Tablefox

Matt Carson (Guitar), Clinton Bell (Vocals), Chris Dickinson (Guitar / Vocals), Brendan Coyle (Bass) and Owen Bradley (Drums) from Auckland in New Zealand is the rock band Tablefox.

Tablefox - Rock from New Zealand

Tablefox

Like skilled archers on battlefield flexing bows and shooting arrows Tablefox deliver music that plies its way into the heart in a volley that has the audience in paroxysms of ecstasy. The two guitars enable the quintet to deliver an intensity of fixation akin to satiating any long standing chocolate addict with the melting rush of body temperature melt.

The aural choreography minds of a Petipa ballet choreography as Tablefox syncopate rhythm and melody with bass, percussion and guitars floating effortlessly between each other with the vocal not seeking to become the spotlight, rather a fleeting shadow which the ears follow around the evolving landscape.

Tablefox is undoubtedly comprised of able musicians, what is of more import is that they have remained true to their direction of travel, which in the crowded market-place of melodious rock is an over-populated space, but to me they are well above shoulder high and it is only a sadness their undoubted abilities are not yet far more widely recognised. With fortune their début LP Objects, set for release on the 20th will allow them far wider space to be discovered.

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Objects – Tablefox is available on iTunes.*

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Sunken Seas

Sunken Seas the ambient drone outfit from Wellington in New Zealand is Ryan Harte (Vocals / Bass), Luke Kavanagh (Guitar / Backing Vocals), Jack Hooker (Guitar) and Samuel Lovrich-Fitzpatrick (Drums).

Sunken Seas - ambient drone from New Zealand

Sunken Seas

Sunken Seas have a couple of releases behind them and deliver music of the moment with a sawwing buzz of guitar reverb. Whilst there is a differential between their debut LP Null Hour and the follow-up EP Cataclysm there is a thread to follow as the droning mesmerics of the material wafts around the room in a flux of merging sounds. The music bubbles with societal discontent and is an imagery of change. The oppressive industrialisation sears its way into the head allowing the listener to contemplate the visuals that are created. Turn down the lights, turn up the volume and let yourself drift inside the sound that is Sunken Seas.

Somehow appositely, given the melting pot of fracture and coalescence that is the signature sound of Sunken Seas, from the various notes I have found it appears the band emerged from Tiddabades and have recently undergone another line-up change since their latest release, so it will be interesting to hear how the formulation of the new line-up will sound in future recordings.

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Cataclysm – EP – Sunken Seas is available on iTunes*

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Graveyard Love

Graveyard Love is the alt-electro vehicle for Hamish Black from Auckland in New Zealand to deliver his perspective of the angsts and travails of life.

Graveyard Love - Alt-electro from New Zealand

Graveyard Love

The material encapsulates the imagery Graveyard Love is seeking to excoriate. Blending electro-pop and industrial distortion there is a bleak isolation to the sounds, whilst simultaneously the listener is given the sense of lancing a festering wound as the extrapolation of the music whilst bleak has an under-current of hope, which for its very opaqueness shines brightly in the minds-eye.


Given my regular comments that a song should be over in three minutes, it may come as a surprise that even getting towards four minutes on the longer tracks I just wish they were longer, as like a good scratch, there is a need to have just one more go and so it is with the music which burrows away into the head.

Whilst there is some evidence of samples on some tracks it is in the main fresh and well written original music which Graveyard Love bends to creative the brooding atmospherics.

Another fine introduction through Monkey Records.

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The Audio Justice

The Audio Justice from Auckland in New Zealand is the indie rock out-fit of Grant Duncan (Bass / Lead Vocals), ‘JP’ Juan Pablo Valenzuela Garcia (Guitar /Backing Vocals) and Mike Harb (Drums / Backing Vocals).

The Audio Justice - indie rock from New Zealand

The Audio Justice

The Audio Justice began as a solo vehicle with guest players back in 2011. In late 2012 the band took on a more permanent shape and a different sound. The music has a slight retrospective tilt to it, though it doesn’t fall behind the times. Well honed musicianship is prevalent throughout the band and they play as a tight unit. Whilst not inaccessible, there is what I can only term a ‘grown-up’ sound to the melodies which have a somewhat progressive rock feel to them, more a band to listen  to with a chilled Chardonnay than an Icy Lager.

There are some interesting bands in New Zealand and evidently a hunger for live performance bands and I am certain they will find a natural local fan-base and on a broader international scale there is a sound that will travel well. Their new four track EP Just That should find The Audio Justice begin to gain some of that wider traction.

Staring At The Message is track two of the EP, and my pick of the release which it would be, quite naturally, with the Iggy Pop refrain.

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Just That – EP – The Audio Justice is available on iTunes*.

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The Wyld

The Wyld a raprock trio based in Mount Eden in New Zealand is Joe Pascoe (Guitar / producer), Mo Kheir (vocals) and Brandon Black (vocals / production).

The Wyld - raprock from New Zealand

The Wyld

I am wreathed in smiles as I find another cohesive rap / hip hop undercurrent which has found space to grow and the grin gets even wider when I find it emerges from New Zealand. The trio filter the dross to, deliver music which flows with invective and musical competence to leave a clear fluidity of sounds that buffer the head from side to side in a valedictory salute.


I oft bemoan the world of want to be ‘ghetto’ music with its perpetual racism and misogyny positing there is a legitimate ground on which to play and whilst I was able to find in My Peoples a cousin relationship , I find a direct progeny with The Wyld, so it is with some excitement that I take this opportunity to introduce a band who have a handle on the realities of the 21st Century and choose to neither  portray themselves as victims or protagonists and for that very fact are the more powerful and relevant.

The grained guitar enables the material to gather relevance and barbed wire wrist cuffs whilst the electro structures are Meccano kits of spanners and bolts, holding it all in to shape as the vocals deliver viper flicks.

A new EP – Abstract – is set for imminent release and my advice is – get there as soon as possible  – for the best of hip hop – The USA has been superseded by New Zealand.

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