Carb on Carb
Emo tour dogs Carb on Carb are Nicole and James from Tāmaki Makaurau. Their sophomore album ‘for ages’ was released mid-last year and echoes the many intimate community spaces the band have played throughout the world; basements in the US, living rooms in Australia, DIY venues in South East Asia and halls in rural New Zealand.
Cheshire Grimm have spent the past few years going from strength to strength. Whether it’s wowing crowds on either side of the ditch, churning out killer tune after killer tune, or taking their rightful place in respected kiwi music magazines, this grungey trio from Hamilton (NZ) have already made one hell of a name for themselves.
After all of their hard work, sharing bills with acts as diverse as Kora, Ladi6, Devilskin, Pitch Black, Skinny Hobos, and the legendary Cherie Currie (of The Runaways fame) on her world tour could hardly be called a fluke. 2017 marked the release of their long awaited second EP “Rain or Shine” - recorded and mixed by Paul Lawrence (His Master's Voice, Coridian) and co-produced by Ben King (Goldenhorse, Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn) and recorded at Roundhead Studios – which has received good reviews and airplay both in NZ and Australia.
Dead Little Penny
Dead Little Penny is the coming together of guitar-slinging vocalist and songwriter Hayley Smith, drummer/synth player Simon Buxton and guitarist/bassist Sean Martin-Buss, who create a soundscape of noisy textures, fizzing guitars and ambient synth, paired with catchy fuzz-pop melodies. Their latest singles ‘Honeycomb’ and ‘U 4 Me’ have gained traction on alt-radio both nationally and internationally.
CHAII is a Persian Kiwi rapper/producer-engineer who has been writing rhymes since the age of 11. Her musical influences range from Traditional Persian music, electronica and Hip Hop, all of which she draws from on her Music. Rapidly building herself a strong following through her live set and having an album worth of songs ready to go makes for an exciting year ahead for CHAII.
New Zealand-based rock duo HEX are Kiki Van Newtown and Jason Erskine. Brimming with frustration, imagery, and verve, their music deals in subversion: a discordant, electric experience under the umbrella of sonic twilight. They are currently joined by Lauren Ellis on drums. Since 2015 HEX have toured throughout New Zealand, Australia, and the USA, opening for major acts including Dinosaur Jr and The Kills. Their EP ‘Calling to the Universe’ and recent album ‘The Hill Temple’ (February 2018) were both critically well received, garnering extensive support from College Radio across Australasia and the U.S. HEX spent 2018 touring the U.S. ‘The Hill Temple’ spent 8 weeks in the NACC charts peaking at no. 88, and the band was covered by music media including NPR, Billboard, Bitch Media, The Chicago Tribune, and Noisey. HEX are currently in the studio recording their next LP ‘Big Woman’, release date tba. “HEX calls its sound "witch-rock," and damned if it doesn't sound like, well, witch-rock: dark and sinister, gritty and ethereal, muscular and feminine. The portentous epic "Sight Beyond the Line" storms and billows with ominous intensity, driven in part by the commanding presence of singer Kiki Van Newtown.” NPR SXSW 2018 Hottest 100
LEXXA are the proudly colourful twins Julia and Maude Morris. They reside in Mt Albert, Auckland and make dreamy synth pop that awkwardly tears at your heartstrings but still makes you smile. They just opened the main stage at Rhythm and Vines for new years, and will release a new single on valentines day.
Mainard Larkin is a rapper, performer and oddball based in Auckland, New Zealand. After graduating high school and realising he had no friends, Larkin began writing bedroom projects under the name Randa. Whether rhyming about favourite home cooked dishes, Neopets or navigating life as a non-binary trans person, they’ve been winning over hearts ever since the drop of debut EP, ‘Summer Camp’. Recent releases include songs such as ‘Angel Boy’ and the house influenced tribute to good style ‘Fashion’, which recently hit 100K streams on Spotify. Opening for international artists such as Grimes and Le1f, Larkin’s live performance has proved to be an exciting and authentically captivating extension of an infectious online music persona.
The Sami Sisters
Three coffee coloured, hot babe, songstresses of Irish and Indian descent, born and bred in Auckland, New Zealand.
Growing up in a noisy household, raised by their mum, the girls were attracted to an eclectic variety of music. They learned to sing watching the Sound of Music, Grease and West Side Story over and over again and were influenced by all the grunge, pop, and R’n’B awesomeness the 90’s had to offer.
Consequently they all wanted to write songs so they taught themselves to play guitar and found an audience wherever they could. Musicals, jazz bands, talent quests -Priya even slummed it in the sleazy underworld of covers bands for a bit. It wasn’t until 2007 that it dawned on them to combine their abundant ‘girl power’ to form The Sami Sisters.
Since becoming a band they have regularly played festivals and gigs around New Zealand and Australia including Womad and support for Rufus Wainwright and Kasey Chambers.
Tooms is a two piece band from Auckland. Their music is a sparse reduction of bass and drums with complimentary vocals. Singing might not be the right word. Obviously their music is completely unique and unclassifiable. But it might also be called winecore.
Emerging in February of 2018, TOOMS have been the beneficiaries of some hard core nepotism, having played with, among others, Divide & Dissolve, Street Chant, The D4, Long Distance Runner and Astro Children.
Auckland's Wax Chattels have achieved an astonishing amount since kicking off in 2016. The hard-gigging trio of Peter Ruddell, Amanda Cheng and Tom Leggett have swiftly gained a legion of fans for their inimitable brand of "guitarless guitar music,”. They met studying Jazz Performance at the University of Auckland, and started Wax Chattels a few years later. Since that time they have honed their live-shows into something that is not to be missed - it was after a particularly insane live performance that they were signed by both USA’s Captured Tracks and Flying Nun Records on the spot. The band say "we want to play shows that make people feel uncomfortable. The goal is to leave the audience feeling slightly altered, like they have experienced, not just heard or seen something.” Wax Chattels recalls the other side of Kiwi underground rock history, one that's a bit less sunny and jangly, and one that demands your attention.
Vallkyrie is 3 piece band hailing from South Auckland, New Zealand. Vallkryrie’s musical style has been described as pop rock and arena rock with influences from R&B, hip hop, EDM and new age. They explode onto the stage with powerful anthems mixed with heartfelt melodies and atmospheric instrumentals.
Vallkyrie has a dynamic set that caters for a wide audience, including upbeat feel good jams such as “Runaway Child”. Combined with their unique styling inspired from ancient Nordic culture, there is no other band like Vallkyrie.
Vallkyrie has achieved alot in this short time, a 12 show New Zealand tour, multiple festivals (Splore, Big Gay Out, George in the Park), and have also opened for international acts such as Safia (Australia). Vallkyrie are playing main stage at SPLORE 2019. Vallkyries debut EP went straight to the top of the NZ heatseekers chart.