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Moonpup Photo by Michael Bull

Moonpup – photo by Michael Bull

More rip-snorting sonic mayhem from Christchurch. This time it’s a new band called Moonpup, who release their debut EP of garage-sludge surf-punk tonight (Friday 24 June 2016) with a release show at Christchurch venue Darkroom. Here’s  “Wolfgirl” from the EP:

“Wolfgirl” sounds like frenzied Sonic Youth crossed with UK 90s crusty Punk-Goths Skeletal Family (an old favourite). In other words, it’s superb.

Moonpup are Sophia White (Vocals/Guitar), Erica Mackie (Bass), Nick Glen (Lead Guitar) and Cameron Hoy (Drums). The whole of their Moonpup EP is great, if you like that kind of noisy messy noisy melodic punkish rock thing. Of course you do. You should give it a listen.

The opening track Seagulls is another early favourite here, sometimes carrying a faint whiff of the kind of noise-choas created by the punk/ New Wave bands from Wellington’s 79/80 scene, like Life In The Fridge Exists.


Trampoline TeamTrampoline Team are from New Orleans. They do not play jazz. They do not play funk. They are a punk band. That’s P.U.N.K. spelled R.A.M.O.N.E.S.  Here’s “I’ll Destroy You” to introduce you:

The album is great. Eight out of 12 songs on their album “Make It Faster” are under two minutes. They condense a lot into those sub-two-minute blitzkriegs.  I love the titles here too: “I Don’t like You”, “I’ll Destroy You”, “I Don’t Wanna” etc. etc. You get the idea.

OK, so ramalama punk is pretty much a thoroughly worked out genre by now and you may think  it’s hard to add much to what’s been before. But Team Trampoline do an excellent job of helping you forget what you know and just enjoying the moment with their electric shock rock.

Trampoline Team are Michael Hohan (guitar and backing vocals), Sam DeLucia (bass, vocals) and Shelby Grosz (drums). They sound as electrifying as this when they play live as well. Here’s a live performance video too from Amped & Wired (via Mississippi Public Broadcasting):




CrumbsCrumbs is a punk/ lo-fi/ post-punk band from Leeds UK, consisting of Ruth, Gem, Jamie and Stuart. That’s all there is to know. That’s all we need to know. “On Tiptoes” is the 2nd song on a 5 song release called simply “demos”

The five songs are all somewhat rudimentary constructions built around rumbling basslines and crunchy guitar, sounding like live practice room recordings, as you might expect with that “demos’ title.

Despite the superficial rough-around-the-edges nature of the songs each is satisfyingly different from the other and all pack an undeniable DIY pop-craft charm, with rattling-good post-punk structure and momentum.

“On Tiptoes” is built on a big pushy Steve Hanley-ish bassline but this isn’t The Fall. The song is reflective and melancholy, with Ruth or Gem singing “hope this message reaches you” – and instructing or admonishing “mind your manners, when it matters, always be kind, never ever undermine” in a voice that sounds more like its channeling deep regret and sadness – or perhaps cynicism – than anger.

It’s all very mysterious, and all the better for that. In a world of overcooked, glaringly obvious pop, a bit of mystery and anti-style no-shine grit is a wonderful thing to lose yourself in for a bit.






Abjects are a London-based trio playing primal ultra-fuzzy melodic garage rock. “Gone” jump-starts their 2015 EP also called “Gone”.

Garage-punk-psych-fuzz-rock… whatever this is called, Abjects are quality practitioners of a sub-genre that has been around for ages.

In “Gone” (the songs and the EP) they seamlessly combine some good old fashioned Punk Rock with some primitive but ultra-melodic Garage Rock and infuse it all with some heavy psych-fuzz through the wild feedback guitar solo. Timeless, fun and perfect.

As well as their 2015 “Gone” EP there is a new single “Double Bind” due out next month.

“Double Bind” was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jim Riley (long-time producer for Billy Childish) at his classic analog Ranscombe Studios and will be released via Greenway Records on March 10th 2016 both digitally and on limited edition 7” vinyl.

Here’s a video for “Double Bind”.

Emily Edrosa by Keva Rands

Emily Edrosa by Keva Rands

In the long wait between the first album by Auckland trio Street Chant and the second Street Chant album (which I’m hoping is ‘near’), guitarist/ vocalist Emily Edrosa has been playing solo shows and assembling the self-titled Emily Edrosa EP via DIY recording and cool/ distressed/ inventive samples/ loops/ percussion). It’s great stuff too.

Dragged outside of the power-trio punk snarl assault of Street Chant Emily’s song-writing reveals a dark, bruised introversion expressing itself with wry self-deprecating gallows humour. ‘The Corner of the Party’ confronts, but does so with so much style.

Try another great song from the EP –  ‘Underground’ – a hypnotic standout from Emily’s live solo sets.

Astro Children, Kings Arms, AKL - photo by Ben Howe

Astro Children, Kings Arms, AKL – photo by Ben Howe

Excuse me for repeating myself here but Sunday tradition round these parts involves me frightening the cat & the neighbours by playing Dunedin ‘shoeglaze’ space-punks Astro Children’s ‘Proteus’ album thrillingly loud.

So day 18 of the song-a-day-May NZ Music Month madness is ‘Shoe’ – a face-meltingly visceral two minutes thirteen seconds of fury from Astro Children. Strap yourselves in:

‘Shoe’ has long been a live favourite from Astro Children’s set. Isaac Hickey’s drumming here is the perfect bludgeoning beat willing it on; each piston-stroke compressing the volatile gasses of belligerent retributive anger, causing combustion.

And, as if the temperature isn’t already at a critical enough level here, the moment at 1:06 when the extra explosion of overdriven guitar kicks in is sublime.

This is rock and roll and punk rock at it’s primal scream elemental best; fury & rage channelled into a beat-rocking blast of propulsive plasma – a solar flare from an exploding sun.

I am now metaphorically exhausted… just listen to the song loud & see what you think. Oh & get the album too please… it’s on a lovely limited edition CD from Muzai Records.

Astro Children at the Kings Arms in Auckland, December 2013. Photo by Ben Howe from

Astro Children at the Kings Arms in Auckland, December 2013. Photo by Ben Howe from

The River Jones

The River Jones

Saw this Christchurch 4-piece band at Chick’s Hotel last night. Mind blown. If you like your guitar pop noisy/ dreamy/ explosive/ angsty/ sublime/ complex/ angular/ experimental/ technical/ manic/ subdued (sometimes all of the above in the same song) then check out The River Jones and their pay what you like Bandcamp album.

Here’s a song from it called ‘D in 3’. But do yourself a favour (if the description above is for you) and give the whole album a play.

There’s also a pretty cool/ gross video for the opening song ‘Steady Vision’. I like how it subverts all the standard NZ backyard barbecue goodtimes with alcohol and burnt food video clichés to create something funny, disgusting & troubling in equal parts. Spot the cameos from members of Doprah too (the two bands share a guitarist in common).

The River Jones

The River Jones