hans pucket
This Wellington (and ex-Christchurch) trio have just (today!) released the fabulous “Stranger” ahead of a new EP.

“Stranger” is rather sumptuous and perfect psychedelic pop. There’s a little bit of Super Furry Animals in the perky perfection of those melodies, the voices, the way the instruments fit together and the vivid cartoon colours of the recording and production here.

The song is also likely to appeal to fans of Connan Mockasin’s “Forever Dolphin Love” album and Split Enz circa “True Colours”, just to give it some more local reference points.

It’s a huge step up from their promising but loose and roughshod debut. That had songs hinting at a loopy garage psych-pop potential but “Stranger” goes beyond anything they may have hinted at.

There’s a cool short interview with them here done for The Wireless and featuring a live song recorded at a house party.

Hans Pucket play at Chick’s Hotel on Friday 21 August with Shunkan. Well worth checking out if you are in the vicinity.