This one is a freebie in more ways than one. As with all other performers at 95bFM’s bStreet Festival, Bridge Burner’s set was free entry. This review is also “free.” I didn’t arrange it with 13th Floor beforehand, I was at the gig in no role except a metal fan who liked Bridge Burner’s debut EP, and I’ll be sending it to my editor out of the blue just cause I want to write it. Continue reading
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Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett brought his “Genesis Revisited” show to Auckland last night. Incredibly, after over 40 years and countless albums, this was Hackett’s first foray into New Zealand. Continue reading
The Miltones wrapped up their album release tour in front of a hometown crowd at Auckland’s Tuning Fork. And what a crowd it was…they showed up early and in large numbers making for a very special evening. Continue reading
After being bewitched by the Icelandic art rockers as a late teen via Takk and hearing awed reports from friends who had already seen them, I felt nervous going to last night’s concert at the Spark Arena as I grappled to lower my stratospheric expectations. Being a reviewer can be jading and I’ve seen many a fantastic band fail to live up to their name in a live setting. Continue reading
Kirin J Callinan claims he is a different man than when he last performed in Auckland back in January of 2015. That may be, but he is still a riveting performer…mercurial, unpredictable, a bit shambolic, but always entertaining. Continue reading
It was a cosy night at Auckland’s Wine Cellar as Cowboy Dan celebrated the release of their new song Stopping By with help from Being and Mali Mali. Continue reading
Josh Homme and his Queens Of The Stone Age opened their Villains tour at Auckland’s Logan Campbell Centre last night, proving that bone-crunching, riff-driven guitar rock is still alive and well. Continue reading
Bands! If you want to sell out The Powerstation, take a cue from The Undertones…record a handful of catchy, punky pop tunes, then wait 35 years to finally get around to playing in Auckland. Continue reading
Back in 2012 newcomers Pallbearer caused an immediate stir with their debut album Sorrow and Extinction. In a doom metal scene where the most popular sounds were embracing the extreme versions of the genre, or buried in layers of stoner fuzz, Sorrow and Extinction stood out as clean, melodic, epic and meticulously layered. Continue reading
The Bads presented their latest album, Losing Heroes, to a roomful of fans and fellow musicians last night at Auckland’s Tuning Fork, proving, once again, that they are gems in New Zealand’s musical crown. Continue reading
The Wedding Present holds a special place in the hearts of many Kiwi music lovers…they are still buzzing about the last NZ visit a couple of years ago. And so, the veteran band from Leeds returned to Auckland’s Kings Arms to light a fire under the crowd one more time. Continue reading
Rather than celebrate a triumphant homecoming at a large venue such as The Powerstation or The Civic, Aldous Harding chose to play three nights at the very intimate Pah Homestead. For anyone who has followed Harding’s career, the decision seems par for the course… ‘expect the unexpected’ could easily be her motto. Continue reading
Australian duo Polish Club performed their first overseas show last night after crossing The Tasman to play at Auckland’s Whammy Bar. A small, but enthusiastic crowd was there to greet them.
Polish Club consists of drummer John-Henry and guitarist/vocalist Novak. Yes, it’s another 2-man rock duo, and sorry bass players, but they seem to do just fine without one.
The band has been getting some attention in their homeland thanks to their recently-released debut album, Alright Already and a cover of Flume’s Never Be Like You, recorded for Triple J’s Like A Version series.
The dynamic duo hit the stage just after 11pm and tore through a 50-minte set. Having been enjoying Tony Daunt & The Dauntless next door at The Wine Cellar, I may have missed the opening song, which most likely would have been Where U Been, and instead caught them midway through My House.
Most of the band’s repertoire is made up of short, catchy punk-flavoured tunes. But just when you think you know what’s coming next, they throw in a slower, more soulful song such as If It Was Me or the 50s-style doo-wop ballad Don’t Fuck Me Over.
It’s then you realize what sets Polish Club apart from other guitar/drum rock duos…its Novak’s impressive voice that can really express itself.
That became extremely evident during the closing song, the band’s current single Divided, a slow-burner that built up to a magnificent emotive vocal performance by Novak.
It was clear that the two Aussies where enjoying themselves along the way. They thrilled to be playing overseas and noted that they had been in Auckland a couple of days, with Novak telling the crowd that among other things he had learned that Aucklanders loved Burger King.
A bit later the band offered up a choice of two covers…either one by The Strokes or Weezer. Weezer was the clear favourite and we were treated to Undone (The Sweater Song).
By the end Novak admitted, “I think we might be drunk”. No matter, both band and crowd had a rockin’ good time.
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Polish Club set list:
- Where U Been?
- My House
- Did Somebody Tell Me
- Beat Up
- If It Was Me
- Don’t Fuck Me Over
- Shark Attack!
- Undone (The Sweater Song)
- Come Party
- Never Be Like You
Things were hopping at St Kevin’s Arcade last night. The Wine Cellar put on a triple bill headlined by Tony Daunt & The Dauntless who were there to celebrate the release of their new album, The Gypsy. Continue reading