I took my new camera and old half-broken wide-angle lens out west to a pretty typical Riccarton flat to catch a fantastic house-party show from touring San Francisco hardcore group Loma Prieta!
Local lads Coate opened the show with the most mellow, intricate set of the night. You should check out their bandcamp as they’re really one of the best bands to come out of Christchurch in a long while, with a dynamic and varied sound and memorable songs (plus a top-notch bunch of chaps).
Auckland group Parents have a more brutal slap-to-the-face approach, with their rhythm section particularly muscular. These guys organised the show and should get big props. Old school hardcore played loud, fast and powerful.
Loma Prieta had a mix of melody and brutality, sending the crowd into a flailing mass around the room. Things got very hectic during their set, I had to protect my gear from flying crowd members and thrashing musicians.
Shows at the new Dux Live are really picking up steam now, with a bumper crowd on saturday night.
I missed T54’s opening slot, they played a set of Hendrix covers as ‘Harvey Kaitowel’, but caught the majority of new Rich Densem-fronted blue-rock trio Uncle Scrim. Nice to see Ben Aldridge playing bass in the garden city once more, guys got some real chops!
T54’s closing set proper was a ripper, bringing the crowd in close to dance to their fast and tight numbers.
Another night, another awesome show at the Christchurch Polytech Students Assoc.
Last nights Flying Nun birthday special saw the return of HDU; with support from Christchurch local Delaney Davidson. Delaney has just come back from Australia, but played a great set of memorable songs in his distinctive countryfied style, mixing things up with a dance contest, and building his sound using well-orchestrated loops and hand percussion.
HDU were simply epic. They played a vast set of songs that ran the line from intricate, delicate numbers to full-on blasts of pure energy. Great to see these guys back in Christchurch once more, and the crowd simply lapt it up; getting very enthusiastic as the set went one. Just a simply stunning exhibition of sound. Aces.
Wow. These Flying Nun 30th Birthday shows kick ass.
Popstrangers are an Auckland 3 piece I haven’t seen before, but their rather good drummer looks very familiar… Anyways I enjoyed their set, pretty in your face guitar music with some cool bits and pieces.
Ghost Club are one of my fav still sorta current Flying Nun acts – both their self-titled debut and the follow-up ‘Suicide Train’ are littered with great, powerful songs – plus that old 7″ with Dave Mitchell and Denise Roughan they called ‘The Ghost Club’ is one of my prized singles. Roughan and Jim Abbott seemed pretty subdued for most of the set, but ably backed Mitchell, who set about attacking his guitar, succumbing only to a bout of the tune-ups.
Shayne Carter and his current tour backing band (the old maestro Gary Sullivan on drums and former D4 Vaughen Williams on bass) played a great back catalogue of Shayne’s songs, a real good mix of the more delicate Straitjacket Fits numbers, ace Dimmer drones, bombastic Doublehappys ditties and even the ole Bored Games hit ‘Joe 90’.
Cracking fundraising event for Fionn and Netta’s trip to Kenya last night. They put together 10 of the best young acts in Christchurch to raise a little dosh to help with the construction of an orphanage.
With Sleepy Age, Transistors and Bang! Bang! Eche! all playing a whole swag of new material it seemed like a real milestone event, putting the last year behind us.
Great to see the younger kids getting into the show too, I’m just sad I missed the opening few acts – I still haven’t managed to catch the much-vaunted Psych Tigers, instead arriving at the beginning of St Eden’s mellow electronic set, followed by similarly laid back sets from the thoroughly slick Coate, and a lovely droney set from Valdera.
From there things picked up a notch with Transistors kicking ass and taking names, Planet of the Tapes just going out of this world (and encouraging the crowd on stage to surf along), Sleepy Age bringing the Disco vibes and falsetta vocals, and Bang! Bang! Eche! playing their hand as the manic closers.
Click here for the rest of my photos from this excellent event.
With a lot of people at the Bats show at CPIT (as part of the Flying Nun 30th anniversary), it was a quiet night at Darkroom. However both the River Jones and Ipswich put on a great show.
The River Jones have a post rock / math rock type of sound (ala Unwound or even Christchurch’s own A Flight to Blackout, particularly in their later incarnations) with an absolutely bombastic drummer and an underage vocalist/guitarist. Expect these guys to make a mark in the future.
Ipswich are a bit of a rising star in the local scene, with their self-titled EP now available and group playing shows around town quite often. The boys threw in a couple Flying Nun covers from the Bird Nest Roys and the Skeptics along with a set of catchy sing-shouty originals.
BnP (formerly Bits and Pieces) and Magic Eye have both been a bit invisible this last year, and so this show at the Darkroom marked both bands return to live shows (outside of the odd house-party) since the September 2010 earthquake.
Check out the rest of my photos from the night here.