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VOLUME kicked off the first week of the Rugby World Cup by bringing together 115 combined years of footie knowledge in the form of Keith Quinn and Jordan Luck in conversation for Talking Heads, a chance for two rugby scholars to wax lyrical on our beautiful game. These two iconic voices of New Zealand sport and music were heard throughout the next six weeks of the tournament, Quinn commentating the games on Maori Television and Luck’s voice ringing out in stadiums courtesy of ‘Why Does Love Do This to Me’, which fought for airtime with Black Eyed Peas’ god-awful ‘I Gotta Feeling’. Whatever happened to the Peas’ rumoured/ threatened final’s appearance, anyway? THE AB’S WIN is now behind us, and the team free to return to contract negotiations and Twitter accounts (seen Piri planking police vehicles at @PiriWeepu1049?) But before you go purchasing an overpriced jersey or adding to your commemorative spoons collection, we’ve got an alternative. The cover artist behind last week’s Flying Nun special issue and unlikely footie fan, Henrietta Harris, has commemorated the Webb Ellis Cup returning to its rightful home with an illustration of a cool, calm Piri Weepu lining up a conversion – presumably one from the Argentina game and not the finals, where he didn’t keep as calm as we’d hoped (any chance of a print of Stephen Donald whitebaiting, Henrietta?) Weepu is Henrietta Harris’ favourite All Black – as she tells it: “he looks like a toddler with a beard.” She’s produced some A4 prints of her Piri Weepu watercolour, and hand signed ’em ready for delivery. Email her at for your very own slice of the win.

EDITOR: Sam Wicks WEB EDITOR: Hugh Sundae DEPARTMENT OF VOLUME SALES: John Baker DESIGN: Xanthe Williams WRITERS: John Baker, Day Barnes, Tim Blackman, David Carroll, Dean Campbell, Duncan Greive, Jessica Hansell, Matt Hyde, Joe Nunweek, Hugh Sundae, Dan Trevarthen, Kit Walker, Aaron Yap PHOTOGRAPHERS: Levi Beamish, Milana Radojcic, Kristianna Smith AN APN PUBLICATION


How does it feel to be involved in Dragon’s induction into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame this week? It’s a great honour! What’s the first Dragon song you heard? I’m pretty sure it was ‘April Sun in Cuba’. I remember being really impressed with the platform boots Marc Hunter was wearing in the video. It may actually have subconsciously inspired me to wear snowboarding boots in the ‘Here Comes the Supergroove’ video.   Did Dragon’s legend loom large on the mean streets of Ponsonby in your youth? We were self-obsessed youngsters too concerned with creating our own legend at the time, but these days it’s very flattering to be considered a ‘Ponsonby band’. I only just recently learned the location of the Mandrax Mansion!   Dragon were hellraisers in their day. Could Supergroove hold their own in the hellraising stakes? They would crush us, although our attempt to get wasted on nutmeg was legend. Nick Atkinson actually went momentarily blind.   If Supergroove is ushered into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in the future, which act would you pick to cover one of the band’s songs and why? That is a really tough one. I reckon Kora would do something really interesting. It’s important that they can bridge the gap between Pantera and Grandmaster Flash.   Supergroove will induct Dragon into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame on Thursday at the RIANZ Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

A line-up that includes Ladi6, Tiki Taane, Supergroove and The Naked and Famous will descend on Vector Arena for the 46th annual RIANZ Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards on Thursday. We’ve got two double passes to give away – email loot@volumemagazine. and let us know your favourite retooling of The Naked and Famous’ ‘Young Blood’ for your chance to win. And no, we didn’t dig Jessie J’s version either.

you have to have a passion for. You can’t specialise in music law at a university level – I think DAVID MCLAUGHLIN – there might be one paper that’s MUSIC LAWYER taught at Waikato University’s A music lawyer is responsible summer school now. Because the for drafting and negotiating music industry’s in a state of contracts and other constant change, the deal that arrangements that musicians you do today won’t necessarily be come across in the entertainment the deal you do tomorrow. That’s industry. I mostly deal with a challenge, and it’s also the most copyright, contracts and disputes. exciting part of the job because It’s hard in a country like New you get to be more creative, as Zealand because it’s a smaller opposed to just reviewing the same market, so it’s something that old thing time and time again.

SEND ME A POSTCARD Tim Blackman’s new album Everyone Needs Something To Hold On To is out now on Home Alone Music/Border Music. He plays a one-off show supporting Bond Street Bridge and Luckless at Wellington venue Happy on Friday 25 November.

I’D LIKE TO THANK GOD AND THE ACADEMY… If you do end up winning something at the New Zealand Music Awards, you can’t win. We’re a tough crowd. ONCE THE AWARD presenter – TV, radio host, maybe even an All Black – reads out your name, the first problem is looking surprised. Then, with Vector Arena, you’ve got such a long way to walk up to the stage that you overthink what you’re going to say. By the time Ben Boyce hands you the mic (and you make a crack about how it’s great that he made bail) and Shannon Ryan kisses you on the cheek, you’ve either lost your train of thought or, worse, you’ve convinced yourself that your shit opening line isn’t shit. My analysis on those who win at the Music Awards (or any awards for that matter) may seem uncannily accurate, but I’ve actually never won anything. Like actual comedy, this routine is based on observation.

“Are you going to also tell Samuel Scott that The Phoenix Foundation has the blood of a thousand orphan garage rock bands on his hands?” Who’d want to win a Music Award in front of all those people? If you write a speech, we hate you; if you wing it, you will probably forget to thank someone or start rambling, and then we come to hate you. From time to time someone actually does pull off a good speech that appeals to industry types, fans and even hipsters, but then we probably don’t like your music so we’re not really sure what to think. We can crack jokes about the more commercial nominees and wonder what a ‘Roots Album’ is till the cows come home. You can roll your eyes at how well TVNZ jingles did this year, but are you going to also tell Samuel Scott that The Phoenix Foundation

MORE GRAVY (who, when counting technical awards, got more nominations than anyone else last year) has the blood of a thousand orphan garage rock bands on his hands? Swings and roundabouts. At the technical awards presentation a little while back I bumped into Olly Harmer (who won Best Engineer along with Thom Powers and Aaron Short from The Naked and Famous) and Nick Keller who got the Tui for the Beastwars album cover. They were both beaming with happiness, and I’m not going to sully that just because a few other categories contain oddities. What I do think is a shame is that they can’t accept their award on the night like everyone else. We’re only talking three awards here – would it really make that much of a difference to have them on the same night? If it’s a time issue, how about losing the highest selling album and single categories. If you’ve sold that many, isn’t that reward enough?

Good Lord, what a busy old week. From today we’re premiering the new video from Scratch 22 – ‘Medicine Man’. Director Bob Van Der Wall obviously has access to a treadmill at a reasonable rate – he’s used one for the second time in as many videos. Check it out (and Scratch 22’s cover of ‘Nothing To Lose’ from the Silver Scrolls if you haven’t seen it already) at Thursday is the New Zealand Music Awards (apparently it’s also the final of MasterChef Australia but that’s what MySky is for). We’ll be bringing you everything you want, and some things you don’t. I’ll be down there in the days leading up sticking cameras in dressing rooms to try to find pointless chitchat, and on the night we’ll be live blogging the results (and critiquing the speeches) as they happen – musicawards. Speaking of the Tuis, it seems like only a year ago Gin Wigmore strutted the red carpet with an outfit so frilly she got caught up in a crew member. Clothing aside, we’re streaming her new album Gravel & Wine all week at

RECLOOSE Detroit native Matthew ‘Recloose’ Chicoine and Christchurch-born producer Isaac Aesili have made music together in the Recloose live band, The Starblazers, spun records alongside each other, and continued to seek out new territories to have their own music heard. The electronicfunk brothers-in-arms talked about musical migrations and the connections between Detroit, Germany and New Zealand for Talking Heads. Photography Milana Radojcic

ISAAC AESILI: It was interesting to me as a Kiwi with limited access to techno music when I was trying to discover music ’cause it was the pre-Google days. I think my first indulgence in techno music was reading in a magazine that a record called ‘Strings of Life’ was important. That’s Derrick May, right?

RECLOOSE: Yup. I went and bought the record; it happened to be in Galaxy [Records]. It didn’t make sense, and I regretted buying it. But I was listening to a lot of UK speed garage at the time and soulful house music. Do you think that dance music and electronic music made more sense coming through the filter of the UK a little bit because of the cultural connection? I think for Kiwis, definitely – that’s what we’re exposed to mostly. I think it was 2004 Fat Freddy’s Drop played the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, now known as Movement – I was talking to Dallas [Tamaira] about it, and he was really affected by his drive into the city and the cab driver banging techno music, which is actually not a very typical thing. Techno music is not championed in Detroit, but he said that for him that’s the first time that that really electronic, melancholic techno-funk made sense to him, and he could put the music to the environment – even just visually. When you roll into that city, it clicks. If you’re in [New Zealand], it doesn’t make sense – reggae makes sense.

Techno isn’t ‘natural’ to New Zealand, and especially considering our music backgrounds and what popular culture we’re into, it didn’t really click. It took me a long time to actually dig it, and it wasn’t until I went to Red Bull Music Academy 2005 in Seattle and then I heard some people playing stuff that blew my mind and checked Underground Resistance – saw them lecture and do a show, and then I was like, ‘Bam!’ There’s been a trend this year – you yourself encapsulate that – where people from New Zealand have emigrated to…

ISAAC AESILI The musical migration. … yeah, to Germany, this year in particular. Who was over?

I was based in Hamburg and most people were based in Berlin – Ladi6, Parks, Julien Dyne, the Electric Wire Hustle crew, and I saw members of The Phoenix Foundation – bumped into them in a park in Berlin. Oh, random! Shapeshifter was there – I hung out with Devon [Abrams] quite a few times. Hollie Smith turned up, kind of like a cameo towards the end. Were Freddy’s over there at any point? Freddy’s turned up in Hamburg the day I was flying out. I would say a good proportion of the extended soul, reggae, funk, jazz, progressive rock, drum’n’bass – that whole loose collective somehow mass-migrated to Germany this year. And it seems like the people who went over to Germany are representative of what the people perceive as “Kiwi sound”, right? Why was everyone drawn to Germany this year? Geographically it’s not an island nation. Where are those parallels?

I spent four months there so I was really intrigued by the same thing. These two countries are virtually on the opposite side of the world from each other, so you really can’t get much further away. The opposite attracts ’cause, for Germans, they see New Zealand being kind of exotic, and Germans have a fantasy about New Zealand. I went into supermarkets in Germany and they have air

freshener fragrance called ‘New Zealand’! Is there a Rotorua variety by any chance? The other thing is New Zealand is twothirds the size of Germany, but Germany has 82 million people. When it comes to music all those things like vast amounts of space, nature, clean air makes them really attracted to New Zealand music because I guess you can hear that. And I didn’t really understand what that was, but after coming back I totally know what it is – especially with a group like Freddy’s. Escape – escapism.

Yeah, that’s what it is – they love to escape, and New Zealand music provides instantaneous access to that. To listen to the full audio of Recloose and Isaac Aesili in conversation, head to – live from 2pm Tuesday. Recloose and Frank Booker Present Hit It & Quit It Radio Revue is out now on Fingertips Records. Funkcommunity’s (Isaac Aesili and Rachel Fraser) Chequered Thoughts is out now on Frequency Media.

Zach Condon’s music has always been built around the portable instruments of ukulele, brass, violin and woodwind. So it’s fitting that, as the Beirut front man has settled down, he’s come to embrace the stationary nature of the piano. Text Dan Trevarthen Photography Kristianna Smith BEIRUT’S STORY HAS been inextricably linked to traveling from day one. After returning from a musically inspiring trip overseas, a 19-year-old Zach Condon from New Mexico, USA, recorded Eastern European-flavoured music in his bedroom. The resulting album, Gulag Orchestra, somehow formed a bridge between Neutral Milk Hotel and world music, and went on to gather critical acclaim. Although Condon has settled in New York, getting married and getting pets, he’s not that stationary. The liner notes of Beirut’s new album The Rip Tide thank the piano movers of the city, as he ended up moving his piano around four or five times while recording The Rip Tide. “I’d moved it from my upstate New York place where I was renting, back to my house in Brooklyn, then I got to the studio. I’d written all the songs on it and it has a very specific sound. But I was like, ‘this studio we’re going to will have a piano and I can just use that’. Then the studio has two pianos, but I don’t like the sound of either – so

I ship my piano back upstate to the studio just for a week, and then ship it back down.” Although it might have racked up a few miles, the piano is what grounds Beirut’s new record. It represents a desire for simplification after years of layered arrangements, with Condon often overdubbing several tracks himself. “I’m such a dilettante when it comes to instruments. I’m known for jumping around wildly and picking up instruments every month. I wanted to not do that this time; I wanted to focus. Piano just seemed to be the most concrete of the instruments. It can carry a lot of weight on its back.” On a track like ‘Goshen’, it sure does, initially stripping things back

to just Condon and simple piano accompaniment, and becoming all the more weighty for its light arrangement. As you traverse the rest of The Rip Tide, piano’s often found setting the hypnotic rhythm that the drums play to. It helps that he’s increasingly surrounded by serious instrumentalists, meaning complexity is found in single parts, rather than in several simple parts on top of each other. It’s quality over quantity. “I’ve been playing with the band for five years now, and it’s been amazing to watch them grow as musicians and really just know their way around these things, whereas I’m just constantly ingesting new stuff, mostly for the sake of songwriting. It’s almost intimidating; you get to a point

where if you can imagine it, they can play it. I was writing lines above and beyond my abilities on any instrument for them to play on this record. “It’s what I wanted a long time ago; I just wasn’t around a lot of likeminded people when I was a teenager

That catalogue loomed large over The Rip Tide. Condon says he spent a lot of time listening back to his older albums trying to find the common thread from which to move forward. The thread he talks about finding is an “epic melancholia”. It sounds

“I’m such a dilettante when it comes to instruments. I’m known for jumping around wildly and picking up instruments every month.” and started writing. Luckily for me, I had multi-tracking, so I could create the sound I was looking for with or without help. But I’m happy to have the luxury to move away from doing it all myself,” he says.

overblown, but he acknowledges the clumsiness of the term as he embraces it. It’s a desire to find emotion in every aspect of the music – something that sheds a lot of light on his choice of instruments. Rather than embracing

the rhythmic qualities of guitars and rock’n’roll, he found his sound in the instruments best able to emulate the emotive melisma of his own voice. “That [epic melancholia] is what I love in music and what I try to express in my own. I find myself always drawn to the same things – big Spaghetti Western soundtracks, Sicilian funeral brass music, Balkan music – everything where emotion is just poured out from every angle.” Beirut’s The Rip Tide is out now on Pompeii Records/Rhythmethod. Beirut plays Wellington’s San Francisco Bath House on Saturday 14 January and Auckland’s The Powerstation on Monday 16 January.

A column in which Duncan Greive scours the world’s charts in the hope of finding, if not the perfect beat, then something worth whistling at least. THE WORLD

The big news out of the US these past few weeks has been Occupy Wall Street, a ‘movement’ which morphed from basically being some crusties hanging out in a park, to last week’s teargased protests in Oakland and the framing of it in some quarters as a liberal answer to the Tea Party. Which makes it the kind of grassroots sitch celebs love to hang their hat on, so pop stars like Katy Perry and Kanye West have checked in. Music-wise a bunch of people have played shows there, from the predictable (Michael Franti) to the less so (Jeff Mangum). But guess who hasn’t been down? Anyone from the US Alternative Charts... Okay, I get it – if ‘alternative’ ever meant anything, it’s fucking HILARIOUS now. Top three bands representing the principled ‘alternative’ to the pop charts are Bush(!), Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Of the three only Gavin Rossdale has spoken out in support (while promoting his new record on MTV, obviously), calling it “totally justified, an incredible uprising”, while railing against “inequalities”. Then he went back to the celebrity tennis circuit. Actually. Alternative music, eh. So edgy.


BILLBOARD ALTERNATIVE TOP 10 SONGS 1 Bush – ‘The Sound of Winter’

While I find the idea of categorising music as ‘alternative’ super-offensive (it basically means ‘shitty white music’, by the looks of things), now is not a time when you can hold up pop music and smugly judge people who still avoid it. Because, basically, it sucks too. Check out The Edge’s listenervoted top 10. Topped by Adele (duh), it runs into two songs by Benny Benassi, which I’ll allow based on it being unfair that David Guetta gets all that electro-pop-house money to himself. But two songs by Calvin Harris is two too many, Bruno Mars is a total paedo, and that Cher Lloyd song is a nightmare. We are holding out for a hero and, at this point, they’re more likely to come from the internet than anywhere else.

2 Foo Fighters – ‘Walk’



I get that this is a weird choice. But I’m old. I went to where I’d have looked in ’05, mostly out of desperation. BBC 1Xtra’s a digital station nearly a decade old, but its lack of a terrestrial frequency seems to have kept it fresh. I’ve got time for every one of these songs, particularly Mike Delinquent’s synthled r’n’b, replete with garage basslines, Preditah’s JME-esque post-grime instrumental and TS7’s keeping the funky flame alight. Maybe the future’s not so bleak, and the alternative’s just found elsewhere nowadays.

3 Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie’ 4 Foster the People – ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ 5 Blink-182 – ‘Up All Night’ 6 Young the Giant – ‘Cough Syrup’ 7 Rise Against – ‘Make It Stop (September’s Children)’ 8 AWOLNATION – ‘Sail’ 9 Foster the People – ‘Helena Beat’ 10 Coldplay – ‘Paradise’

1 Adele – ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ 2 Benny Benassi – ‘Cinema (Skrillex Remix)’ 3 Benny Benassi – ‘Cinema’ 4 Bruno Mars – ‘It Will Rain’ 5 Bulletproof ft. Jessie G – ‘Dub Me Crazy’ 6 Calvin Harris – ‘Feel So Close’ 7 Calvin Harris ft. Kelis – ‘Bounce’ 8 Cher Lloyd – ‘Swagger Jagger’ 9 Chris Brown ft. Justin Bieber – ‘Next To You’ 10 Cobra Starship – ‘You Make Me Feel’

BBC RADIO 1XTRA GARAGE TOP 5 1 Mike Delinquent Project ft. KCat & Donae’O – ‘Out of Control’ 2 Sneakbo – ‘The Wave’ 3 MJ Cole & Scrufizzer – ‘Southern Electric’ 4 Predictah – ‘Circles’ 5 TS7 – ‘Getting Out of Hand’ 8413152AA


Hit It & Quit It Radio Revue Volume 1 With Recloose and Frank Booker (Fingertips) WHEN A COMPILATION promises to take you from newfangled electronica by James Pants through to classic (1983, even) synth-heavy business by The Imperial Wonders without batting an eyelid, it demands the ears. On the Hit It & Quit It Radio Revue Volume 1, Auckland DJ/producers Recloose and Frank Booker drop a snapshot of the sound of their radio show. It’s a confidently eclectic selection with a red thread of soul, funk, depth and authenticity. Booker’s sublime mid-tempo disco cut ‘El Salvador’ is a highlight among the local flavours, as is Wild Bill Rickets’ ‘Riki’ with its warm guitar licks and chugging groove. Aucklander Jellphonic hits hard with the forceful funk of ‘Smack’ and Reggie Blount comes over all

BAD SPORTS Kings of the Weekend (Dirtnap Records) The best ever garage-rock band in Denton? Maybe – this young Texas group revive the promise and excitement of what’s become a moribund genre these past two years – totally guileless, willing to flip between Echoplexed ’80s hardcore (‘Off Switch’), boneheaded Ramones sweetness (‘Can’t Just Be Friends’) and perfect powerpop (‘Teenage Girls’). NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (Sour Mash/Universal) Oh good, I was hoping Noel Gallagher would pull back from his mad scientist avant-garde brink and try something a bit more traditional. M83 Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (Mute) On 2008’s Saturdays = Youth, Frenchman Anthony Gonzalez perfected his shoegaze-goneJohn Hughes dewy soundscapes, coming down like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Quaaludes. His fifth album is an indulgent but

1: Kairakau Beach, Hawkes Bay (secret spot: if you walk inland through a bush track from the beach, you come to a waterfall that fills an open-air basin). 2: Akatarawa River, Upper Hutt 3: Buller Point, Lake Taupo  4: Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Peninsula  5: The Abbis Farm, Halcombe

late-model Jamie Liddell on ‘Why Do You Call Me Baby?’ Recloose steps in with a subtly slamming edit of DJ Day’s ‘Beta’, as well as the aptly named ‘Sunshine’ by the Recloose live band, The Starblazers. The latter is one of several truly uplifting moments, another being the quirky steel drum workout of ‘Trip Trop’ by Japan’s Dubdub On-seng, while Grooveman Spot gives a little shade with the acidic bassline of ‘Do the Dance’. Hit this if you like a DJ to go deeper in the crates than David Guetta and the latest pop-dance disaster. Review Dean Campbell

frequently excellent double LP that has the good sense to leap all over the map and cut the abstract soundscapes down to size – I particularly love the saxsquall synth-pop of ‘Midnight City’ and the pageantry of ‘Steve McQueen’. ENSLAVED Thorn (Soulseller Records) A short EP at 10 minutes, worth highlighting as one of the most welcoming and bracing forays into black metal a neophyte could try out. Twenty years into their career, these Norwegians draw from unexpected sources of intensity, especially the dizzying, drifting heaviness of early My Bloody Valentine and Ride. PAQUIN Paquin EP (Independent) You know when you talk to people who aren’t from New Zealand, they think Anna Paquin’s acting is the worst thing about True Blood, right? Good – here is a far better thing from an unrelated New Zealand band. ‘Tether’ hangs from the most delicate and chiming of guitar lines, while ‘Conquer and Divide’ merges the band’s populist ambitions (if I was uncharitable, it sounds a bit like Filter’s ‘Take

BEASTWARS NATO’S TOP FIVE BLACK SABBATH RIFFS (Note from Nato: These granddads invented everything that’s good about music. Tony Iommi’s Gibson SG must be obeyed!) 1: ‘Black Sabbath’ from Black Sabbath 2: ‘Hand of Doom’ from Paranoid 3: ‘Sweet Leaf’ from Master of Reality 4: ‘Children of the Grave’ from Master of Reality 5: ‘Symptom of the Universe’ from Sabotage

A Picture’) with its own ambient ghost – and works! GLASS VAULTS Into Clear (Jukboxr) I’m not feeling this quite as much as I felt this Wellington group’s first EP. This may be my problem – I crave the instant gratification of their layered noisy outros but sometimes find the slow, beatific setups they use to get there a little bland. But if you’re patient, the unfathomable submerged depths of ‘It Looks Like Winter Water’ and the deafening title track are a welcome reward. EVALINE Woven Material (404) “Evaline play passionate, layered alt rock with polished studio recordings and an intense and enegetic (sic) live show” – Thanks Internet, you make this band sound more horrible than my feeble words ever could. Save your energy and don’t bother. THRICE Major/Minor (Vagrant) Operatic, ugly post-hardcore. Songs like opener ‘Yellow Belly’, with its coruscating and gnarled riffs, or

the stop-start detuned strum at the start of ‘Blinded’ threaten to recall great ’90s bands like Polvo – then you cut to the postgrungy quaying bro-singer and obedient verse-chorus-sullen breakdown nonsense. So it’s really a fake, lazy sort of ugly, not the brave kind. MEMORYHOUSE The Years (Sub Pop) Virtually everything I’ve listened to this week has been shoegazeinfluenced or Noel Gallagher, but even if I wasn’t tired of glacial soundscapes and smears of reverbed guitar this duo would be unappeasably dull. From the flat, dreary vocals to their glib repetition of influences, it’s Dido for people with Tumblr accounts. STATIC SELEKTAH Population Control (Duck Down Music) East Coast DJ’s solo album needs a dose of quality control at nearly 80 minutes. Too often, good rappers like Big K.R.I.T. and Freddie Gibbs get lost on saccharine and thin productions – good beats like ‘Groupie Love’ get wasted on weak-as-fuck nobodies (Josh Xantus? Who?). Reviews Joe Nunweek

“Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah” – words which made The Naked and Famous a household name in New Zealand and struck a chord much further afield. After a year playing shows around the world and on the eve of their return to our shores, Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith sat down for a yarn with VOLUME about tall poppies and living up to the hype. Text David Carroll “I FEEL PRIVILEGED and a little confused as to why it’s worked out for us,” Thom Powers admits. “We never really thought things would get this grand, to the scale of what it is,” agrees Alisa Xayalith. “Or we didn’t think it would happen for us this year!” It’s certainly been a rapid rise for The Naked and Famous. The single ‘Young Blood’ went straight in at number one on the New Zealand charts and earned the band a coveted Silver Scroll Award. The debut album Passive Me, Aggressive You was also a no 1, and the group have received six nominations at next week’s New Zealand Music Awards. They’ve spent the past year performing shows throughout Europe and at major festivals like Reading, Leeds and

Glastonbury. They’re currently in the US where they played the Lollapalooza festival, gathering some famous fans along the way. “I don’t know of any greater achievement than when people who have inspired me say that I’ve inspired them,” says Powers, recalling recent tweets from Mark Hoppus (Blink-182) and Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle). “I grew up listening to those bands, walking around brooding to them at high school, and here’s this guy saying ‘dude, it’s awesome’. It’s those moments you just get stopped in your tracks. “I mean, I had my sights set on the bFM Top 10. And we did that and then it just snowballed from there. Now it’s to the point where things are happening for us that we had no ambition for. Sometimes we have to work out what it is, and sometimes it’s just ‘whatever, let’s not be too pretentious about this’. If we can reach anyone – it doesn’t really matter what avenue it is – if we can convert someone to be a fan of our band then that’s great.” Some in the scene here in New Zealand bandy about the term “overnight success” and there’s a feeling these opportunities

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Starring A her ll, Christop Colin Farre Mintz-Plasse, Toni Collette SPEAKING AS SOMEONE with no significant sentimental attachment to the 1985 film Fright Night, hallowed as a classic in some quarters, Craig Gillespie’s remake strikes me as uncommonly welldone, as far as horror remakes go. The basic premise is more or less the same, but this version juices up the stakes, tones down the campiness and adds a few character tweaks and nifty surprises of its own. The action’s shifted to suburban Nevada, where once-nerdy, now-cool

high schooler Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) is convinced by his former best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) that suave next-door neighbour Jerry (Colin Farrell) is actually a vampire who’s responsible for mysterious disappearances around the hood. Despite the genre experiencing much fatigue and over-familiarity with the immensely popular likes of True Blood and the Twilight franchise (which gets a passing mention here), Fright Night mostly gets it right, revelling in its vampiric tropes with tongue-in-cheek glee and some surprisingly ferocious action. My main beef – and it’s fairly major one – is the post-converted 3D, which adds zip to the film visually and is more distracting than necessary. That, and the over-use of CGI blood – unfortunately par for the course with modern horror. But the film doesn’t feel like some factory-line remake. Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) displays vigour with the material and is aided by a capable, charismatic cast, including David Tennant. His David Copperfield-like magician and occult enthusiast Peter Vincent makes for a more flamboyant alternative to Roddy McDowell’s original TV host. Review Aaron Yap

SHORT REEL Ben Affleck has replaced David Yates in the running to direct an adaptation of Stephen King’s epic The Stand for Warner Bros. The live-action remake of anime classic Akira – long in development hell – now has a director, Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown), and a rather tight budget of US$90 million. Dependent on his busy schedule, Joseph GordonLevitt may join the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained when it begins filming in January. The Wachowski Brothers are set to return to big action sci-fi with Jupiter Ascending, which will likely be their next project following the currentlyshooting Cloud Atlas, an adaptation of David Mitchell’s sprawling, timespanning novel.

Wed 28th – Thurs 29th Dec 2011 Terrace Downs, Canterbury South Island, New Zealand Tickets Available From Wednesday December 28th

Grandmaster Flash

Brookes Brothers / Netsky

Homebrew / Tali Live & Acoustic

12th Planet / 1814 / Dub Fx / Soulsystem

Fried Chicken Sound System / Dubwise & MC Silva Knuckles / Soul Trader Nacoa / Partido Kev Freash / Dj Substance Thursday December 29th

Ltj Bukem & MC Tali Skream And Benga / Six 60

Flying Lotus / Foreign Beggars / Antix The Eastern / Soulware / A Hori Buzz Stinky Jim / Cyril Orson / Reality Chant Confucius & Dave Boogie / Ghost Tim Sargent / Toby Nice / Seth Hamilton


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TURN 10 STUDIOS has hardly put a foot wrong developing the Forza franchise, steadily building and tweaking the racing experience in the shadow of Polyphony’s seemingly perfect, if sterile, Gran Turismo. The truth is that these unavoidable caparisons are completely useless; like Bond vs Bourne, they operate in different spheres. And when Forza really came of age two years ago, it stopped needing to justify its existence, carving its own flavour by offering the perfect balance of auto-erotica with a touch of arcade performance to keep it approachable. Forza 4 is more of the same but without all the bullshit that surrounds these types of games. Go into World

Career Mode and you’ll be offered race after race, with no exploding graphics or clever menu system. If you change your car, Career Mode simply carries on but tweaks the races – it’s a welcome change. I’d strongly suggest setting the difficulty to ‘hard’ before getting started, unless you’re a baby and like playing baby games. ‘Hard’ won’t tax any average gamer until later into the game, but your rewards (cars, credits and XP) will pile up faster. Not that they need to: Forza is generous and will even give you a choice of what cars you win. And the cars, oh the cars. There’s a very special collection (500 and counting) but they look so good, especially in the AutoVista mode where you can walk around the cars, get in and look around. Petrol-heads are going to spend a lot of time here. I haven’t even got to the online options or the exclusive content from Top Gear and American Le Mans Series, or mentioned the truly communicative handling or new lighting system, but you’re not going to find a better racing game. Review Day Barnes

G-NEWS PlayStation had a lovely little party the other week, and behind the scenes the PlayStation Vita (nee NGP) was on show. The first thing you’ll notice is the weight and size – it feels great in the hands, especially now with two analogue sticks. The control system has been added to with front and rear touch screens. The thing is your thumbs are close enough to the screen that they can nip over and interact with what’s going on in it. In Uncharted: Golden Abyss (a Vita exclusive) you throw grenades simply by dragging one to where you want death to happen. Playing Little Deviants made use of all Vita’s bells and whistles (front/rear facing cameras and an exceptionally precise gyroscope and accelerometer). Imagine games that use your sense of touch to deform game worlds or augmented reality games that open windows to hitherto unseen battles. I can see developers having a whale of a time with the Vita, and thankfully Sony knows that the hardware needs a strong launch line-up as 80 games are currently in development. Officially excited.



Chuck Pounder



Beastwars’ Matt Hyde saw The Hellacopters play Squid in Auckland on 20 October 1998. I HAD A band at the time called Sulu; we were totally out of time – I was totally into trying to be Aerosmith. I’d come back to New Zealand from England where I’d seen all these incredible bands like Soundgarden, Nirvana and Alice in Chains before they got big, and in Auckland dance music was everywhere I went. There used to be thousands of people in the clubs on K Road, and it wasn’t me. In a way, rock was dead and it kind of broke my heart. The Hellacopters did an EP at that time called Disappointment Blues, and it kind of

sums up how I was feeling at the time about music. I knew nothing about the band at the time – what I’d heard about them was from an ad on bFM, and

“They opened with a cover of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’ – how ballsy is that?” they couldn’t get a work permit so the tickets to their Squid were free, which made it doubly special. It turned out to be that good. I walked in not expecting anything – I hadn’t listened to their records,

nothing. I was just totally blown away that night – the excitement, the energy level – I hadn’t felt like that since seeing some shows in London in the early ’90s. It was amazing to walk in and hear that power again. They opened with a cover of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’ – how ballsy is that? They owned it that night – it wasn’t a cover, it was like they had written the song. There was magic and you could feel it. It just hit me that I was home. That gig was an oasis away from everything else that was happening in music at the time. It also summed up the sound that was being heard at the Kings Arms – The Datsuns, The D4, The Rock and Roll Machine. A lot of people talk about when The White Stripes played here the first time but, to me, The Hellacopters was the one. I think they left a blueprint for a lot of bands. VOLUME presents Beastwars North Island Tour Friday 4 November – Biddy Mulligan’s, Hamilton w/ Mountaineater & Arc of Ascent Saturday 5 November – 4:20 w/ Mountaineater & Arc of Ascent Saturday 12 November – Bodega w/ Detrytus & Arc of Ascent


Mr Wayne Anderson & Faye


JOHN ROWLES, THE half-Maori/ half-Irish Kawerau Kid blessed with a commanding stature and physique, film idol looks, dandy style and that voice, skyrocketed to the top of the world music scene. In 1968 and barely 21, he became part of the big three male vocalists alongside Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck. Visiting home at the time, he received a civic reception (Kawerau style) and bought a dream house for his mother. YouTube clips showing him smoking cigars while riding a horse through Kawerau are priceless. He’s made millions, lost the lot, and written songs about his sisters that have become part of New Zealand folklore. Friday night was a celebration of the ups and downs of this national icon. While most VOLUME readers may only know him from his doco of

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a few years back, Wayne Anderson championing him on his, ahem,‘doco’, the G-G-G-Gerard advert in the ’80s or tipsy aunties wailing his tunes at a family party, his fascinating career has been done his way. The near soldout show at Auckland’s Bruce Mason was a light-hearted journey through that life in Rowles’ style. Using a rear projection he paid tribute to family, the likes of Prince Tui Teka and Sir Howard Morrison, and presented many moments from his 47-plus-year scrapbook, complete with Vegas tales and a never-ending supply of roses and gifts for the ladies. His vocal support for Winston Peters and New

John Rowles in 1968

of rollicking 12-bar instrumentals was a highlight, harking back to his early days playing twangy guitar in Kawerau and Auckland before he went to Australia in 1965.

“His vocal support for Winston Peters and New Zealand First was well received by the senior audience who particularly enjoyed the icecream at intermission.” Zealand First was well received by the senior audience who particularly enjoyed the ice-cream at intermission. Flexing all his hits during his sweaty two-hour show, Rowles began the encore by strapping on a Stratocaster. Playing lead on a couple

Before closing with ‘Cheryl Moana Marie’, Rowles summed up the night and his legendary career: “I’d like to thank you for your support over the years. Look after yourselves. Be good to each other. And remember wherever you go, there you are.”


Garage Daze – CrossRoads Bar & de Ville Cajun Restaurant, Ponsonby, 8pm, Free Gin Wigmore with Dick Dynamite and the Dopplegangers – Kings Arms, Newton, 7:30pm, $48.50 Auckland Jazz & Blues Club – Emergency Exit – Pt Chevalier RSA, Pt Chevalier, 7:30pm, $5 Pop Panic ft.. Ricky Rile – Cassette Number Nine, Auckland CBD, 9pm, Free



Teenage Kicks – Cassette Number Nine, Auckland CBD, 9pm, Free GC Band Night – Grand Central, Ponsonby, 9pm, Free Your Vibe – Woody’s Bar, Manurewa, 9pm, Free Chicane – Sugar Bar, Newmarket, 7pm, Free Creative Jazz Club – Carolina Moon – 1885 Britomart, Auckland CBD, 8pm, $5-$10 Live Latin and Brazilian Music – The Mexican Cafe, Auckland CBD, 8:30pm, Free Student Performance Concerts: Year 3 Performance Assessments – Kenneth Myers Centre, Auckland CBD, 6:30pm, Free Wednesday R&B Jam Night – Flo Bar & Cafe, Newmarket, 9pm, Free GBOB New Zealand National Final – Kings Arms, Newton, 8pm, $15



Cassette Allstars ft. Aza Pony, Dirty Uncool, MTron & More – Cassette Number Nine, Auckland CBD, 10pm, Free I – A Music and Poetry Performance Night – Artstation, Newton, 6pm, Free Interconnector, The Twitch and Thee Rum Coves – Kings Arms, Newton, 8pm Intrusion – Dubstep Night – The Carpark Bar, Auckland CBD, 10pm, Free Your Vibe – Woody’s Bar, Manurewa, 9pm, Free Liquid Thursdays – Sponge Bar, Ponsonby, 7pm, Free Caitlin Smith Trio – Cock & Bull, Newmarket, 8pm, Free Cuadro Flamenco – Corellis Cafe, Devonport, 7:30pm, Free Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards – Vector Arena, Auckland CBD, 7:15pm Student Performance Concerts: Year 3 Performance Assessments – Kenneth Myers Centre, Auckland CBD, 6:30pm, Free Neilstock Pre-party – Kings Arms, Newton, 8pm, $10


Village Music Finale Concert 2011 – The Old Mt Eden Methodist Hall, Mt Eden, 8pm, $30 Nadia Reid – Letters I Wrote And Never Sent EP Release – Wine Cellar, Newton, 9pm, $5 The Naked and Famous – Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE, Auckland CBD, 7:30pm, $39.50 Steely Dan and Steve Winwood – Vector Arena, Auckland CBD, 7pm, $111.60$146.10 Cool Cult, Boyfriend, Nevernudes & Proton Beast – The Lucha Lounge, Newmarket, 9pm, $5 Flying Nun 30th Anniversary Launch Party – Kings Arms, Newton, 8pm, $15 Lamplight, Jocee Tuck and Oliver Carle – Roasted Addiqtion Cafe, Kingsland, 6:30pm, $5 MUM Presents: Frankie, The Cavemen and ThunderDykes – Cassette Number Nine, Auckland CBD, 10pm Dairy Flat Live Blues Club Presents Doc and The Strayfalcon – Dairy Flat Community Hall, Dairy Flat, 8pm, $8-$10 David Shanhun – De Post, Mt Eden, 7:30pm, Free Double Vision – Glen Eden RSA, Glen Eden, 7:30pm, Free Eddie Manukau – Basalt, Howick, 9pm, Free Evolution – The Flying Moa, Mt Wellington, 8:30pm, Free Lee Gray – Florrie McGreals Irish Pub, Takapuna, 9:30pm, Free Phil Stoodley – Brew On Quay, Auckland CBD, 8:30pm, Free Donna Dean – Mt Eden Village Centre, Mt Eden, 8pm Russell French – Birkenhead RSA, Birkenhead, 7pm, Free Wires & Wood at East Coast Folk Club – Senior Citizens Social Centre, Torbay, 8pm, $5-$7 Sam Hill, Wade Marriner & Guests – Trench Bar, Auckland CBD, 9pm, Free Llovisna – Auckland Fish Market, Auckland CBD, 5pm, Free Ponsonby Cruising Club Spring Rhythm & Jazz – Ponsonby Cruising Club, Westhaven, 7pm, Free Step ‘n’ Out – Ponsonby Cruising Club, Westhaven, 7pm, Free Chico con Tumbao – Besos Latinos Restaurant, Auckland CBD, 7:30pm, Free DJ King Salsa – The Mexican Cafe, Auckland CBD, 11pm, Free Friday Night Salsa – Latin Dance Studios Ltd (Latinissimo), Glenfield, 8:30pm, $5-$10

Habana Noches presents Cuban Accent – CrossRoads Bar & de Ville Cajun Restaurant, Ponsonby, 8pm, Free Dreams of the Dead – Las Vegas Club, Auckland CBD, 8pm, $10-$20 Contagious – Cock & Bull, Botany Downs, 9pm, $3 Eddie Gaiger – Brooklyn Bar, Auckland CBD, 9:30pm, Free Heather Boyed and Positive Vibes – Warkworth RSA, Warkworth, 6:30pm, Free The ABBA Show – Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, 8pm, $0-$49 Dragon and Hello Sailor – Powerstation, Eden Terrace, 8pm, $59.40 The Altered States, Kasium, Fictional Response – Masonic Tavern, Devonport, 8pm


Don’t Be Gutted Like Guy Fawkes! – Wine Cellar, Newton, 8pm Julia Deans – Masonic Tavern, Devonport, 8:30pm, $20 Don’t Be Gutted Like Guy Fawkes! – Whammy Bar, Newton, 8pm Welfare Mothers, Beach Pigs, Drop Dead Redhead, New Natives – Khuja Lounge, Auckland CBD, 10pm Dean Te Paa – Florrie McGreals Irish Pub, Takapuna, 9:30pm, Free Jason Smith – Brew On Quay, Auckland CBD, 9:30pm, Free Mitch French – De Post, Mt Eden, 8:30pm, Free Ruff Copy – The Western Lights, Massey West, 9pm, Free Kavalliers – Birkenhead RSA, Birkenhead, 7pm, Free Marian Burns and Southern Cross – East Coast Bays RSA, Browns Bay, 7:30pm, $5 Infected Beats w/ State of Mind, Aural Trash + Klaypex (US) – Albany Sports Bar and Cafe, Albany, 9pm, $20 Rakaa Iriscience Live & Friends – The Bacco Room, Auckland CBD, 9pm Pure Trench Bar – Trench Bar, Auckland CBD, 9pm, Free Contagious – Cock & Bull, Botany Downs, 9pm, $3 Mark Armstrong Acoustic – De Fontein, Mission Bay, 8:30pm, Free The Business (UK) – Kings Arms, Newton, 8pm, $32 A Gig with Flare – Edinburgh Street, Pukekohe, 10pm, Free Beastwars, Mountaineater, Arc of Ascent – 4:20, Newton, 9pm, $10 The Kavalliers – A Rocking Great Band – Birkenhead RSA, Birkenhead, 7pm, Free Detour – Deluxe Club, Newton, 10pm, $15

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Andrew Mockler – The Western Lights, Massey West, 9pm, Free Blend – Goode Brothers, Botany Downs, 4pm, Free Franko – The Marina Bar, West Harbour, 1pm, Free Sharon O’Neill, Debbie Harwood & Alan Mansfield – Masonic Tavern, Devonport, 7:15pm, $40 Sandpaper Tango – Corellis Cafe, Devonport, 6pm, Free Ian Bartlett at the Thirsty Dog Folk Club – The Thirsty Dog, Newton, 3pm, $5 Outer Base – Sawmill Cafe, Leigh, 3pm, Free Frank E Evans Band – Dogs Bollix, Newton, 5pm, Free John McGough Trumpeter/DJ – Avondale RSA, Avondale, 5pm Peta & Weta – Bill Fish Cafe, St Marys Bay, 1:30pm, Free The Rodger Fox Big Band – Uxbridge Creative Centre, Howick, 3pm, $15 Starlight Sundays – The Windsor Castle, Parnell, 5pm, Free Sunday Sessions hosted by Club Groove – Flo Bar & Cafe, Newmarket, 4pm, Free


School Of Rock – Kings Arms, Newton, 6pm, Free VIVA Jazz Quartet – The Windsor Castle, Parnell, 6pm, Free


About Time Jazz Trio – Butter Factory Wine Bar, Whangarei, Free


The ABBA Show – Turner Centre, Kerikeri, 7:30pm, $28-$52


Soul Breeze – Brauhause Frings Brewery, Whangarei, 6:30pm, Free The Joe Carbery Trio – Aratapu Tavern, Dargaville, 7:30pm, Free

Jan Preston’s Beat Out the Boogie – Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Napier, 7:30pm, $25

The Single Gentlemen – Bodega, 9pm In Like Flynn – Molly Malones, 9pm The Digital Disco – Bettys Function House & Bar, 10pm, Free Late Lounge: Roseneath Centennial Ragtime Band – The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, 7pm, Free Kia Ora Gaza Fundraising Show – San Francisco Bath House, 9pm, $5 The Kings Of Swing – From Then To Now – Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre, Upper Hutt, 8pm, $15-$35




Neilstock – Paddock, MatamataPiako, 11am, $40 Unknown Peace – Orca Restaurant and Bar, Raglan, 10pm, $5


Spring Break 2011 – NZ Styles – Pettigrew Green Arena, Napier, 2pm, $60-$160 Steely Dan and Steve Winwood – Church Road Winery, Napier, 4pm, $109.50-$190.50


BOP Blues Club/Jam Night – The Belgian Bar, Rotorua, 7:30pm Swamp Thing ft. Michael Barker & Grant Haua – The Pheasant Plucker, Rotorua, 8:30pm, Free


Bay Salsa – Buddha Lounge, Tauranga, 8pm, $2 LSG Group – The Pheasant Plucker, Rotorua, 9pm, Free


John Michaelz and The Usual – Brewers Bar, Mt Maunganui, 8pm MONDAY 7


Jan Preston’s Beat Out the Boogie – Globe Theatre, Palmerston North, 7:30pm, $39


Boom – Mangawhai Tavern, Mangawhai, 8:30pm, $10

Tuesday Night Speakeasy – Bodega, 7:30pm, Free Live Music and Two for One Desserts – The Library, 5pm, Free




Lazy Sundays – Art at Wharepuke, Kerikeri, 12pm, Free


Soul Sax Plus – Tairua Landing, Tairua, 12pm, Free


New Blood Club Night – MonkeyFeather, Hamilton, 10pm, Free Traffic Jam – Ngaruawahia RSA, Ngaruawahia, 7pm, $10 Beastwars, Mountaineater, Arc of Ascent – Biddy Mulligan’s Irish Pub, Hamilton, 9pm, $10

Steely Dan and Steve Winwood – TSB Bank Arena, 7pm, $108.40$142.90 Chris Bryant – El Horno, 9:30pm, Free Stonefish aka Mongo Skato and MC MF plus Guests – Mighty Mighty, 9:30pm, Free Carlos Navae Sol Sessions – The Flying Burrito Brothers, 6:30pm, Free Paperscissors – Bodega, 9pm, $5


Sunken Seas Single/Video Release – Mighty Mighty, 8pm Nadia Reid – Letters I Wrote And Never Sent EP Release – Happy, 9pm, $5 Kokomo – Hotel Bristol, 8:30pm, Free

Summer Nights of Reggae – San Francisco Bath House, 8:30pm, $20-$25 Wilberforces, Nervous System and Guests – Mighty Mighty, 10pm Wreck on the Highway #5 – Ease on Down the Road – Meow, 7:30pm, $5 Hot Club Sandwich – Old St Paul’s, 5:30pm, $20 Jan Preston’s Beat Out the Boogie – Petone Community Library, Lower Hutt, 8pm, $20 Carlos Navae & Mariachi Loko – Mighty Mighty, 8pm, Free Salsadrome & Tango Milonga – Fortnightly Tango & Salsa Dance – Whitireia Performance Centre, 7:30pm, $10 Human – Bar Medusa, 9:30pm, $10 The Business (UK) – Bodega, 8:30pm, $32 Mtown – Monteiths Brewery Bar, Paraparaumu, 9:30pm, Free


Glass Vaults – Into Clear EP Release Show – Matterhorn, 11pm, Free The Upbeats – San Francisco Bath House, 10pm, $20 Chow Down – Chow Tory, 10pm Rodrigo Brothers & Martin Andrews – Meow, 9:30pm, Free In Like Flynn – Molly Malones, 9pm Icicle (Shogun Audio – UK) – Sandwiches, 11pm, $15 All In – Day & Night Guy Fawkes Party – Parade Cafe, 6pm, $10 The X-Ray Catz – The Lido Cafe, 8:30pm, Free


Sunday Live Music – The Library, 8pm, Free The Boptet – The Lido Cafe, 7pm, Free The Sunday Jazz Club – Public Bar & Eatery, 7:30pm, Free Carlos Navae – Latin Fusion – The Library, 8:30pm, Free



New Music Collective presents Jazz Slam – CPIT, 7pm, $5-$30


The Eastern Family – The Brewery, 8:30pm, Free New Music Collective presents Jazz Slam – CPIT, 7pm, $5-$30


The Black Velvet Band – Becks Southern Alehouse, 8pm, Free The Business (UK) – The VenueMusicbar, 7:30pm, $32


The Middlemen – Becks Southern Alehouse, 9pm, Free


The Feelers and Christchurch Cathedral Choir Unite – Christ’s College, 7:30pm, $30-$60 The Blue Onesies, The Grand Chancellors, Ed Muzik – Darkroom, 9pm, Free D n D Showband – Becks Southern Alehouse, 9pm, Free


Ali Harper Sings – Melton Estate, West Melton, 12pm, $59


Allan Johnston – Irish Society Hall, 3pm, $10-$15



The Business (UK) – Dunedin Musician’s Club, Dunedin, 7:30pm, $32


The Blue Onesies, Brown, The Something Quartet – Chicks Hotel, Dunedin, 9pm The Melancholy Babes with Eric Boeren – Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, 8pm, $10


Class In Session w/ Soundboy Tom – Debajo, Queenstown, 12am, Free


The Oxo Cubans’ Night On the Town – The James Cumming Wing, Gore, 8pm, $25


Ash & the Matadors – An Evening Echo | Album Release Tour – Tillermans, Invercargill, 9pm The Kposs Krackdown Hip Hop Night – Saints and Sinners, Invercargill, 10pm, Free


Swinging Cowgirls (from Oz) – The Free House, Nelson, 8pm, $10


Woollaston Estates Music on the Lawn – Woollaston Estates, Upper Moutere, 12:30pm, Free Granddad’s Wedding and Rocksalt – Golden Bear Brewing Company, Waimea, 3pm, Free

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The Datsuns raced through Auckland recently performing a blistering show on the waterfront. Popping into Roundhead Studio, they continued work on their album which will feature some material heavier than Jerry Brownlee at an all-you-can-eat restaurant. Expect a release early next year… David Dallas is back in town from his latest NYC tour of duty to release the deluxe edition of The Rose Tint… The Brood will release their album Queen Pest at the Thirsty

Dolf de Datsun on the waterfront

Dog on 11/11/’11 – their new single ‘Burlesque Ladies of Hades’ can be found on Bandcamp… A recent visit to Carl’s Jr. in St Johns was met with approval by VOLUME staff members… New Rackets videos quite possibly the best so far, with three more to come… Beach Pigs recently toured the lower North Island for shows with Rackets. At one of the stops, their generous host insisted they stay out till 4am, sample the company of the local ladies, and in the morning were each given crisp $20 bills to purchase morning tea – now that’s touring!… Ex Primmers and Features vocalist Karel Van Bergen is currently in town visiting from Germany – he did drop into a recent X-Features rehearsal but won’t be in town when they perform later this month… Home Brew/@ Peace’s Tom Scott is blogging about his South East Asian adventures at – word is the forthcoming Home Brew double-album is the group’s best work yet… Shaft release their palindromictitled new single ‘Nik’s Skin’ at Golden Dawn this week with John Segovia on guitar… Auckland will be busy on the live front with shows being announced every week up till April… New Sticky Filth and Cobra Khan albums both due in November on local label 1157… Sex Pest

featuring former members of Tentacles of Destruction, Malenky Robot and FREUDOiDS are making their public debut at Whammy Bar this week… A Sonics tribute night will be happening at Lucha Lounge in December... New vinyl-only store opening just down from The Powerstation is looking good… Luger Boa opened for Meatloaf on his recent New Zealand tour… 95bFM’s Xmas party will feature Japanese Jet rock’n’roll band Guitar Wolf, The Transistors and The Trash Can Duo at Cassette Number Nine on Friday 16 December – listen to bFM to get more details… bFM made an impact at CMJ with the samplers being well received – expect a highlights package from CMJ to be broadcast soon... Newmatic’s Jeff Smith fresh from finishing his Chants R&B doco has started work on his New Zealand ‘70s punk doco...  John Rowles’ Friday performance went off, with him blasting on a Strat at the end of the show... Axemen off on national dates and Australian dates in December... And bands, please learn the difference between male and female plugs – it’s kind of simple.  

CHW DWN, DJ Marek’s Saturday night residency at Chow Tory will be unveiling its first mixtape CHW DWN X GOOD AS GOLD in a couple of weeks – look out for more details to be announced soon… In continued preparation for their slot opening for The Naked and Famous on Friday at the Auckland Town Hall, Junica is playing a free show at San Francisco Bath House on Wednesday night – get in! Sandwiches and Bass Frontiers are hosting a Guy Fawkes drum’n’bass/dubstep special on 5 November with a performance from Shogun Audio’s Icicle (UK)… African music, food and culture promoters Afrika are hosting a night at San Francisco Bath House in association with Red Cross on 10 November – top shelf Afrobeat, reggae and highlife purveyors One Africa will be flying in from Melbourne to headline – amazing African food will also be available on the night for donation… Kumar Sanu, the definitive contemporary romantic voice of Bollywood, will perform in Wellington on 20 November at the Wellington Indian Hall – support from Bali Brahmbhatt, the first Patel rap singer of Bollywood, and rising star Anne Chaterjee… Christchurch metal pioneers Human perform at

Bar Medusa this Friday with support from Bullet Belt, Elephant of the Ocean and Suppression. All hail! On Saturday at Mighty Mighty is Dia de los Muertos, a night of Mexican music, food and fun. Featuring Bella Cajon, Cafe Tango, Carlos Navae and the Dia de los Muertos and DJ Gonzalez. Feel free to bring along a picture of a deceased loved one for the altar. This event is a fundraiser for Zapatista communities… The Wellington edition of The Nark continues, every Wednesday night at Betty’s – different acts every week. Wellington welcomes Emporium, a Christchurch retro vintage clothing store recently located to Cuba Mall. Head in and make Georgina, James and Barney feel welcome – killer frocks for the ladies!

Sad news – Eric Marsden, drummer of The Androidss passed away late last week. A founding member with his twin brother Stephen (who passed away in 2009), The Androidss were a rollicking ride both on and off stage. Real rock’n’roll fans, the Marsden brothers lived it.  The Androidss released only one single, ‘Getting Jumpy’ b/w the anthemic ‘Auckland Tonight’ on Ripper Records, but what a single – well worth checking out on YouTube… Much excitement about Japan’s Guitar Wolf who will play the Dux on Monday 12 December with The Transistors…  Both The Situations and Shaft ripped it up with their weekend visit.

Fishrider Records’ Opposite Sex album now up on Bandcamp – iTunes next week… The Chicks Tour a resounding success – so much great new music it hurts!... Circulation Festival coming up with loads of Dunedin bands playing… Julian Temple playing New Zealand/Australia/ USA dates on back of Nowhere Fast album release… Garden’s Pharmacy Methadone Coffee Club gig went off... Orientation 2012 for Forsyth Barr Stadium (yes, that stadium)… Fringe Festival 2012 planning well underway… Dunedin arts and culture symposium mooted for March… Idiot Prayer, Cult Disney and Ink Mathematics to play final ReFuel show for 2011… Hunting Bears playing New Year’s Eve at EarthTonz Music Festival in Queenstown.

BEAST WARS Friday 4 November – Biddy Mulligan’s,




Hamilton Saturday 5 November – 4:20, Auckland Saturday 12 November – Bodega, Wellington

Thursday 10 November – Vector Arena, Auckland


Friday 11 November – Zeal, Wellington Friday 11 November – Bodega, Wellington Saturday 12 November – The Royal, Palmerston North Thursday 17 November – Cabana, Napier Friday 18 November – Butlers Reef, New Plymouth Saturday 19 November – The Shed, Rotorua Friday 25 November – Flow Bar, Hamilton Saturday 26 November – The Powerstation, Auckland Thursday 1 December – PBC, Gisborne Friday 2 December – Illuminati, Tauranga Saturday 3 December – Onewhero Rugby Club, Onewhero Saturday 10 December – Yot Club, Raglan

MULATU ASTATKE & THE BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE Friday 25 November – The Powerstation, Auckland


Thursday 1 December – Kings Arms, Auckland

BLACK JOE LEWIS AND THE HONEYBEARS Wednesday 7 December – The Powerstation, Auckland

Thursday 15 December – San Francisco Bath House, Wellington Friday 16 December – Kings Arms, Auckland

Friday 16 December – San Francisco Bath House, Wellington Saturday 17 December – Kings Arms, Auckland


Thursday 29 December – Ascension Vineyard, Matakana Monday 2 January – Riwaka Hotel, Riwaka Friday 6 January – Brewers Field, Mt Maunganui Saturday 7 January – Waihi Beach Hotel, Waihi Beach

FAT FREDDY’S DROP’S ONE DROP Monday 2 January – Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana w/ TrinityRoots & Cornerstone Roots Saturday 7 January – Black Barn, Havelock North w/ The Nudge

THE DUM DUM GIRLS Friday 6 January – Kings Arms, Auckland


Saturday 7 January – Whammy Bar, Auckland Sunday 8 January – Bodega, Wellington


Thursday 12 January – Kings Arms, Auckland

GUITAR WOLF Monday 12 December – The Dux, Christchurch (Free) Tuesday 13 December – Dunedin (Venue TBC) Wednesday 14 December – Bodega, Wellington Thursday 15 December – Static, Hamilton Friday 16 December – Cassette Number Nine, Auckland


Soundgarden, Kanye West, Odd Future, Kasabian, Royksopp, Mariachi el Bronx, Battles, Beastwars, Best Coast, My Chemical Romance and more Friday 20 January – Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland

FLEET FOXES Friday 13 January – Hunter Lounge, Wellington Saturday 14 January – Town Hall, Auckland


Saturday 14 January – San Francisco Bath House, Wellington Monday 16 January – The Powerstation, Auckland


Wednesday 25 January – The Powerstation, Auckland

ST JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL Anna Calvi, Feist, The Horrors, Gotye, Laura Marling, Pajama Club, SBTRKT Live, Shayne P. Carter, Washed Out, Twin Shadow, M83, Cults, Girls, EMA, Yuck, Toro Y Moi, Wu Lyf, Glasser, Opossom, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Austra, Transistors and more Monday 30 January – Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland


Soul II Soul, Africa Hitech, Gappy Ranks, Shortee Blitz, The Yoots, @ Peace, Scratch 22, Disasteradio, Alphabethead, Earl Gateshead, The Nudge, AHoriBuzz, The SmokeEaters, Hermitude and more 17-19 February – Tapapakanga Regional Park, Auckland

THE SISTERS OF MERCY Wednesday 22 February – The Powerstation, Auckland

THE BLACK LIPS Tuesday 28 February – The Powerstation, Auckland

ROKY ERICKSON Wednesday 7 March – The Powerstation, Auckland


Friday 16 March – The Powerstation, Auckland


March 31 – The Powerstation, Auckland



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