Astro Children at the Kings Arms in Auckland, December 2013. Photo by Ben Howe from http://flyingout.co.nz/blogs/news/10897141-jangle-all-the-way-xmas-party-photos

Astro Children at the Kings Arms in Auckland, December 2013. Photo by Ben Howe from http://flyingout.co.nz/blogs/news/10897141-jangle-all-the-way-xmas-party-photos

Day 4 of this month of NZ music madness is a Sunday. On Sundays it is traditional for me to play Astro Children’s ‘Proteus’ album loudly for the sheer thrill of it.

‘Eden’ stands out as a perfect calling card for the band and the album. It’s pop and punk, gentle and violent, there’s melodic singing and a bit of yelling, it speeds up and it slows down. It combines all the elements I love about Astro Children – it’s theatrical, funny, sweet and strident, rough, dark and smart. I adore it.

Astro Children’s Proteus’ was released last November on adventurous Auckland label Muzai Records (also home of yesterday’s doomgaze stars Young Hellions) and has just been made available in stores in a very attractive limited edition CD package.

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