Strangely Arousing

About Strangely Arousing:

Strangely Arousing are a five piece progressive Ska/Reggae band that incorporate an open minded approach to different genres and styles into their music.

Hailing from their hometown of Rotorua, the band is quickly making their way into the New Zealand music scene with their unique sound and epic stage performance.

Strangely Arousing won the Battle of the Bands competition in 2014.

Band members are:

Lukas Wharekura – Vocals, Lead Guitar
Shaun Loper – Bass
Oliver Prendergast – Drums, Cymbals
Forrest Thorp – Trumpet, Keys
Liam Rolfe – Trombone, Backing Vocals

 

Albums

Strangely Arousing‘Extended Play’ ©2014

Track listing: Live to Live; Kupenga ; Lincoln Parks; Special Spice; Flood Warning; Skar.

 

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http://strangelyarousing.bandcamp.com/

 

Media

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503432&objectid=11256332

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Contact

strangelyarousingnz@gmail.com

 

Roofdog

About Roofdog:

Wedged in between the worlds of reggae and punk, Roofdog have been making people dance en masse since 1999. Their brand of guitar driven ska music has taken them up and down the country many times and across the ditch for the 2012 Ska Weekender tour of Australia.

2010 saw the release of their long awaited self titled album with the first pressing selling out quickly and the 2nd snatched up almost as fast. Tracks Drop the Bomb and Metalliska were standout tracks which received airplay on BFM, BaseFM and other local stations.

Equally at home playing with the likes of Aotearoa reggae legends Unity Pacific or at the annual NZ punkfest Roofdog has shared the stage with a variety of top NZ acts. In 2011 Roofdog supported US touring acts the Aggrolites and No Use For a Name for packed out shows at Auckland’s Kings Arms. October 2014 saw Roofdog opening up for 2-tones legends the Selecter at the Studio in Auckland. The chance to support UK punk legends Stiff LIttle Fingers on their 2008 NZ tour was keenly accepted including shows at Auckland’s Powerstation and Christchurch’s Civic. Other notable gigs include Stony River Ska fest, Toots and Grooves, and the 2013 Auckland Ska Festival and have also enjoyed a five year collaboration with Exponents front man Jordan Luck, playing at the annual Strummer Day tribute gig for Joe Strummer.

With a new album’s worth of material already written the next Roofdog release is planned for early 2015.

 

Roofdog are:

Jake- Vox, guitar
Ross- Bass, BV’s
Ryan- Drums
Tim- Lead Guitar
Heather – Keys, Bv’s

 

Albums

Roofdog ‘Roofdog’ ©2010

 

 

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Reviews

http://www.muzic.net.nz/articles/reviews/44779/roofdog-self-titled-album-review

 

 

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www.facebook.com/RoofdogNZ/

 

Atsushi and the Moisties

About Atsushi and the Moisties:

Atsushi and the Moisties is an Auckland based ska/ rocksteady/ reggae band.

Atsushi Ukito, aka “Moisty Atsushi” immigrated to New Zealand in 1999 from Japan. That year he joined Auckland ska band Risto Rockers as guitarist and songwriter. Later he joined local ska/punk band Skivvy, on trumpet and back-up vocals. Atsushi toured New Zealand with both bands, as well as playing countless local gigs and continued to write and record his own tunes.

With a near-obsessive passion for 1960s Jamaican ska and rocksteady music, Atsushi started a solo project in 2003, evolving it by 2006 into popular authentic ska band Atsushi and The Moisties. Under his leadership, the band looked to recreate the sound of early Jamaican ska, releasing their Sound of the Ska EP in 2008 and sold-out vinyl 7″ Kingsland the Great in 2010.

Atsushi and The Moisties have performed at numerous shows and festivals around the country, alongside both local and international acts. As part of his high-energy stage act with The Moisties, Atsushi dons animal costumes on-stage, a unique performance aspect that the band is renowned for.

 

 

 

Albums

Atsushi and the Moisties ‘Moisty Atsushi’ ©2014

Track listing: Atsushi and the Moisties – Dedicate To Don; Atsushi and the Moisties – Sound Of The Ska; Moisty Atsushi’s Rocksteady All Stars – Fire Train; Atsushi and the Moisties – Kingdom Fall; Moisty Atsushi’s Rocksteady All Stars – Freedom; Atsushi and the Moisties – One People; Atsushi and the Moisties – Rasta Cow; Atsushi and the Moisties – Kingsland The Great; Atsushi and the Moisties – Lost Love; Moisty Atsushi’s Rocksteady All Stars – Come On Come On; Moisty Atsushi’s Rocksteady All Stars – Fight For Your Right; Atsushi and the Moisties – Victim Of Authority; Moisty Atsushi’s Rocksteady All Stars – Poorman Song.

 

 

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http://atsushiandthemoisties.bandcamp.com/album/moisty-atsushi

 

Media

http://www.ripitup.co.nz/music/atsushi-and-the-moisties-moisty-atsushi/

 

 

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Contact

moisties@gmail.com

 

Yebiisu

About Yebiisu:

From the depths of the Waitakere Ranges comes Yebiisu… a soulful and politically-conscious mix of funk, dub, and ska, powered by tribal percussion, bass-heavy grooves, harmonic horns, and mezmerising vocals.

With the aesthetic of windswept New Zealand beaches and lush West Coast rainforest permeating their music, Yebiisu have managed to distance themselves from the traditional kiwi ‘barbecue reggae’ sound.

Lyrically, they are known for mixing an uplifting blend of party tunes and upbeat ska (‘Take You Away’) with socially-aware anthems of anarchy (‘Money’s Gonna Get Ya’, and ‘Mr Policeman’) to follow in the vein of protest songs perhaps lacking in recent years amongst Aotearoa reggae.

YEBIISU are: Simon Ross (Bass) / James Bristow (Guitar) / John Faulding (Keys/Melodica) / Scott Wotherspoon (Drums) / Ignacio Valencia (Percussion) / Jono Tan (Trombone/Shells) / Scott Thomas (Saxophone).

 

Albums

Yebiisu‘Piha EP’ ©2010

‘Exit City EP’ ©2012

Track listing: Right Out The Door; Money’s Gonna Get Ya; Answers; 420 feat. Kevin Mark Trail; Exit City.

 

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Contact

band@yebiisu.co.nz

 

Night Gaunts

About Night Gaunts:

High energy, sing-a-long ska, reggae, punky, hip-hop that will embed itself into your brain from the moment they hit your ears.

Night Gaunts are:

Paul on vocals and guitar, Hayden on Bass, Daniel on Keys, Guitar, and Vocals, Jacob on Sax and Vocals, and Simon on the drums. They put on an insanely cool live show have received acclaim and praise from fans and critics both here in New Zealand and overseas.

Their music is a combination of ska, hip-hop, punky, reggae (has been described as a cross between the Beastie Boys and Sublime). Night Gaunts give off so much positive energy a live show is a totally awesome experience. If you haven’t seen them before, you are in for a real treat!

 

Night GauntsAlbums

‘Full Body Tourettes (Pt II)’ ©2011

‘Love Life & The Devil’ ©2012

Track listing: Mosquitoes; Ill Informed; Pink Lagoon; Under Stars; Crowned by the Devil; Money, Money, Money.

 

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http://www.nightgaunts.com/

 

Media

http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/north-harbour-news/9130075/Band-home-after-US-road-trip

 

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Contact

contact@nightgaunts.com