Music : Potion

It was only 2 months ago. Just a fortnight before the country went into level 4 lockdown, but it feels like it was a year ago. I took a weeks leave to make the most of a string of gigs I had tickets for starting with the Obey the Riff Festival, the next day at…

Music : Today is the Day Willpower

Through the 90’s the Amphetamine Reptile label helped to launch a diverse quirky assult on the world’s eardrums. The bands, who all had origins in the punk and metal world, came to be known as noise core. My favorite of these acts is Today is the Day. Everything was outside the norm with TITD. They…

Music : It’s Me God

The world is full of music that is criminally underrated. Genius seethes and simmers in the shadows as the world convulses to the latest pan flashing identikit pop sensation. Breach is high on the list of gems people don’t seem to know about. Hailing from LuleĆ„ Sweden Breach formed part of the Burning Heart Swedish…

Music : Dark Buddha Rising

Sometimes it can seem like the music I listen to all stems from the 90’s and before. However I do at times jolt myself out of middle age nostalgia . One of the bands to have really grabbed my attention recently has been Finnish stoner / doom / drone / post Black metal outfit Dark…

Music : My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult – Wax Trax! years

In the mid 90’s I was flicking through the Wellington City Library cd shelves when I stumbled upon an interesting looking album named Confessions of a Knife by the even more interestingly named group My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. My teenage metal head interest was sparked . I took out the album and…

Music : Virus 100 – in praise of covers

It seems to be all the rage to hate covers these days. I bloody love them. Or more specifically I love them when a band takes a song and warps its , molds it, transforms it to become something new. If no one hates it its probably not that good. In an age before digital…

Beer, Music : Keep Beer Funky, Keep Music Evil

Keep Beer Funky , Keep Music Evil. It’s a bit of a motto for me. I once lived with a guy who had a badge with Keep Music Evil written on it. Ever since I have been taken with the line. Since I have added my thought on beer . Now I have designed a…

Music : Thistle Hall , a community of noise

In 1996 I moved schools from Rongotai College to Wellington High School. At Rongotai I had been part of a small group of heavy metal listening friends in a school whose focus was definitely more geared towards sport. Wellington High was a gloriously different beast with a strong music tradition. Members of Shihad had graduated…