Grayson Gilmour has been channeling his existential musings into song since the early Y2Ks. He leads a threefold life as solo artist, film composer & So So Modern synth-dude, attempting to balance an introverted, extroverted, contemplative, hedonistic & ecstatic type of musical schizophrenia… or just his general over-enthusiasm.
Its been a steady evolution, starting at 16 with his first solo CD-Rs, to forming ‘So S0 Modern’ at 20, to scoring his first feature film at 26.
Gg’s latest album ‘Infinite Life!’ was released early 2014 on Flying Nun, he is currently performing both as a soloist and with a band, while also undertaking his Masters in Composition.
“Infinite Life!… sees Gilmour continue his rise as one of the most exciting musicians currently active in the country.” – Max Walker, Under The Radar
“Gilmour’s sense of the little things that matter in music make most of his contemporaries sound like amateurs!” – Gary Steel, Metro
“He makes places and characters come to life, breaking down the facade of modern pop music and presenting a more realistic approach to song writing that completely exposes itself to the listener.” – Nick Fulton, Einstein Music Journal
“Who else writes tunes as achingly beautiful as these? Not many people around here, that’s for sure!” – Nick Bollinger, The Listener
Blues, rock and shred with a punch to the head. Kara Gordon is ready to take off. Watch out for the wreckage.
The Kiwi guitar hero has, until now, been a live phenomenon, largely in New Zealand but occasionally in Australia, with some of the world’s finest dribbling over themselves at his exceptional ability.
Joe Satriani has described him as ‘‘one of the most prolific guitarists I’ve ever seen’’, Living Colour founder Vernon Reid dubbed him ‘‘Jimi Hendrix reincarnated’’, while Jason Becker, one of the greatest shredders of all time, emailed him after he saw a video on You Tube to say he really thought Gordon’s playing was great. That’s high praise, indeed.
‘‘I am still hugely honoured and humbled by these compliments by such great men,’’ Gordon says. ‘‘I’ve worked hard to be the best I can.’’
God Bows To Math are a noise-rock band from Auckland, New Zealand.
God Bow To Math aren’t complicated, they are two Aucklanders and a Geordie who managed to lose his accent. Three men with varying abilities to grow facial hair, and bodies perfectly formed for recessed stages in dimly lit underground bars, floors sticky with stale alcohol.
The last few years have seen them grow from noisy kids into well-honed veterans, touring New Zealand too many times to count, sharing stages with many a touring band and even managing to head out to Australia and China.
Gigging everywhere and anywhere, sharing bills with bands spanning genres including indie (Die! Die! Die!, Street Chant, DHDFDs, The Sneaks), hip-hop (Dam Native, Misfits of Science), hardcore (Malenky Robot, Parents, Carthaginian), noise-rock (Mountaineater, Dean Roberts, TFF), internationals (My Disco (Au) Ouch My Face (Au)) and everywhere in between. Constantly championed as one of the hardest working bands in the country, the group have completed a number of national headlining tours, building a fan-base in every major centre, and doing it all themselves.
For a group with the sound they exude, they’ve not been ignored by the music press either. With a glowing review for their split with TFF appearing in Real Groove Magazine (“God Bows to Math are a blunt instrument” – 4/5 Stars), the band have also been covered by Rip It Up Magazine, interviewed by Troy Ferguson on 95bFM’s “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Wire” in Auckland as well as by RadioActive (Wellington), VBC (Wellington), Radio One (Dunedin), RDU (Christchurch), Christchurch daily newspaper The Press and a number of internet websites, publications, zines and blogs.
Goodshirt are an alternative/pop/rock band from Auckland, New Zealand. The band first came to prominence in 2000. The single ‘Sophie’, from their first album, reached number one on the New Zealand singles chart in 2002. Following this success the album was released in Australia, Canada and Japan.
The band went on hiatus in 2005, but in early 2012 they began playing again.
Band members are:
Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing began as a creative collaboration by Casey James lAtimer and Alexander Brown.
The group is varied in its influences and does not conform to any genre or style or restrict itself to any approach. It began as a four piece industrial/noise band that improvised the use of tape machines, samplers and percussion and since then has evolved into a song based, folk influenced project while keeping much of its industrial/noise roots.
Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing, without pretense or reserve, touches on themes such as sex, sexuality, morality, mental health, relationships, drugs, spiritualism, religion and the occult.
Members: Steven Huf Pope Casey James lAtimer Catherine Cumming Bukk Ak Alexander Brown.
Ghost Wave are a four-piece rock band from Auckland, NZ with a sound that finds itself somewhere between the Flying Nunbands of the ‘80s, the British explosion of the ‘60s, and the wayfaring dubs of Lee “Scratch” Perry.
In the beginning, Ghost Wave was a project relegated to a small room in Auckland, New Zealand. In time, the sonic chemistry that resulted from one person’s relentless work caught the attention of fellow music maker and soon-to-be collaborator Eammon Logan (Drums). Together they self-recorded what came to be their self-titled EP; a collection of sunny and warped songs characterized by jangly guitars underpinned by motor-style rhythms and a unique melodic sensibility. Ghost Wave recruited the talents of Mike Ellis (Bass, Vocals) and Jamie Kennedy (Guitar) to assist with the recording. Shortly after, both joined the band.
Ghetto Sunrise have been hailed as the New Face of New Zealand Drum and Bass, bringing you a fine fusion of drum ‘n’ bass, dubstep and live electronica.
Their 2014-released album sees the band depart from the roots-inspired electronica of their debut EP, and move into a hard and heavy realm to deliver an album with energetic live drum and bass sound.
“Ghetto Sunrise is comprised of heavy drum and bass fanatics and we felt that it was time to return to our roots and release something with a harder edge, whilst still maintaining the characteristic dynamics our fans love us for,” says Joel.
Founded in 2013, band members are:
Joel C Blood – Guitars, Vocals, Synths, Programming
Josh Burke – Guitars, BV’s
“B-sey” – Bass, Synths
The band welcomes new guest member Emma Petera, who sings lead vocals on ‘Lost and Higher’ on their 2014 album.
The Glocks, founded in 2010, are a rock and growl band; writing and playing original music that has an 80’s type rock new wave vibe. The songs are punctuated with irreverant humerous, sometimes dark sometimes sleazy lyrics, growling guitars and cool pop hooks.
The Glocks are: