Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, Cut Off Your Hands make catchy and melodic post-punk-influenced indie rock. Early on, the band changed its name from Shaky Hands to avoid confusion with a Portland, OR, ensemble of the same name.
Two musicians, one loop station, a synth and a couple of guitar amps. Cairo Knife Fight bend all the rules. With a drummer stepping out of the shadows to lead, and songs that don’t just follow the tried and true but grow and develop as you listen. They are a band to set your heart on fire.
Connan Hosford originally started a ‘blues-pop’ band whilst living in Wellington, New Zealand, known as Connan and the Mockasins. The band, which included for a time James Milne of Lawrence Arabia and Reduction Agents fame on bass guitar, had success in Europe and the States.
In 2008, Hosford returned to play New Zealand with a new lineup – becoming a solo act under the name ‘Connan Mockasin’.
Connan Mockasin brings introverted, psychedelic pop translates into an oddly endearing live show that is about both music and his own partiality for performance art.
Track listing: Nothing Lasts Forever; Caramel; I’m the Man, That Will Find You; Do I Make You Feel Shy?; Why Are You Crying?; It’s Your Body 1; It’s Your Body 2; It’s Your Body 3; It’s Your Body 4; It’s Your Body 5; I Wanna Roll with You..
Clap Clap Riot are a four-piece rock n’ roll band from Auckland, New Zealand, known for their raw and energetic songwriting and magnetic live shows.
Following the release of an EP in 2009 produced by Jimmy Christmas (The D4), the band unveiled their debut album ‘Counting Spins’ through Universal Music NZ (2012). Upon release, the album debuted at #1 on the Official NZ Album Chart, received a nomination at the 2012 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards for Best Rock Album, was named the NZ Rock Album of 2012 by iTunes and saw the band shortlisted for NZ’s most prestigious songwriting award, the APRA Silver Scroll for the single ‘Everyone’s Asleep’. In tandem, their single ‘So You Say’ hit #1 on the NZ iTunes Rock Charts, and reached #4 on the NZ Singles Radio Airplay Chart.
Track listing: Holiday; Two Track; Yoko Ono; Lie; So You Say; Never Go Back; Moss-Haired Girl; Everyone’s Asleep; Not The Trend; Forget You; Growing Up; Stop Falling / Everywhere I Go; Feedback* (iTunes exclusive bonus track).