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We Are Ugly But We Have The Music – Strange Babes

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Los Angeles most likeable bunch of modern settlers, Strange Babes, present to you their first release, ‘Holiday’. The track was written halfway between Auckland, NZ and Los Angeles as a response to overworking and burning out by friends Sam McCarthy and Jaden Parkes (Ex. Kids Of 88).

“Within an hour we had the bones of it. Upon reflection, I think such ease was due to the vast escapism we were both pursuing at the time ” -Sam McCarthy (Frontman and Producer).

McCarthy co-wrote and produced Holiday in his Los Angeles studio and was able to learn from legendary mixer and producer Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Keith Richards) who prepared the initial mixes of the record.

Strange Babes have just come off the road with The Naked & Famous playing support on their North American tour and also played with old friends BROODS at their album release show earlier this month.

Strange Babes have just finished putting the final touches on their debut full-length record set for release next year. For now, please enjoy Holiday.

We Are Ugly But We Have The Music – The Datsuns

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Seizing the opportunity of being in the same city, The Datsuns wrote and recorded Deep Sleep – the group’s 6th studio album – in a blistering fast ten days at Roundhead Studios in Auckland last summer. The result is a sonic explosion that arrives, lights the place on fire, then leaves, all within the space of 34 minutes.

Deep Sleep which was released in October this year elaborates on the bands signature breakneck-paced rock’n’roll delving into more menacing terrain summoned from the bands collective proto-metal 70s influences; Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Blue Oyster Cult and Bloodrock, to name a few. Semi-tones are thrown in amongst blues scale riffs creating a darker, more evil sound that summons images of 1970s cult film super-villains.

Be sure to check out www.thedatsuns.com for upcoming tour dates.

We Are Ugly But We Have The Music – Shannon Saunders

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20 year old Swindon native Shannon started uploading acoustic covers alongside her own original songs to YouTube at the age of 14. Shannon’s self-released debut single ‘Heart of Blue’ was put out via iTunes in January 2013, with the accompanying £9 video receiving over 200,000 views within 1 month. It now stands at over 800K views.

She has amassed over 2 million views and 60,000 subscribers on her own channel, toured the UK twice, supported Wilkinson, Becky Hill and Lewis Watson on tour and sung on the soundtrack to a Hollywood film.

Her brilliantly crafted debut album is due for release in June 2015 and features production from Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran).

New track ‘Silly Little Things’ has just launched online and is accompanied by a lyric video directed by BAFTA Award Winning Director / Actor/Writer / Producer Noel Clarke (Kidulthood / Dr Who / Star Trek) who is a huge fan of Shannon’s. This will then be followed by 3 singles in the New Year, with the trilogy of videos also directed by Noel.

We Are Ugly But We Have The Music – Kitsch

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Smashing out pop rock sensibility with a punk rock attitude.

Retaining its core members for over two decades, KITSCH are now ready to deliver the next phase in their evolution, an album of epic depths. Prepare yourself for Plastic Lives – the new album that was released in stores & online last week.

The first single from the album is Zero Avenue “Imagine a dark alley reeking of failure and self-loathing, this is where the hopeless gather, where the down and out luckless crows of society mingle … here on Zero Avenue.”

Benny Tipene #stolenidentity

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Name: Benjamin Tipene

Where do you live: Arch Hill, Auckland

What do you do: Play guitar and eat tacos

Lust for Life: Lion Red. Louis Theroux. Hanging with my cat Trunks

Any Apologies: Sorry to one of my teachers for making fun of your lady moustache

TWFT (word for today): Righto

Your Instagram: @bennytipene

Favourite person to follow on Instagram: @rickygevais (especially the “I’m A Pumpkin” gram)

Best #hashtag you’ve ever seen: #swampton

Song at your wedding: Elvis Presley – Can’t help falling in love with you

Song at your funeral: The Benny Hill Theme Song

Last music you paid for: Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare. My vinyl fix for the week

Benny wears: Moonbeam – Tangerine

We Are Ugly But We Have The Music – Die! Die! Die!

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Having spent the better part of the past 9 years on the road, Die! Die! Die! now want to make your head, heart, and soul their home.

Their entire history has involved movement. The band traveled to Chicago to cut their first self-titled release with some guy in a brick basement (Steve Albini – responsible for some of the greatest records of all time). Needless to say, this record sent Die! Die! Die! on a whirlwind series of tours, gaining them considerable worldwide notoriety which no band from their native Dunedin, New Zealand had seen since the eighties heyday of the Dunedin sound.

In August 2007 the trio recorded Promises, Promises with New Zealand’s greatest song writer Shayne Carter and Kevin McMahon (The Walkmen, Swans) in Upstate New York; and 2010 saw Die! Die! Die! as one of the first new artists contracted to the reformed Flying Nun and issuing FORM, produced by label mate Nick Roughan (Skeptics). These releases strengthened the unyielding, reckless and menacing live delivery with the bursting melodies the band is now known for.

Last year, Die! Die! Die! self-released their fourth studio album Harmony, recorded at Blackbox Studios, France. Harmony’s raw energy and emotion offers a savant-pop drenched with DIY punk philosophy. Produced by Chris Townend (Portishead, D12, Violent Femmes), it is the best encapsulation of Die! Die! Die!’s power yet.

With bassist Michael Logie (The Mint Chicks, F In Math, Opossom) now a member, Die! Die! Die! will tour their face-melting shows throughout 2014 in the USA, Europe and beyond; embodying a vitality long since absent from the recent rock and punk circuits.

There is no rehearsed set of messages, postures or stage antics: cutting to the quick, their songs and live delivery are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Without the aid of gimmicks, hype or pretence, Die! Die! Die! aim to appeal to all walks of life without alienating ANYONE!

Reminiscent of the spirit and sounds of Black Flag, Pixies, the Wipers, Wire, and Bailterspace, Die! Die Die!’s unfiltered and powerful stage show has earned them a reputation as one of the most energetic and hardest-working bands around.

Cathartic, direct, indispensable.. You will know them as Die! Die! Die!

Dane Bell #stolenidentity

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Name: Dane Bell

Where do you live: Auckland, New Zealand

What do you do: Marine biologist, model, barista

Lust for Life: Fruit, naps, and realising my destiny

Any Apologies: Sorry to my Granny for moving halfway across the world and to anyone who’s never tried fresh guacamole

TWFT (word for today): Glacial

Your Instagram: @danebell1

Favourite person to follow on Instagram: @ninadelaluna (vegan foodporn)

Best #hashtag you’ve ever seen: #lowsodiumsoysauce

Last song/album that you actually paid money for: Ikon by The Sixteen, an album of classical ecclesiastical choral music

Song at your wedding: Real Love by John Lennon as sung by Regina Spektor

Song at your funeral: Who Knows Where the Time Goes by Nina Simone

Dane wears: Sunbeam – Black

We Are Ugly But We Have The Music – The Leers

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The Leers are an Auckland based, alt-pop quartet of good mates hailing from Mt Maunganui. With a back catalogue of two EPs and a stand alone single recorded to tape at the prestigious York St Studios, the boys present us with the first taste of what to expect from their forth coming debut album.

“I Cant Cope” is the result of the collaboration between engineer Ben Lawson and producer Sven Petterson (Racing, The Checks.)
Recorded at the brand new Red Bull Studios, the hip-hop influenced single is an exciting tease of what’s still to come from this dynamic group.

Check out the single and keep your eyes peeled.

Marnie Harris #stolenidentity

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Name: Marnie Harris

Where do you live: Auckland is home at the moment

What do you do: Uni, Model

Lust for Life: Travel

Any Apologies: Too many. But thankfully none that come to mind right now

TWFT (word for today): Organic

Your Instagram: @marnieharris

Favourite person to follow on Instagram: @somewhereiwouldliketolive

Best #hashtag you’ve ever seen: #freethenipple

Last song/album that you actually paid money for: Mac Demarco’s album 2. I try to buy most of my music, it’s nice owning CDs

Song at your wedding: Haven’t kissed anyone in a while so it’s not really on the cards…

Song at your funeral: Arctic Monkeys – I Wanna Be Yours

Marnie wears: Sunbeam – Trans Burgundy

We Are Ugly But We Have The Music – Suren Unka

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Local electronic wonderkid Suren Unka has released a new music video ‘Flee’ (created by acclaimed director Markus Hofko, who has worked with the likes of Flying Lotus). Flee explores a desire to break out of the everyday; a harsh wake-up call, “a cold water bucket to your face in the middle of the night”, Suren says.

The underground success of his 2011 EP and his 2014 debut Album ‘El Chupacabra’, has seen Suren become a hot contender on the New Zealand music scene. Suren Unka has played at music festivals such as Rhythm & Vines and Camp A Low Hum, and has opened for international acts such as Gold Panda, Nico Stojan, Hyperpotamus and Tokimonsta.

A young talent on this rise, ‘Flee’ is a bold step for Suren, and his collaboration with Hofko is sure to see him catapult into an international arena.