Stolen Girlfriends Club

We Are Ugly But We Have The Music – Miss June

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Miss June is a high energy 4 piece monster whom despite only been together since 2013 have already burst onto the Auckland music scene. Combing elements of punk, grunge and rock they create a sound with melodic hooks and fast driven riffs that are immediately recognizable and entirely their own. Adding to this with their high energy, unpredictable live performances there is no wonder why they are turning heads wherever they go.

The band is led by Annabel Liddell of Grrlfriendz who draws help from 3 dynamic jazz musicians Chris, Tom and James. Having only released two smash singles ‘pixelated (so curious)’ and ‘Clyde’, they are quickly building hype and beginning to fill all the hot spots of Auckland. With an album due to be released over summer, Miss June have already played festivals such as the Bfm Summer Series, Chronophonium and the Waitakeri Festival, as well as supported many local and international artists such as Die! Die! Die! and The Jezabels. This is the band to watch for 2014.

Check out their Bfm In Session here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jsd1TFIV9-g

Zara Mirkin #stolenidentity

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Name: Zara Eloise Mirkin

Where do you live: Brooklyn, New York

What do you do: Listen to music, adventure around and buy lots of junk on the internet. For money I dress people and take photos

Lust for Life: Going to see my favourite bands play

TWFT (word for today): Tu meke

Your Instagram: @zaraeloise

Favourite person to follow on Instagram: @carterwere and @harrywere

Song at your wedding: Can’t help falling in love – Dead Moon

Song at your funeral: Last Days Here – Pentagram

Zara wears: Dead End – Black

We Are Ugly But We Have The Music – Howling Bells

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Formed in Sydney 2005, Howling Bells relocated to London where they filled their sound with elements of Americana, ambient electronica and their deliciously dark brand of lyrics. They combine the honeyed vocals of front woman, Juanita Stein, lo-fi riffs from guitarist-brother Joel and the chest-banging beats of drummer Glenn Moule, all galvanised by the recent addition of London-born and bred bass player, Gary Daines.

June 2014 saw Howling Bells return with their stunning new album ‘Heartstrings’, recorded at London’s Assault and Battery Studios, with producers Catherine J Marks (Foals, PJ Harvey, The Vaccines) and Alan Moulder (Arctic Monkeys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Killers, My Bloody Valentine and Depeche Mode).

Howling Bells have always been a hard-touring band, and arena supports with The Killers and Coldplay and tours with Elbow, Editors and Placebo only heightened their enthusiasm for reaching out to their audience.

Howling Bells play @ The Tuning Fork, Vector Arena, Auckland – Saturday 13th September, 2014.

Anmari Botha #stolenidentity

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Name: Anmari Botha

Where do you live: Brooklyn, NYC

What do you do: Model

Lust for Life: Perception and observation of colour and composition seen in the norm. “Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment” – Claude Monet

Any apologies: Not being able to attend the birthdays and special occasions of my friends and family back home

TWFT (word for today): Boondoggle – to do work of little or no practical value merely to keep or look busy

Best #hashtag you’ve ever seen: #idgaf

Your instagram: @anmafatty

Song at your wedding: Quite frankly I’d rather shoot myself in the foot than get married. But I’ll shoot my foot in class listening to Philip Glass’s Violin Concerto 2nd movement

Song at your funeral: Book of Revelations – Drums

Last music you paid for: Connan Mockasins – “Please turn me into the snat” album. If I truly love the artist I will definitely purchase the music as apposed to downloading it

Anmari wears: Dead End – Black

We Are Ugly But We Have The Music – Alexander Wildwood

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Alexander Wildwood was raised on the seas, sailing the world on a yacht as a boy to a soundtrack of Neil Young and The Beach Boys. And it is by the sea that his music was born. In a home studio only moments from the beach on New Zealand’s picturesque East Coast, the songwriter and producer (PleasePlease, The Heart of Katherine) is creating a new noise inspired by his surroundings. The result is an organic hybrid of indie-rock/folk with a polished pop sensibility.

For a relatively unknown artist, Wildwood’s music’s is already making big waves – having been chosen to support Australia’s Boy & Bear on their New Zealand tour in September, and first single from the forthcoming debut EP Bad Blood received NZ on Air Making Track grant. US blog All Things Go says Wildwood is “the start of something special” and “recalls current greats like Bombay Bicycle Club and The Neighbourhood”. Bad Blood also featured in the Top 100 Unearthed Charts on Australia’s nationwide radio network triple J.

Wildwood’s first offering, mixed by Nic Manders and mastered by Andy Vandette (David Bowie, The Beastie Boys, Metric) in New York, is a journey through the realities and existential pains of life. Each song is a story that surges and recedes like the tide. “I’m always writing,” – Wildwood says. “People often think I’m in a day dream away from the world, but in my mind I can hear this song that exists in potential and I’m trying to write it.”

The debut EP is set for release in late 2014.

Azizi Gibson #stolenidentity

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Name: Azizi Gibson

Where do you live: Long Beach, LA

What do you do: I believe I’m an entertainer, but most people call me a musician

Lust for Life: Anime’, girls. Those things will never get old to me

Any Apologies: Only regret I have is not learning how to save money

TWFT (word for today): Quiche

Your Instagram: @azizigibsonph

Favourite person to follow on Instagram: @denzelcurryph

Best #hashtag you’ve ever seen: #niggasbelike

Last song/album that you actually paid money for: The YG Album

Song at your wedding: Sweetest Taboo – by Sade

Song at your funeral: Something by Erykah Badu

Azizi wears: Moonbeam – Black

Ladyhawke #stolenidentity

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Name: Ladyhawke (Pip Brown)

Where do you live: Los Angeles

What do you do: Musician

Lust for Life: Friends, family, video games, movies, collecting

Any Apologies: Sorry to the lady who’s grapes I sneezed on at the supermarket when I was 17

TWFT (word for today): Apparition

Your Instagram: @ladyhawkeforyou

Favourite person to follow on Instagram: @simpsonfamilyquotes

Best #hashtag you’ve ever seen: Susan Boyle will be answering your questions at her exclusive album listening party on Saturday. Send in your questions #susanalbumparty

Last music you paid money for: The Crocodiles – Tears

Song at your wedding: As The World Falls Down – David Bowie

Song at your funeral: Don’t Fear The Reaper – B.O.C

Pip wears: Moonbeam – Tokyo Tort

We Are Ugly But We Have The Music – Azizi Gibson

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Azizi Gibson doesn’t have a home. Raised in Thailand, he spent ten years in Maryland before relocating to his current base, Los Angeles. Azizi’s life has been one of melding cultures and experiences into something new and distinct. His music brings together unique experiences, a love for boundary pushing hip-hop, and a swagger with universal appeal.

Azizi has always been a rapper, and he’s always been different. During his childhood in Thailand, he was banging Dre and Snoop, putting words together over any beat he could find. In high school in Maryland, he started establishing himself as a hip-hop presence, battling and recording. He saw opportunity in LA and took the plunge. Fate (and a chance encounter in the gym) brought him together with Flying Lotus. Now, using the Brainfeeder platform, Z has plans to launch himself and his preHISTORIC crew into the popular consciousness and bring them a taste of next level hip-hop.

The title track from his latest album ‘Backward Books’ was produced by Christchurch local Kamandi and was recorded at Red Bull Studios in Auckland during Azizi’s time in New Zealand for the Red Bull Sound Select Block Party. ‘This isn’t even the beginning, the beginning hasn’t even started. I wanna tour with Kamandi, I like it, and the worlds gonna like it.’

Check out the video documenting the collaboration:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V22h3PaCiqA

Jason Woodside #stolenidentity

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Name: Jason Woodside

Where do you live: East Village, NYC

What do you do: Painter

Lust for Life: Heavy

Any Apologies: Sorry for the mess

TWFT (word for today): Vacation

Your Instagram: @jasonwoodside

Favourite person to follow on Instagram: Ed Templeton

Best #hashtag you’ve ever seen: #AssCashOrGrassNobodyRidesForFree

Song at your wedding: The Seeds – Can’t seem to make you mine

Song at your funeral: Talking Heads – This must be the place

Jason wears: Sunbeam – Trans Burgundy

We Are Ugly But We Have The Music – Lowell

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After teasing fans with the first taste of her debut full length in the form of street track ‘I Love You Money’, Canadian chanteuse Lowell returns with the first official single from the album – ‘The Bells’.

Opening with the delicate and whimsical noise of bells ringing in harmony, Lowell’s sass is instantly present within the first line – “Would you give me a beat?” ‘The Bells’ percussive rhythms and 80’s infused synths once again highlight Lowell’s unique vocal delivery and knack for left-of-centre production that was previously introduced with her first single ‘Cloud 69’ from her debut EP “I Killed Sara V.” which was released earlier this year.