Christchurch via Paris/New York trio Yumi Zouma have been making a massive impact on the blogosphere since the release of their first single The Brae last week.
Named after a hill-bound street in the Garden City suburb of Mount Pleasant which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, the song is a wonderful, subdued track that captures the feel of the New Zealand summer.
Featuring former members of Christchurch group Sleepy Age, Yumi Zouma seem fully formed and ready to take on the world, and have already released a follow-up single – the bass-driven groove entitled Sålka Gets Her Hopes Up.
Look for their debut EP next month on US label Cascine.
Of all the profound ways in which my life had changed in that epochal year (and since the preceding Christmas I’d become an enemy of the state, among other things), seeing the Clean was the biggest. I can still recall the certainty with which I knew then that they were at that moment the best fucking band in the world. I still don’t understand how I knew it, and in many ways I’ve spent a significant portion of the last three decades trying to disprove that hypothesis, but I haven’t done it yet. Maybe the Fall were better that year. But the fact that the last sentence contains ‘the Fall’, and starts with ‘maybe’, should alert informed readers to the enormity of what I was experiencing. It was like falling in love.
– Bruce Russell – From Volcanic Tongue
Bruce Russell (The Dead C, Gate, A Handful Of Dust etc) has put together a short but witty (and mighty acerbic!) article on the Volcanic Tongue: Underground Music Mail Order and Shop website detailing the back-story to ‘Time to Go – The Southern Psychedelic Moment: 1981-86’ – a terrific compilation Bruce put together for Flying Nun capturing some of the lesser-heard treasures from New Zealand’s South Island in the early to mid 1980s. Have a read, it’s a nice little insight into how the compilation came about and the general enthusiasm Bruce has for music of the era.
It’s that kind of ‘it came from the sky’ vibe that frankly defies categorisation. You can smell the reality. These people were very literate in rock music terms, they were literate in literary terms too, and they took drugs. It was what we did to rebel. Listen to ‘Russian Rug’. You don’t produce that kind of whacked-out blending of Pierre Henri with ? Mark and the Mysterians, without engaging in the desperate ‘datura-to-San Pedro’ sub-sub-culture which characterised the South Island of New Zealand at that time: and we invented home-bake heroin, don’t forget.
And If you haven’t already; checkout/pick up the compilation itself. Contains some of my favourite tracks by the likes of Pin Group, The Gordons, Scorched Earth Policy and Wreck Small Speakers On Expensive Stereos – not a dud in the lot!
Ok so I was a bit slow on the release of this… BnP’s TERRIFIC 2nd album was released a few days ago and I only just got around to listening to it… but then I listened to it again straight through, and now I’m gonna listen to it again. It’s one of THOSE albums… not the type to sneak up on you, but a real shock to the system the second it comes on.
Snarky punk, shouting, clever guitar bits, all sorts of cool attitude and cleverness, totally my kind of record. There’s a reason these guys have some truly committed fans, they bring out a lot in people, and I for one am not the kind of person that likes to sit on the fence about things.
Go and check it out before somebody does a dick move like deleting everything…
After catching these guys support O’Lovely on saturday, I have to plug their (excellent) self-titled EP. Really nice and rough recordings capture quite a bit of that live power – ‘Polaroid’ has a cracking driving bass line and catchy vox, ‘Friends for Fun’ is just snotty enough to make you shout along, and the appropriately titled ‘Haze’ opens with a wall of shoegazey guitar. Top Notch 3 piece release, free download.
Had no idea James Grant (ex Tiger Tones) had been soo productivity. He’s been putting out a freakin’ ton of self-recorded tracks (and the occasional EP) under the Spelunks name. Usually little funky ditties with drum-machine / keyboard backing and structureless vocalls / guitar / bass / flute / anything.
I really dig this track Get it Together – which has a free-form hip-hop vibe (including lame-ass Beastie Boys bites towards the end), totally minimal, groovy and fun stuff.
Visit French for Rabbits Bandcamp! Featuring downloads from Brooke Singer’s lovely new project, they’re well worth checking out. PLUS she’ll be playing a sunday show at the recently opened Cassel and Sons Brewery, Garlands Road in Woolston on Sunday July 10th, with Amiria Grenell playing too.