Violet Highway is a female fronted three piece that plies a fiery blend of Rock, Pop and Blues that will leave you torn between dancing up a storm and drunk texting your ex.
They match passionate lyrics with catchy melodies and powerful instrumentation. Lead vocalist Jacqui Munro belts out a tone described by listeners as “PJ Harvey meets Joan Jett” alongside her own gritty guitar work. The band’s rhythm section is defined by attention-grabbing bass riffs from Ant Deane and heavy, energetic drumming from James Rimmer.
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.
Radium is a metal band from East Auckland. Combining elements of crushing stoner doom with thrash metal, massive riffs, frantic drumming, roaring bass, and a mix of clean and screamed vocals from their double vocalists, they are a force to be reckoned with.
The band consists of Max Butchart on guitar and vocals, Bradley Church on guitar and vocals, Elijah Jurd-Pinho on bass guitar and Shay Walsh handling drums and percussion.
Influences: “We all have different tastes in music. For example Dahnu really loves Frank Ocean and listens to it blasting around the flat. Suren loves Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs at the moment. Billy still loves Tool. We all have varied influences at one time. Fleetwood Mac has been pretty radical for us. Also the Cure, the Beatles and Joy Division. John Frusciante is my favourite guitarist in the whole world.” Daniel Kerr
Band members are:
Dahnu – vocals
Daniel – guitar
Billy – bass
Suren – drums
Beach Pigs were finalists for the Critics Choice award at the New Zealand Music Awards in 2012.
Auckland’s Most Obnoxious Garage Rock 2 Piece. This dynamic duo is: Matthew Wall and Ian Brown.
Born in 2011, Dad Jokes were brought together by their shared love of drinking bargain bin beer, eating pepperoni pizza, being jerks and bad jokes. Some of those interests may explain why Ian was kicked out of Canada and banished to the ends of the earth (Karangahape Road in this instance).