EOY17: Punk demos.
EOY17: Let the mayhem begin...
New(ish) releases from noise-maker Huge Mutant and punk trio Total Ruin.
Here's a bunch of great punk that didn't make my final end of year list. But maybe it'll make yours?
Recorded live in a single session, The Hellebores tear through 11 tracks on their first release with barely a pause for breath.
Listening to the bleeding-raw debut from sludge punk duo Pantihero is about as pleasant as having iron filings stuck in your eye socket. But (a) that’s no bad thing, and (b) that’s kind of the point.
New Zealand DIY label Zero Style is celebrating its 5th anniversary. Cheers to label founder John Dimery for taking time to chat about ZS's past and future.
Ayn Randy’s sound is spiked with shout-a-long hooks, and their tracks tear along with plenty of pogoing propulsion, but the band aren’t afraid to get heavier or darker where need be.
Stress Ghetto's debut is definitely on the raw side, and it’s definitely a lot of fun, and it got me thinking about my own obsession with harsh music. Prepare yourself for an old man ranting at the clouds once again.
63.5 is the latest breakneck release from Auckland, New Zealand garage punk two-piece Blame Thrower. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Rohan Evans at The Wine Cellar, 63.5’s four turbocharged tracks
Many moons ago, US music writer and musician Erik Highter asked me (Craig Hayes, barely literate hermit) if I’d like to co-write a column about the albums we’d both discovered via
No Value is the debut recording from Auckland five-piece Long Distance Runner, and the 7” and digital release sound nothing like I’d expected — which is no bad thing. My expectations were based
Like many rapidly aging curmudgeons, I’m a complete hypocrite about the Internet. I mean, on the one hand, I’ll tell all and sundry about how much I detest the Internet because…
Most of the music we listen to is comprised of variations on familiar themes. It’s much rarer to encounter music that’s so utterly different that it’s genuinely innovative. But that’
It’s been busy round ’ere at Six Noises of late, and I’ve got a few more New Zealand punk bands to talk about before I take a nice long tea break.
True story: I was actually listening to a radio interviewee explain how playing the video game Tetriscan rewire your brain, when Tetris, the latest album from New Zealand three-piece Hollywoodfun Downstairs (HFD), dropped
One month into 2017, and I already have 11 New Zealand music releases to write about. Actually, make that 12 local releases; homegrown experimental label End of the Alphabet Records just announced a
My faithful ol’ computer gave up the ghost a few weeks ago, and while a dead computer is an undeniable hassle, it hasn’t all been bad news. It turns out that being
I’m going to turn 46 years old in 2017. Yeah… me too. That’s old. Like, old old. I can’t even comprehend that number. Although it probably explains why I went
Below is my list of my favourite New Zealand metal releases from 2016. If you’re wondering why (whoever) isn’t here, it could be that: (a) I thought (whoever’s) release was
Fuck ranking albums. Especially punk albums. A fucking pecking order is the absolute antithesis of what the music below stands for. But then, you kids like your lists, right? You love your countdowns,
Did I mention I write a semi-regular punk rock column over on Canadian noisy music website Hellbound? My Crusty Culprits column features recent D-beat, crust and hardcore releases that I’ve been enjoying,
I’m a neurotic writer at the best of times, and I often end up tinkering with my writing for so long that I lose sight of what I originally wanted to say.
I like to imagine I’m a cynical old grouch, but the truth is I still get ridiculously over-excited about upcoming albums. Sadly, most of the time that heightened anticipation is rewarded with