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Dark but enchanting
guitar clang and chime as underground buzzmeisters dazzle with power
and studio wizardry. The first of many fine releases.
romantic moments of The Cake Kitchen, The Gordons and The Clean
- "A strong
sense of melody and an untamed energy which forms an intense union".
LAVA, October 1997.
release of legendary free metal pioneers Figure 60 takes nine unreleased
tracks from the now vindicated "lost weekend" of 1995.
To complete the epitaph are an assortment of songs from their Crawlspace
Records 7", cassette only releases, and Geraldine vinyl outings.
A mixed bag of
melody, inventive noise, and irresistable grooves for your listening
pleasure. Please do not play too loud as contents may well offend.
- "Figure 60
left a legacy behind on vinyl, cassette and now this 'retrospective'
album. Land Sharks contains the full spectrum of random and song
periods. This is worth investigating".
RIP IT UP, September
and Stinkbug Compilation
at last is a compilation of 13 bands recorded at Earwig Studios.
/ O / Readers Wives / Waste of time / A.K.Decay / The Landing
/ Honey Barbara / The Remote Controls / Abels Grave Band / Lure
of Shoes / Mr Fuzz / Gaunt Pudding / Fitch / Figure 60
A common thread
of songsmanship and innovation hold the mix together as we ride
the sonic rollercoaster to obscurity. Rave reviews, low rotates,
and minimal sales are eagerly awaited by all involved.
- "A well rounded
sampler of local delights"
RIP IT UP, September
- "Best of the
bunch include the melancholy folk shades of Readers Wives, the grunged-up
blues rock of A.K Decay and the gothic drama of Honey Barbara".
NZ Herald, May 1998
"13 very unusual
and talented bands "
Canta, May 1998
that 'Wall of Thunders' with just a hint of sharp acid punk. A twin
guitar attack that twists and growl with the heavy menace of a bad
dream. Stuttergun pace that sometimes stumbles to a lizard's crawl.....
AGE OF DOG
AGE OF DOG
Down the stairs
and into the archives. Recordings from Dunedin as well as Live Auckland
tracks '92 - '93 complete with fold out press clippings and fond
- 'With a noisy
dense and hard sound Age of Dog scared stoner audiences in Dunedin,
and toured New Zealand twice before splitting in 1994.'
' Piers Graham's
drumming is, as always, excellent, as is Dale Cotton's on the tracks
recorded later. The vocals of Billot and Griffin are chillingly
good, gut wrenchingly emotional, cathartic in the extreme, especially
on Between Two Poles.'
' A worthy document
of a great band, and a scene that deserves to be documented.
RIP IT UP,AUGUST
yet shunned in their own village. Alpha Plan present this four track
EP. A "studio" album which is more sonic and groove orientated
than their first label outing. A superb follow up which will leave
all doubters speechless or witless.
Primal 3 piece
rock that'll hit you round the head and spit you out.
in them hills and rhythym in dem bones.
Rock on mudda
"Back into guitar
territory, the delightfully named Lungbutter fire off the five songs
of their self-titled EP in just over ten minutes. Funnily enough
the main strength of their Fugazi fierce punk is their pace attack."
Russell Baillie -
NZ Herald Oct 98
"Some more wigged-out
homebakin has again expanded the Earwig lable catalogue, namely
the first release from Auckland's Lungbutter. Obsessed with a groove,a
grind and a grinning effects pedal array, the band power through
five tracks of enthusiastic noise on their self-titled EP. Boys
like to rock,okay?!"
Brent Cardy - Real
Groove Dec 98
A lively mix
of ska & punk with some real sing along anthems thrown in. Alicia's
expressive vocals are well complimented by others in the band,and
Sean's gruff barks add a warm humour.
Theres a couple
of classics amongst the Punk numbers, some effective horn stabs
and some real menace too.
We Do Well
moods ranging from emotional melancholy to more upbeat reminiscing
, even wry humour with a message, Gerard Gillespie sings about life
both personal and anecdotal.
acoustic instrumentation Guitars, Piano, Accordion, Hammond Organ,
Percussion and Flute are all used as befitting the particular song.
soloist Marc Hogan introduces WEB with medieval church organ which
quickly hurtle us into a technological stonehenge, a unique conglomeration
of metal drum machine and synth, with subtle elements evoking imagery
not usually associated with heavy metal fare.
Theres a Jazz
element in Jazzbeen but otherwise its all darker stuff.
The insane industrial collage of Loco Flamenco is totally
synthetic - a red herring amongst the more guitar based compositions.
A 3 song CD-Single
from Moonpopper. A solo collective featuring BFM top 10 hit - Free
Ride. Guest vocalist Debbie Silvey gives an ethereal slant to the
title track Underground, as does violinist Katrina Te Rito. Closing
track Cash That Cheque is Pop-Punk with harmonic drive feedback.
Slick - smooth
production pop that melts in your mouth and leaves you breathless.
There's a cool funk element as well. Relax as the lush instrumentation
of Damon Ropata mixes with the silky vocals of Andrew Hutton. Theres
a warm tapestry of sound and some classy guest guitarists.
A 2 track sampler of forthcoming
masterpiece "Sadhappy" this is a unique amalgamation of post pop/punk
guitar and retrosugarpop production (Hammond Organ - soaring harmonies
) .Add some samples and you've got an insane blend that just couldn't
possibly work.But it does!
"In the manner of the
Manic Street Preachers or latter day Mercury Rev , the Surrealistic
sound features a very English pop production, highlighting their
knack for hooks and harmonies. If Surrealistic's album is more of
the same , a rosy future they can expect - yes! "
- Brent Cardy Real Groove
magazine April 2001 issue
The final chapter in the internationally
acclaimed trilogy that is Alpha Plan.Never shy of a song this is
nonetheless the most song orientated outing from our heroes abroad.The
band performed live in london recording the drums directly to Sony
mindisc.On returning to these shores the drums were mastered at
Earwig Studios , and guitars and bass reintroduced via trusty 1
inch tape. A masterpiece.
"The grey pop of High Street
Faces provides a great opening,with a lovely finish.Magic Kingdom
is lighter and more upbeat,before things get moodier with the middle
section of the album,highlighted by the beautiful morbid pop of
Looping The Detail and the comedown of Cryovac - Alpha Plan absolutely
getting it rightSounding for all the world like the Dunedin they
came from rather than the Auckland they went to,Alpha Plan bring
to mind The Chills,Verlaines,Garageland,Headless Chooks,JPSE, and
Psychedelic Furs.There are some particularly strong tracks on this
album,the three piece really excelling on the more "serious"
stuff." - Shaun Chait NZ Musician magazine april/may 2001
good 3 piece guitar band who shrug aside the perceived limitations
of the digitally souless.With a little help from their friends (Mr
tape delay, Sir Strings and Ms Piano) they harmonically delight
and reverberate as only metallic threads with wooden supports can.Though
ill at ease in the club environment their light will shine for all
who care .Will not appeal to sheep.
Having spent most of his life
playing music in the states Billy Squire is now exploring the groove
of Aucklands diverse and rich music scene.There is sincerity in
the delivery of the songs , expressive tunes that range from innovative
blues to free form jazz fusion.The vocals are often melodic as pure
pop , but the instrumental backdrops are never that obvious . Theres
more organic depth and none of the plastic sheen the word pop can
so often imply.
Its upright piano and all sorts of guitars that provide the main
flavours with organ , saw , brass , rhodes , and flute filling in
the holes.Theres a special guest appearance by Graham Brazier on
Psychology/Days in retrograde
This double A side opens majestically
with the orchestral ballad " Strange Psychology" , an
emotive dialogue , driven by piano and viola. "Days in Retrograde"
begins in a similar vein , but the ghostly reminiscence gives a
subtle nod to guitar pop with its anthemic chorus and melodic guitar.
Gate Hells Flames
A blistering fusion of grinding
guitars , pumping beat , and driving rhythm delivered with an undeniably
Includes the tracks 'Heaven's Gate Hell's Flames" and "
Johnny isn't Mad " the former , a solo extravaganza in true
rock style, the latter a super heavy amalgam of freight train riffery.
A dream that started off as
high school boys in the late 70's is still alive . But the brothers
who were there have passed away.Happier times were to come for long
term drummer Reggie Harman and singer/guitarist Karuna Gopalan.
With a list of friends and musicians who helped along the way ,
a special amalgam of reggae - laced with pop and rock and a message
of Peace Love and Hope .
An infusion of rock , blues , funk and pop - JCM
is essentially a collaboration of multi instrumentalist Malcolm
Cole and silky smooth vocalist John Clancy.The main instruments
are guitar , piano and organ.Beautifully stirring ballads showcase
JC's exceptional vocal delivery while the more brazen numbers highligh
"the Colemans" bag of guitar trickery.Like most of the
Earwig stable , proof that the art of songwriting lives on .
See WIG013 to hear what Brent Cardy had to say about
Surrealistic's first single.The scary thing is - the newer numbers
are even better!! This lovingly crafted pop music has beautiful
arrangements and thoughtful production.E bow , strings , rhodes
, piano, hammond and of course lots of guitars.If you like your
music pro tooled till every drop of soul is squeezed out , or perhaps
oonst is your cup of tea , then this CD would fit nicely up your
You've got to check it out.
Albums like this don't come around very often.
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EP $16 /
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LP $26 /
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