Formerly Christchurch and now Auckland-based singer-songwriter with an Indie-Country feeling to her songs.
Flip reached a greater level of exposure with the release of her own cookbook, which consisted of many vegetarian meals, and which she toured around New Zealand playing shows with a backing band consisting of Kris Wilson (banjo, also of Happiness Stan), Simon Hall (mandolin, electric guitar), Tim Chesney (bass) and Simon Brouwer (drums).
Flip has enjoyed continued success in the past 3 years, playing the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, and having her songs used heavily in New Zealand Television advertising.
Discography (picks in bold)
- Cage for a Song [August 2006 self-released / maiden records]
- Be All and End All [July 2008 self-released / maiden records]
- While I’m Awake I’m at War [July 2010 self-released / maiden records]
Maiden Records is pleased to announce that Flip Grater has signed with Berlin-based indie label Make My Day Records for the release of While I’m Awake I’m At War.
Flip Grater’s latest album has been extremely well received by critics and fans alike, being nominated as a finalist for the 2010 Folk Album Of The Year and garnering interest from labels in France, Portugal and Germany.
Flip recently signed with Paris-based management company So-U (who also represent The Black Seeds) and is currently in negotiations for distribution in Portugal.
“I’m really excited about working with Make My Day. They’re all super efficient German types and are lovely to deal with. It’s cool to be on the same label as Scandinavian acts I love like Saint Thomas and Britta Persson. I can’t wait to get over there in March to play some shows!” Says Flip.
In late 2009 Flip moved from her hometown of Christchurch to Auckland to record and release her latest album While I’m Awake I’m At War. The response from industry, media and audience has been overwhelmingly positive, seeing Flip’s single Careful widely played and the video for the same song (featuring Antonia Prebble of Outrageous Fortune) spread online, reaching number 1 on the Amplifier top 10 video chart and being picked up for the AirNZ in-flight music video playlist. The album went straight to number 8 on the independent charts in NZ and was named in Amplifier.co.nz’s top 20 albums of 2010.
In March 2011 Flip Grater will head over to Germany, Portugal and France for a one- month promotional tour, also playing two shows in London. In Berlin, Flip will be accompanied by ex-pat musician Brodie White on guitar. Brodie was formally the lead singer of The Have and now fronts Berlin-based Kiwi band The Sun and The Wolf.
For tour dates check out www.myspace.com/flipgrater
For more information contact Flip Grater: firstname.lastname@example.org
With Flip Grater, at Al’s Bar [12/01/07] review by Fran, photos by Fraew
The Veils is the brain-child of ex-pat Aucklander Finn Andrews. Andrews left Auckland at around age 16 to pursue a musical career in London, got himself signed to the legendary Rough Trade Label and managed to release a debut album “Runaway Found” with a band which was essentially formed to make his music. After touring the album, Andrews left the others behind and returned to New Zealand hunting out fellow school chums Sophia Burn (bass) and Liam Gerrard (keyboard) asking them to join him as The Veils.
Along with the rest of the band Henning Dietz (drums) and Dan Raishbrook (guitar), the Veils played to a packed out Al’s Bar on Friday night, with local Flip Grater in support.
During the opening set from Christchurch singer songwriter Flip Grater you would have been easily mistaken thinking no one was playing from the back of the bar, the big and rather chatty crowd drowned out her lovely voice. However Flip carried on and ended her short set with a louder than usual song which seemed to get some of the crowds attention and ended with a strong applause.
At Al’s that night the crowd was the biggest possibly ever seen for a show at the bar, waiting patiently through the Tom Waits and Edith Piaf music for the band to take the stage. The Veils jumped straight into things with the title track from their latest album Nux Vomica. The Veils pop rock seems to be infused with a bit of country music, but not the bad kind, the kind that makes you want to swing your hips if there was room in a full to capacity bar.
The desire to really dance was best displayed during the fantastically punchy “Jesus for the Jugular” and “Pan”. With the band’s impending performance at the upcoming big day out, it would be interesting to see how the songs translate on a big stadium stage. The atmosphere in the small bar, with everyone crammed in, including the 5 piece band was part of what made the performance great.
The encore song, “more heat than light” off Runaway Found was probably the band’s most obvious big rock number.
See more photos from this show at flickr