Dark, damp, leaden drone-rock from Wellington. What next?
The Civil Wars don’t quite live up to the hype, but Barton Hollow is very nice anyway.
Gary Steel is tired of singers who fake their melancholia
Mulholland’s debut drive is just okay, despite the precocious talent on offer
Kiwi abroad fashions an album, but hard bastard that he is, Gary Steel is unimpressed
Gary Steel continues his catchment of 2010 releases he ought to have reviewed, this time with an oddball NZ figure whose new album has a touch of genius about it
In the first of a new series – Unknown Pleasures – where he writes about worthy but under-recognised albums and artists, Gary Steel puts his case for The Decayes, one of the great unwritten stories of underground rock.
In honour of NZ Music Month, Gary Steel climbs into the crumbling catacombs of his back catalogue, and disinters a different story Every Day In May (EDIM). Today’s piece comes from a pre-Flying Nun South Island: my review of a seemingly completely forgotten album by a seemingly forgotten band called The Newz, published in the Evening Post, 19 July, 1980. I’ve still got this album. It’s alright.