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Day 15 of NZ Music Month is the lo-fi fuzzy-warble din of Auckland’s long running garage punks The Coolies. Here’s “Tofa Soifua”

“Tofa Soifua” (goodbye in Samoan) is from a recent album “Kaka” which came out in December 2015 and was released on US label Feeding Tube Records. It’s a grainy collection of puposefully lo-fi noise and punk with some diversions – like this track – into almost ‘Krautrock’ grooves.

The Coolies have been a thing for almost 20 years now, in an on/off, stop/start way. Their first riotous performances were in the last days of the 20th century.

The Coolies are still Tina Pihema and Sjionel Timu, and, for the past 10 years of more intermittent activity, Stefan Neville (Pumice) on drums.

Original drummer Fiona Campbell can now be found over in the States with the excellent record label M’Lady’s Records and in bands like Coasting.

Although the broke-down sound on “Kaka” carries a sonic link back to their earliest single in 1999 that earliest recording sound was presumably forced by circumstance.

Now there is a wilful desire to obscure themselves behind the barriers of Stefan Neville’s intentionally distressed recordings. The songs on “Kaka” are worth taking the time to explore, so don’t let that deter you.

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