Bad State is a New Zealand rock band that was formed in 2012 in Auckland. They play regularly at venues such as ‘The Kings Arms’, and ‘Ding Dong Lounge’.
Bad State has recorded an EP at ‘ROUNDHEAD STUDIOS’ and it is in the process of being mixed and mastered. The EP will have the following songs; ‘Lay Me Down To Die’, ‘Blind My Heart’, ‘Just Another Hypocrite’, ‘I Don’t Give A Damn’ and ‘I Don’t Love You’.
Band members are:
Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Alex Glucina, lead guitarist Joseph Macedo, bassist Tom Hatton and drummer Shannon Marr-Paraha.
Devilskin is a four piece band from Hamilton New Zealand formed in June 2010, they already have guts, class, kudos and confidence. The sum total of a determined and accomplished group of musicians who know what they want, the music is organic, dynamic and real.
Jennie Skulander – Vocals // Nail – Guitar //Paul Martin – Bass //Nic Martin – Drums.
The band features the spectacular Jennie Skulander on lead vocals. Her powerful and compelling voice and alluring stage presence sets her apart from any vocalist New Zealand has put up so far. With an unerring gift for melody, Jennie’s incredible voice sweeps from whisper to roar, rips with power, drips with melody and captivates with sincerity.
Jennie previously fronted Rotorua band Slipping Tongue garnering a swathe of fans with their videos, EPs and album. Slipping Tongue also impressed many when they opened for Coheed & Cambria in 2008.
On lead guitar is Nail from popular Waikato band Chuganaut who won the NZ Battle of the Bands and the World Battle Of The Bands in 2004. Played BDO in 2005 and opened for Iron Maiden at Mt Smart stadium in 2009. Chuganaut has played numerous national tours and released several singles, EPs, videos and an album. Nail’s searing guitar work and high energy performance bring real intensity to the live show.
Playing bass guitar is Paul Martin, known as the Axeman from arguably, New Zealand’s most popular radio show, the Axe Attack. Lead guitarist and vocalist for World War Four, Paul’s previous bands include Knightshade and Blackjack. He has opened for Black Label Society (2006), Heaven & Hell (2007) and Motorhead twice (2008), and played BDO (2009). Paul’s powerful and aggressive bass style is a propulsive force in the bands sound.
Nic Martin joined Devilskin as drummer in August 2011 at the age of 15. Paul’s son, Nic is the youngest artist to ever play the BDO when he performed with World War Four in 2009 at the age of 13. Nic adds to the show with a real display of power and passion on the drums. With a fierce style all his own and the inexhaustible energy of youth, Nic’s truculent style and showmanship are fast becoming a talking point on the NZ live music scene. Not to mention making Devilskin one of the few bands featuring a father and son in their line-up.
Together, Devilskin have the ability to write songs that have depth and passion. They create a compelling and irresistible sound and perform a stunning, explosive, live show.
Track listing: Elvis Presley Circle Pit; Little Pills; Vessel; Start a Revolution; Never See the Light; Until You Bleed; Fade; Surrender; Burning Tree; The Horror; Violation; Covert; Cherophobia; Dirt.
Racing is a rock and roll band from Auckland, New Zealand.
As equally punishing as it is liberating, their sound is otherworldly and mind bending. Rhythms that chant and melodies that hover allow them to take the straight rock and roll music they love somewhere new, somewhere entirely theirs. It could be described as hypnotic, groove based, rock and roll with touches of English big beat.
Formed from various Auckland bands, Edward Knowles and Sven Pettersen (The Checks), Izaac Houston (Space Creeps), and Daniel Barrett (Sherpa).
The boys have been building towards an album over the last year.
‘Carnivalize’ is their first offering, a song about transforming into a heightened version of yourself. Check it out and enjoy the madness.
Clap Clap Riot are a four-piece rock n’ roll band from Auckland, New Zealand, known for their raw and energetic songwriting and magnetic live shows.
Following the release of an EP in 2009 produced by Jimmy Christmas (The D4), the band unveiled their debut album ‘Counting Spins’ through Universal Music NZ (2012). Upon release, the album debuted at #1 on the Official NZ Album Chart, received a nomination at the 2012 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards for Best Rock Album, was named the NZ Rock Album of 2012 by iTunes and saw the band shortlisted for NZ’s most prestigious songwriting award, the APRA Silver Scroll for the single ‘Everyone’s Asleep’. In tandem, their single ‘So You Say’ hit #1 on the NZ iTunes Rock Charts, and reached #4 on the NZ Singles Radio Airplay Chart.
Track listing: Holiday; Two Track; Yoko Ono; Lie; So You Say; Never Go Back; Moss-Haired Girl; Everyone’s Asleep; Not The Trend; Forget You; Growing Up; Stop Falling / Everywhere I Go; Feedback* (iTunes exclusive bonus track).
With an eclectic style that blends traditional rock with a modern alternative attitude, Brutally Frank offers an energetic and passionate show!
Jeremy Frank delivers the message with intensity and showmanship, backed by a wall of distorted guitar melodies compliments of Mike Rakich and Phil Woollams. Scotty Morgan (on drums) and Stu Mack (on bass guitar) play the hell out of their instruments and provide the pounding rhythm that is the essential trademark of this outstanding rock band.
Brutally Frank…… the band’s name reflects the attitude of the song writing, with content that is generally based on true life experience and definitely pulling no punches! Brutally Frank were extremely prolific on the live NZ scene from 2004 to 2010, culminating in a national tour and the release of their debut album “The Finer Details” to critical acclaim, garnering several favourable reviews in the NZ Music press including five stars in Rip It Up. Singles “Unceasing” and “Hope is an Opiate” were backed by NZ On Air with video production for Unceasing and considerable radio play for both singles.
The band has left no stone unturned on the North Island circuit, having played at just about every available venue, with bands such as Head Like a Hole, Tadpole, Autozamm, The Tea Party (Canada) , Fur Patrol, Stylus and Revolver.
After a three year hiatus, the band has reformed (with original bass player Stuart McKechnie returning to the fold replacing Aaron Corbett) and Brutally Frank are looking to record a fresh single with a follow up second album. Recent live shows include their incredible performance supporting Devilskin on their recent tour.
‘Opening the night were Brutally Frank, their name matched their attitude, they were aggressive and uncompromising, delivering tough hard rock, very powerful and moody. With a rare stand-alone singer Jeremy Frank who made use of his freedom to strut around and place himself outside the stage occasionally as with one song performed in front of the stage on a crate. A powerful set of full on rock which left you a little breathless and intimidated, but in a good way!’ NZ Musician
This dynamic fusion of awesome musos is a must-see!
After co-writing The Feelers hit single “Communicate”, Donald Reid (Vocals, Guitar and Songwriter) was nominated for ‘Best Songwriter of the Year’. Donald also co-wrote several singles for two Feelers albums including “The Web” and “Fallout Shelter”. With the production assistance from his brother James Reid, the two brothers then set about recording “In A Taxi Home” in various studios but notably Abbey Road in London. When Donald Reid’s debut solo album launched the critical response was overwhelmingly complimentary. It was apparent the singer-songwriter had come up with some of the most assured and addictive songs New Zealand had heard for some time. Little wonder that respected music critic Graham Reid immediately likened him to Neil Finn, Greg Johnson and Dave Dobbyn.
Having played shows with Martha Wainwright, Simple Minds, Kris Kristofferson, Carole King and Eskimo Joe, Donald joined up with old friends and battle-hardened musicians, to form The Hand.
Greg Hart (Lead Guitar) and Matt “Lazy Snare” Johnson (Drums) were part of well-known ’90’s Christchurch band “Wild Turkey”. Wild Turkey toured Europe in ’93/’94 on the back of their EP “Payback Time”. They received rave reviews during the Edinburgh Festival. They played gigs alongside “The Proclaimers” and also played a set at the famous “T-In The Park” festival in Glasgow. Whilst playing in the French Alps the band hooked up with Jimmy Barnes and played an epic gig at the famous Meribel ski resort.
On their return to New Zealand, they became part of the house band and spent 4 years on the well-known TV show “Sports Cafe”. Gef Fitzpatrick has toured and played bass throughout NZ including being part of support acts for the recent Simple Minds tour and with Voodoo Kreepers at ex Stray Cats, Slim Jim Phantom’s Auckland show, and is well respected throughout the NZ Blues and Rockabilly scene.
Current Band members:
Donald Reid – Vocals / Guitar
Greg Hart – Lead Guitar
Geoff Fitzpatrick – Bass
Richard Reid – Acoustic Guitar / Vocals
Steve Rooney – Drums
You would be hard pressed to believe that this band did not live through the 60’s or 70’s. Harvey Knows a Killer have recreated a sound that is reminiscent of the psychedelic era and dipped it in the melting pot of genres that is Aotearoa music, to produce their own style they call Southern Fried Voodoo Funk. Influences include The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Little Bushman and heavy doses of Jimi Hendrix.
Harvey Knows A Killer takes one home grown rhythm machine, grooves and layers it over a smokey organ and the soul funk pipes of a preacher, they then serve it red hot with a pair of southern fried guitars and their own honey mellowed harmonies.
Band members are: are Dillon (lead vocals and keys), Windon (guitar), Rewi (vocals and guitar), Joss (vocals and bass) and Jim (vocals and percussion).
“The month was truly topped off by a sensational (I mean it – these guys rock!) young blues band called Harvey Knows a Killer. They are playing a few professional gigs around Auckland soon and are 100% worth it!” — Luke Hurley, White Ribbon Day in Auckland.
Established in 1996, the Gary Harvey Band are a blues rock outfit, with its roots planted firmly in Texas, but influenced by just about anything with feel and a rock edge.
The band has become known for its strong blues roots, steeped in the sounds emanating along Highway 61 and inspired musically by both American and British blues rock music. In an interview, they cited some of the bands that had the biggest influence on them, which included Free, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Joe Bonamassa,The Foo Fighters, Allman Brothers, The Rolling Stones, ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
The Gary Harvey Band has always had a strong presence in the live music scene, with numerous festivals, tours and TV appearances, remaining active recording and producing new material.
Band members are:
Gary Harvey – Bass/Vocals
Tony Abbott – Guitar
Mike Beck – Drums