Death And The Maiden Wisteria Fishrider Records Across the last couple of months this album, the second by Dunedin’s Death And The Maiden has nagged (for) my attention; it’s been played near-relentlessly in the car-stereo, accompanying me on all sorts of journeys. It’s fit almost every mood. And when it hasn’t quite suited, if that’s […]
Stef Animal Top Gear Fishrider Records This is pretty brilliantly fucking baffling I tell ya! Okay, wait, maybe not the best start to a review ever – so I’ll quickly qualify: I really love this, the debut full-lengther from Stef Animal (The Golden Awesome).
The Shifting Sands Cosmic Radio Station Fishrider It’s no surprise that the music of The Shifting Sands not only evokes what many think of now as “classic era” Flying Nun/Dunedin Sound bands – The Verlains, The Chills, The Clean, et al – after all Michael McLeod studied under Graham Downes at Otago University and has […]
The Puddle, Secret Holiday/Victory Blues (2012) I guess I got onto The Puddle the rather old-fashioned way, still the best way, hearing people talk about the band as if this great, undiscovered/under-discovered thing – a secret club, though membership is actually open you just have to find your way there, to it. I heard a […]
Trick Mammoth, Floristry (2014) The members of Trick Mammoth are all in other bands – such is the way. That doesn’t mean this is some Frankenstein’s monster of a band, built from the parts of other groups…or maybe it does? But what it does mean – when you hear this record – is lovely little […]