Sleepy Age

Disco-pop indie-rock tunes from Christchurch’s own Josh Burgess (Guitar/Synth and Vocals, ex Bang! Bang! Eche!) with Josh Black (Bass, ex A Flight to Blackout), Julian Vares (Drums, Magic Eye) and more recently Charlie Ryder (Keyboards, Bang! Bang! Eche!).

The group formed in 2009, initially as a more straight-forward indie-rock group with Hayden Williams (drums, also ex A Flight to Blackout) and Will Edmonds (guitar, ex Insurgents) who contributed greatly to their original sound; with the group even going on to win the annual RDU ‘Round-up’ band competition at the Dux de Lux.

In 2010 and 2011 the group went through several line-up and style changes; played a low-key European tour and then released the excellent pop video ‘Décor’, which solidified their new direction.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Self-Titled EP [September 2010 self-released]
  • Décor Single [June 2011 self-released]

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Magic Eye

3-Piece power-rock outfit based around the songs of Brian Feary (Guitar/Vox), currently with Ben Odering (Bass) and Julian Vares (Drums). Formed some time around august 2009, with the intention of entering the annual RDU-sponsored ‘Round-up’ band competition at the Dux de Lux. The initial line-up of Feary with Mike Ellis (drums) and Jono Press (bass) gave way to the current line-up gradually as members moved north and away from the Christchurch Earthquakes.

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The Dance Asthmatics

Christchurch-based 4-piece mixing up a bit of Dunedin-jangle with punk attitude and some level of funky/dancey type rhythm. Fronted by Stephen Nouwens (Bits and Pieces) with the very handy Brian Feary (Magic Eye etc) on the drums, Joe Sampson (T-54 etc) on guitar and Ben Odering on bass.

Formed in 2010, with an initial demo ep on BandCamp, which they followed up with the ‘Goddammfuck’ ep in 2011.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Homebake demos ep [2010 self-released]
  • Goddammfuck ep [2011 self-released]

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BnP and Magic Eye at the Darkroom

BnP
BnP

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.

Magic Eye
Magic Eye

Check out the rest of my photos from the night here.

Familia Moja Benefit

Some of the very best Christchurch acts have selflessly agreed to throw a party for all yous cats in support of an orphanage in Mang’u, Kenya.

Kicking the night off will be the fabulous WILL ROUD (of Coate)
http://arroestheband.bandcamp.com/

Insatiable MIKEY SUMMERFIELD (of The Undercurrents)

Followed by some dream-pop/shoegaze-tastic hits from MINIATURES
http://miniatures.bandcamp.com/

Brian Feary’s own MAGIC EYE
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Magic-Eye/127450200606834

Playing songs from their new “Domestic” ep. DOCTORS
http://doctors.bandcamp.com/

The power-pop-punk ecstasy of THE TRANSISTORS.
http://transistors.bandcamp.com/album/shortwave

In keeping with The Brewery’s ethos entry will be FREE. However there will be koha jars on the bar of which 100% will go to building a new self-sustaining housing facility for the inhabitants of Familia Moja Childrens Home. Donations of even the smallest amount are greatly appreciated.

Come have a party and feel good about supporting some cute-as-beans kids.

Do check out the bandcamp pages if you have not previously, there is some really great material available for free or very cheap.

More information on this great cause, details on how to come along to help build the new orphanage and other events we’re running in support of Familia Moja can be found at:

http://www.familiamoja.org/

http://www.facebook.com/familiamoja

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=175224729202871

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Help-us-help-these-guys-In-Kenya/183872858333765

Huge thanks to Brian Feary for the poster design.