Hollywoodfun Downstairs: Tetris

True story: I was actually listening to a radio interviewee explain how playing the video game Tetris can rewire your brain, when Tetris, the latest album from New Zealand three-piece Hollywoodfun Downstairs (HFD), dropped into my mailbox. That aforementioned interviewee talked a lot about ‘The Tetris Effect’, which occurs when people focus their energies so intently on an activity that it ends up having a profound effect on their thinking. You... Read More

Six Noises’ 2015 Extravaganza: New Zealand Noise

Welcome to the seventh post of Six Noises’ 2015 end-of-year shenanigans. I’ve been letting fly with lists cataloguing first-rate metal, punk, experimental rock, and now (in this last post) riotous New Zealand albums. None of the posts are ranked, because all I really want to do is recommend a whole heap of great music. Cheers for stopping by my list of favourite noisy New Zealand albums from 2015. Admittedly, if you’re an NZ music buff, you... Read More

Video debut: Plastic Fascinations, from Hollywoodfun Downstairs

  I didn’t know what to make of Hollywoodfun Downstairs when I first heard them. I mean, there was no question I loved what I heard on Reactions, the latest album from the Wellington, New Zealand-based trio. Their instrumental prowess and daredevil songwriting was hugely impressive, and the album’s hooks and production packed a heavyweight punch. However, I was totally flummoxed about how I was going to accurately describe the stop-on-a-dime,... Read More