The AGM

About The AGM:

The AGM features Richard Adams (Nairobi Trio), Paul Gurney & Stuart McIntyre (The DeSotos), & Paul Crowther (formerly Split Enz & the Con Rays, plus creator of the Hot Cake guitar pedal).

Essentially an acoustic roots project that brings together some of New Zealand’s leading musicians in an intimate soundscape to deliver a mix of their original compositions and other material from the folk, country, bluegrass and jazz canons.

 

Albums

The AGM‘Unichord’ EP ©2014

 

 

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theagmNZ@gmail.com

 

The Desotos

About The Desotos:

‘A powerful blend of rock-infused country blues.’

The DeSotos have cemented their place as one of New Zealand’s leading exponents of the Americana / country blues genres following the release of two albums that have been universally embraced by the critics.

2008’s ‘Cross Your Heart’ was voted Manu Taylor’s no 1 New Zealand album of the year, and the 2011 release ‘Your Highway For Tonight’ has received glowing reviews nationally and in the US.

Both albums have supplied the theme and continuity music to the TVNZ South and North series presented by Marcus Lush.

And their live show steps it up a notch further – 4 part harmonies, rootsy Gretsch guitar, Hammond organ with Leslie, and a rock solid rhythm section make for a tight and dynamic live sound that is as
exciting as it is unique.

Band members are:

Paul Gurney – lead vocals, guitars
Stuart McIntyre – bass, vocals
Ron Stevens – Hammond, keyboards, vocals
Michael Burrows – drums, vocals

 

Albums

The DeSotos‘Cross Your Heart’ ©2008

‘Your Highway For Tonight’ ©2011

 

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Otis Mace

About Otis Mace:

Otis Mace is a singer/songwriter/musician. Often a solo artist but sometimes the leader of a band – OMM (Otis Mace Music) – including John Segovia, Daniel Mannetto, Robbie Rolls, plus various other musos from the Auckland indie scene.

Crafty, irreverent, beguiling – Otis Mace presents comic love ballads, pop noir and surreal protest songs. Vivid stories introduce wildly provocative and punchy gems.

He has toured extensively and opened for diverse acts including: Billy Bragg, The Violent Femmes, Screaming Blue Messiahs, and D.O.A.

 

Albums

Otis Mace‘Balaclava’ – EP ©2014
‘Country Tree’ – Album ©2012
‘Two Black Cats’ – EP ©2009
‘Bird In Bush Road’ – Album ©2008
‘Quick’ – Album ©1996
‘Jabber and Hoot’ – Album ©1995,
‘Little Critters’ – EP ©1988
‘Heavy Petting’ – EP ©1986
‘Mecca’ – Single ©1982

 

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Swampland

About Swampland:

Bluesy rock ‘n’ roll from the deep, dark swamp…

Swampland is a four-piece band based in Auckland that consists of musicians from Bernie Griffen and The Grifters, Labretta Suede, and All Torn Up.  Though only founded by charismatic frontman Tony Daunt in 2012, with the conscription of Thomas Landon-Lane, and then Jamie Vodanovich and Chris Kemp (formally the rhythm section of Labretta Suede), the music of Swampland is an expression of Tony’s material accumulated over his entire lifetime.

“The music doesn’t just tell the story; it invites the listener to stand alongside us in the mud.”

The band may or may not draw influences from the likes of the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, the Cramps, Eddie Cochran, the Birthday Party, in different proportions, but certainly it has its own brand of swampy rock n roll.

Swampland is: Tony Daunt – Vocals and Guitar; Thomas Landon-Lane – Guitar; Jamie Vodanovich – Bass; Chris Kemp – Drums.

 

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http://craccum.ausa.auckland.ac.nz/?p=4072

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http://www.swampland.co.nz/contact/

 

 

Bernie Griffen and The Thin Men

About Bernie Griffen and The Thin Men:

Founding member of The Grifters, Bernie Griffen has been front and centre of New Zealand’s music scene for nearly two decades, as long-time and well-loved host of 95bFM’s Border Radio show as well as performer and champion of independent Kiwi music.

A singer-songwriter with a powerful voice full of soul, humour and sadness, Griffen is a story-teller to the core, penning songs about characters real and imagined existing in a world of criminals and saints; dusty feet and wounded hearts. He draws influence from blues, from the country-rock of Gram Parsons and The Grateful Dead, the sharp-tongued lyrical wit of Bob Dylan, the mournful wails of Neil Young and outlaw country singers like Johnny Cash.

2014 sees Griffen step out into new territory with the record Salvation, recorded at Auckland’s The Lab studio with a star-studded back-up band The Thin Men, comprised of the formidable Chris O’Connore [The Phoenix Foundation, Trinity Roots, SJD and more], Mike Hall and Mathias Jordan [Pluto], and Jolyon Mulholland [Gasoline Cowboy, Mulholland] with Steve Roach [Bernie Griffen and the Grifters] and long-time partner/collaborator Kirsten Warner.

 

 

Albums

The new record ‘Salvation’ sings out like a scream in a quiet night — Bernie’s characters are hard-living and hard-loving, outlaw and saviour, the lover and the man in trouble — Bernie Griffen tells tales of adventure, loss and a life hard lived.

Bernie Griffen and the thin menIt’s a timely follow-up from 2011’s Everything So Far (Bernie Griffen and the Grifters) — which featured the song “29 Diamonds”, championed by Radio New Zealand’s Trevor Reekie in 2011: “If there’s any justice in this industry, “29 Diamonds” would win a Silver Scroll, it is achingly poignant and it will travel forever.”

 

 

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http://libel.co.nz/blog_posts/7116-bernie_griffen

http://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/index.php/2014/10/bernie-griffen-and-the-thin-men-salvation-album-review/

http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/review/992/Salvation.utr

 

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bernie@flamingpearl.co.nz