At the Dux de Lux [21/03/07]
So after catching Hot Fuzz (a cop film from the makers of Shaun of the Dead – Fantastically funny) we made it down to the dux in time on a lazy wednesday night to fill out the crowd a little; i guess $15 is probably a little steep on a wednesday…
Anyway we caught most of the Undercurrents, and there set was excellent; i love it when they’re restrained and mellow, all those lovely textures come rolling out, showing off their quality tunes.
speaking of which, its no secret the Sneaks are one of my fav NZ bands due to their knack with quality, catchy pop songs. They rocked through a class set of tracks like ‘Godzilla’, ‘Kuzai Heart U Girl’, ‘You Suck!’ and ‘Hot Amyl Nitrate’ as a bunch of us fools jumped around in front of them; so much fun and apparantly the albums out soon! choice!
Voom were Voom. A couple real good crowd-favs, but im always left feeling a little passive with those guys. Still ‘Be Your Boy’ is a great track and with the new lineup they;re certainly tighter than a ducks bum.
see more photos from this show at flickr
Dating way back to the early 80s when still in university, Voom have been the duo of Andrew Buzz Moller and Andrew Mac Mackaskill. It took a heck of a long time before much actually emerged from the band, with a couple of lo-fi song getting radio play throughout the early 90s, thanks to the intrepid Kiwi Hit Disc compilations. It wasn’t until 1998 that Voom finally released their debut album, with Dan Manetto replacing Bill Kerton and Chris Mckibben (who had propped up the bands ryhthm section in the mid 90s).
Then with the release of their album and finally some commercial success, Andrew Mckaskill left the band – Manetto switching to drums to fill his spot. Since then the band has gone through a couple bass players (Mareea Paterson has come and gone, replaced by Rich Mixture – Shaft), and continued a low-key existence.
Big changes were afoot in 2006 as Mackaskill finally left the group, with Moller now leading a new lineup featuring Nick Buckton (Bass), Murray Fisher (Guitar – Gooshirt) and Mike Beehre (Drums). Lil Chief came to the party to release vooms long-time coming sophmoric effort Hello, Are You There, as the group toured the country with A Low Hum.
Discography (picks in bold)
- Now I Am Me [1998 Antenna Ant008]
- ‘Relax; Cd Single [1998 Antenna Ant010]
- Hello, Are You There? [2006 Lil Chief Lcr016]