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.’’
Albi and The Wolves are a four piece Folk Rock Band from Auckland, New Zealand. The band is headed by Chris (Albi) Dent on vocals and Guitar, Matt Owens on Banjo, Michael Young on the Double Bass and Pascal Roggen playing Fiddle.
AATW base themselves as an originals band but have a vast repertoire of popular covers mastered in their own way, style and feel.
They have toured New Plymouth, Raglan, Hamilton and Auckland playing at various popular venues.
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.
Shepherds Of Cassini are a post-progressive rock-metal quartet from Auckland, New Zealand.
Expect dynamic, intricate compositions featuring heavy riffs and peculiar rhythms, brooding textures and soaring melodies, symphonic buildups and psychedelic breakdowns, passages of tranquil beauty and whirlpools of harrowing noise.
The band consists of Omar Al-Hashimi (drums), Vitesh Bava (bass), Felix Lun (violin) and Brendan Zwaan (guitar, vocals).
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.
Monster rock from the Land of the Long White Cloud.
Formed in 2009, The Jury and the Saints’ first year was a relentless one. The band played live to over 50,000 people and National TV channel, FOUR, picked up the boy’s first single, Brand New, as the channel’s promo song as well as a short documentary about the band and their music. The video for ‘Brand New’ soon became the number one most played video on C4 and a top five single on MySpace music.
Not long after all this the band were asked to support global hit makers Paramore on their NZ tour. Paramore loved the band so much they invited the guys on a full eight date, Stadium, Australasian (Australia and NZ) tour to an overwhelming response – reaching over 60,000 in 8 shows.
In October 2012 the band was signed to SPV Records in Germany. A tour followed soon after in 2013 through Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
The River Jesters are New Zealand’s own psychedelic blues rock gypsies.
A four piece band formed in 2012 in Dunedin, The River Jesters received high levels of national attention following frontman Tom Batchelor’s X Factor appearances in 2013. The band gained a strong following as a result of his TV appearances and had over 14,000 Bandcamp streams of their acoustic album ‘Really Bad Apples’ within a week.
Band members are:
Tom Batchelor – vocals, guitar
Michael Morris – guitar, vocals
Sam McKean – bass, vocals
Antonio Mercuri – drums
The Killer Seas are a rock band from Queenstown, New Zealand. They play raw soul music soaked in whiskey, overdrive and reverb.
“From an island in the south pacific that is pounded by raging waters on all sides in an alpine town surrounded by mountains come The Killer Seas!”
It’s their blending of rough and polished, loud and quiet, soul and noise that has seen them winning over crowd after crowd. A working band with a wall of guitar fuzz, rumbling low-end bass and pounding drums behind howling vocals. The Killer Seas have been performing together since late 2013.
The Killer Seas are Tai Forrester/Joe Cowie/Joel Rowlands/Andy Paterson with live appearances from Conan Wilcox.