introduced to Boh Runga as a potential vocalist for hi...