Fazerdaze is the brand new project of Auckland songwriter Amelia Murray. Her DIY approach to music has torn the pants off of many local ears, including mine. She says, “I don’t wanna be held back by having no money. I just wanna do everything I can with the gear and skills I’ve got”, leading to this charming home recorded single ‘Reel’.
Originally from Wellington, Amelia moved to study music at Auckland University where she is currently in her final year.
Fazerdaze is currently working on an EP, but until then keep an eye on her Facebook page to follow where she will be playing next.
The brainchild of Aucklander Benjamin Morley, Mice On Stilts is an eight piece group of musicians who all come together to create a sound I find hard to describe, but which they've labeled ‘Doom Folk’.
From lush soundscapes to crushing walls of sound, their debut album ‘An Ocean Held Me’ is a raw and vulnerable collection of work. You can hear Morley’s DSBM influence running wild alongside the other seven different sounds and influences each artist brings to the group.
You’re better off listening to it than reading what I have to say.
“A freshly squeezed glass of rock & roll, straight from the vineyard of 1960.” It’s hard to describe it any better than that.
Ahbez goes about his day to day life in Auckland as the bushy bearded, sandal wearing Aaron Haugh, who had a previous project named ‘Welfare Mothers’. After parting ways with that group, Aaron released his first album ‘Gold’ under the pseudonym Arthur Ahbez in August 2013.
As a live band, Ahbez performs with a four piece known as ‘Superbird’ who transform the music from ‘nu-folk nostalgic poet’ to a loud, hip swinging jam band you would expect to hear on a dusty LP strewn among the shelves of Real Groovy.
Growing up in Dunedin, Richard Ley-Hamilton and Sam Valentine attended high school together, went to university together, and have a band together called ‘Males’. You can hear their brotherly love in the “unpretentious and infectious” pop music they make together. It just makes you smile.
From Valentine’s own mouth, ''A lot of bands take themselves really seriously but we set out to not do that. It's not that we don't take our music seriously, but I'm a dork and I'm not afraid to come across as a dork.''
The band appears to be in somewhat of a hiatus at the moment, with members in different parts of the world. Until they re-unite to release something new you can have a listen to their two part album ‘Run Run Run/MalesMalesMales’. I particularly recommend the single ‘Lucky Too’.