Ayn Randy: S/T

The self-titled debut from New Zealand four-piece Ayn Randy delivers plenty of urgent punk on rip-roaring songs like “Billionare”, “Bart”, and “Fuckin Sheep”. But that’s not all the Wellington band’s first release brings to the table, because tracks like “Paranoid” and “Let Me In” also see Ayn Randy adding grungier ingredients into the mix. There’s definitely a socially conscious message embedded in many of Ayn Randy’s... Read More

Stress Ghetto, Razored Raw, And The Harshest Tunes Around…

At the end of this lengthy intro you’ll find an enthusiastic review of the first release from Wellington, New Zealand punks Stress Ghetto. The band’s debut is definitely on the raw side of the equation, and it’s definitely a lot of fun, and Stress Ghetto got me thinking about my own relationship/obsession with harsh music. I’m no fresh-faced whippersnapper. But I see plenty of other people my age still madly in love with ultra-noisy music.... Read More

Spiteful Urinator: Absurdities And Death Rites

I don’t think it’s going to shatter anyone’s illusions to point out that the music business is a hackneyed ol’ magic show full of tired misdirection and even more tired tricks. Of course, the majority of bands still seem happy to play along and embrace the gods of hollow hype. But then there are those bands that make their utter contempt of the music biz abundantly clear: New Zealand punk band Spiteful Urinator are one of those rare groups.... Read More

Rotten UK: That Is Not Dead

The first record I ever bought was a rowdy UK punk compilation called Punk And Disorderly III. I’ll understand if you’ve never heard of it before, because it was released way back in 1983. But in all the years since, I’ve never forgotten how I felt when I dropped the needle on that compilation’s first track. My life changed forever when Abrasive Wheels’ “Burn ’em Down” kicked in. It was like getting hit by a bolt of lightning.... Read More

Up The Punks & Rogernomix’s Tour of OZ / Asia 2016

Up The Punks is an online archive that documents the punk scene in Wellington, New Zealand Aotearoa – that is, round my neck of the woods. The site is curated by local punks, and it follows the birth of punk rock in Wellington (24 August, 1977, if you’re curious), right on through to today’s wayward activities. The site’s an engrossing repository of reminiscences, and features plenty of up-to-date developments. But Up The Punks’ most crucial... Read More

New Model Army: Winter

As New Model Army rose to fame during the 80s and early 90s, the band remained underground heroes in the eyes of many of their fans. The reason for that is simple: New Model Army were the voice of the dispossessed and the disenfranchised. And the band are still fighters and outliers today. They’re as intrepid and defiant as they ever were, decades down the line. But what’s often overlooked about New Model Army is that they’re still a genuinely... Read More

The Cavemen: S/T

A couple of weeks back, I pointed the Six Noises’ spotlight at Cemetery Circuit, the heavy-duty debut album from roughneck New Zealand surf punk combo The Dobermen. Cemetery Circuit features bleeding-raw garage rock and twangin’ rockabilly, both of which often thrum along at a motorik pace. However, what Cemetery Circuit also features––some might say, most of all––is a big old dose of swaggering attitude. That’s what The Dobermen are... 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

Trepanation: Hideous Black Abyss

Trepanation, Hideous Black Abyss. Get on this. [black metal death metal grind core metal punk war metal demo] All the good words, at name your price too.  Read More


There are two facets to Bones that’ll allow you to grasp their intent well in advance of hearing a note. Firstly, there’s the name. Bones—the cold hard stripped-down residue left over from the dead. And secondly, look at that line-up: Jon Necromancer, Carcass Chris and Joe Warlord. Even if you didn’t know a thing about Bones, simply reading those names on the back of the album cover would assure you that this has to be some seriously crushing... Read More

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