Spiral has a groove. The groove is alive; it has soul, it has emotion, it can get hot and sweaty and it does not fear to get a little dirty.
Where soul meets samba, rock and jazz meet reggae, and horns rub shoulders with lush keys and broken strings, these are the places where Spiral unites.
Hailing from Auckland, on New Zealand’s picturesque West coast, you’ll be treated to soaring vocals, raging solos, a horn section that packs a phat punch from a collective of some of New Zealand’s finest musicians.
Members: Andrew Hall: Vocals, Saxophone, Ewi Finn Scholes: Trumpet, Juno Hamish Jellyman: Trombone, Percussion, MS2000 Anthony Hunt: Piano/Organ/Rhodes, Joel Vinsen: Guitar, Pedals Dave Hodkinson: Bass, Moog Chris Grant: Drums.
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.
Stingray is a 5-piece blues band from New Zealand who play original, big, hot blues with a front line of harmonica and guitar. Stingray influences are broad – especially with their up tempo swing sound – it shimmies and it shuffles and there’s rock and roll and boogaloo rhythms that make you want to dance.
Good old Honest to goodness “Jump’n Blues “and old school “Funky Soul” with a twist of Jazz, played the old fashioned way. The material they play is a nod to their heroes, T-Bone Walker, Louis Jordan, Little Walter and they have a growing set of their own tunes on contemporary topics.
All their songs, written by frontman Brian Glamuzina, are modern and topical. When Stringray hit the stage and start playing they deliver a show that has an energy that is well worth the effort of coming along to see them live.
“The energy is really high, we play like we’re a young band. It’s energy you wouldn’t normally get with an older band.”
Julian Temple Band formed in Dunedin, New Zealand in February, 2004 have since independently recorded and released four albums and have completed various successful tours around N.Z. and overseas.
Temple also released his solo album titled ‘Nowhere Fast’ in October 2011. To promote the work, the troubadour embarked on a world tour which saw him play three countries in three consecutive nights and tour the U.S.A., Australia and New Zealand for six months.
PMK (drums), Albert Sanudo (bass), Julian Temple (guitar/vocals), Paul McMillan (bass) and Alex Vaatstra (violin).
Sal Valentine & The Babyshakes have twisted the fabric of musical time and lived to deliver you a curated selection of infectious and original rhythm and blues.
Bandleader and songwriter Sal Valentine is framed by a slick quartet of horns toting heavy licks and a polished rhythm section comprised of piano, double bass and drums. Alongside the instrumentalists stand the foils to Sal Valentine: accomplished vocalists Chelsea Prastiti and Siobhan Grace.
The Babyshakes are:
Sir. Benjamin Sinclair
Graham Stoddard ‘The Grey’
Sir Jonathan Pearce the Great
feat. Adam Tobeck
Adrift in the sonic cosmos, somewhere between the constellations of Hip Hop, Free Jazz and Experimental Rock exists Alphabethead; a tea-drinking, turntable musician from New Zealand.
For over 10 years, using the techniques of scratching Alphabethead has breathed life into the skeletons of redundant vinyl. He has been described as “a virtuoso of the phonograph turntable” and “an outrageous performer whom you really must see to fully comprehend”.
Once New Zealand’s Champion Turntablist, Alphabethead is now an explorer of sound. His attraction to the turntable as a musical instrument was the endless possibilities that manipulation of sound on vinyl offers. A turntables colour palette is essentially the entire recorded history of music! Previously unheard combinations of sound can be melded together to form new musical landscapes.
Sitar and Theremin can duet with Tibetan Monk chants and a Mingus horn section, all atop a rhythmic backdrop of voodoo drumming and bowed double-bass! Expect to hear wonderfully strange sounds coaxed from the turntable, untried aural unions and mechanized, scatterbrain beats.
House of Shem hail from Aotearoa, New Zealand and like many legendary reggae groups this band is built around the classic harmony trio format. At the helm is Carl Perkins, a man with over thirty years experience writing and playing reggae music. As a former member of Herbs, Mana and the Twelve Tribes of Israel Band amongst others, Carl’s musical credentials are impeccable.
Joining him up front are two of his sons, Te Omeka and Isaiah who not only provide harmonies but both of whom also write, take turns at singing lead and play keyboards as well. It is this blood link and family bond that renders the sound of their combined voices as something really extraordinary. Each of the three has their own distinct song writing style and voice, effectively giving the band three different lead singers. The harmonies are sublime and the precision of their ensemble performance is phenomenal.
Credit must also go to the rhythm section – certainly one of the tightest you are ever likely to hear down in the South Pacific Aotearoa New Zealand, with Kaya Webster who is a “one-drop” prodigy, having played drums for the Twelve Tribes of Israel Band since he was of primary school age and Francis Harawira, a heavy-duty bassist also formerly of the T.T.I. Band and Token Village. Rounding out the sound is the exceptionally gifted guitarist Roy Venkataraman – a seasoned veteran himself who toured and played with The Wailers band for a number of years and the soul infused horns of Chris Nielson on saxophone.
The House of Shem live experience is an unforgettable occasion – a rare mixture of power and beauty. Whether you are Rasta or raver, this band’s incredible tightness, heavenly harmonies, conscious lyrics and blend of traditional and contemporary reggae styles will leave you spellbound.
Track listing: Take You There; Fighting for Freedom; She’s Mine; Hard Road (feat. Big Mountain); Harmony; For You and for Me (feat. DJ Sito); Jah Know; Crazy (feat. DJ Sito); Be Prepared; Let It Be; Calling; Stay Blessed.
Weird Together is the studio and live project from Dick Johnson and Nick Dwyer, spurred on by Nick’s love of exotic musics and crazy sounds from all far corners of the globe, and Dick’s love of taking said sounds and moulding them and sculpting them into solid grooves that make people wanna dance lots.
After years of mainy late night / early morning “yeah, let’s make some music together, sounds like fun” – the boys finally did it, and after a particularly inspirational session with some old Ethiopian Jazz records Weird Together was born.
The Horns Of Tekapo
The Gaza Tripp
Best described as a soul lost in the spirit of song, Arthur Ahbez is found around the outskirts of town donning a good pair of roman sandals and a cactus shirt.
Finding solace in the ethos of Jazz, Folk, and Psychedelic movements of the 1960’s, many such artists played a part in shaping his own song writing inclinations and musical outlook.
After parting ways with his first band Welfare Mothers, Arthur found freedom in building sounds on his own – expressions which reflect his understanding for honest, versatile music.
His penchant for DIY recording was blessed with an 8 track tape deck, found under a pile of flannel shirts – this marked a two year long writing and recording process for his recently released, acid folk debut album, Gold.
With the blood type of a nu-folk nostalgic poet, Arthur’s music is mainly focused around the art of capturing moments. From somber folk acoustic tracks to loud hip swinging jams, his music does all it can to push open doors and invite people to take part in the moment.
As a live band Arthur performs with a four-piece known as Superbird, with which he works to create high energies and emotions. Brothers Chanan and Rikihana Douglas are on drums and bass respectively – aside from sharing a band, they share 13 siblings. Anton Tennet is on organ and Thod Schmit plays percussion.