Since signing a record deal at the tender age of 16, Finn Andrews and his band The Veils have released 5 albums together, appeared in David Lynch's reboot of Twin Peaks, as well as on soundtracks by luminary film directors Tim Burton and Paolo Sorrentino, and was also recently been commissioned by the Belgian government to write a 20-minute orchestral piece to commemorate the antipodean dead of World War I. It was while writing 2016’s Total Depravity that the New Zealand-raised musician realized a different streak was beginning to emerge. Fueled by the end of a relationship, Andrews took some time out from London and from The Veils, and returned to New Zealand to begin work on his first solo album, One Piece At A Time.The resulting album is one of Andrews’ most profound and intimate pieces of work. Recorded entirely live at The Lab in Auckland, and engineered and co-produced by Tom Healy (Tiny Ruins), the band includes Andrews on vocals, piano, and guitar; Cass Basil on electric and upright bass; Alex Freer on drums; Healy on guitar; Reb Fountain and Nina Siegler on backing vocals; with sprawling string arrangements by Victoria Kelly.
MILLY TABAK & THE MILTONES
Milly Tabak and The Miltones are known as the masters of blending modern blues-rock with the nostalgia of a vIntage record collection. The Auckland five-piece have been turning heads with their powerful stage presence and moody melodies since forming in 2014. Helping Tabak deliver a classic Americana sound are some of Auckland’s most respected musicians in Liam Pratt (guitars), Chip Matthews (bass), Guy Harrison (keys and horns) and Tom Broome (drums). Their first album won the Taite Prize Best Independent Debut for ‘The Miltones,’ and the follow-up ‘Honest Woman’ came out just before Covid-19 put an end to live shows to mark the release.
Rising indie stars DAFFODILS success continues to escalate, quickly. The Auckland four-piece stepped into the spotlight with the release of their 2017 debut single, “Two Angels”. 2018 saw the group release a trio of tracks -among them fan favourite, “A Leo Underwater” -and were signed by the UK’s Kartel Music Group. In late October 2019 they delivered their debut EP featuring five tracks including title track “Boys” and “Why Don’t You Hold Me?”.Daffodils are Theo Spike Salmon (guitar, vocals), Isaac Keating (drums), Jade Bryham (keyboards, backing vocals) and Louis Graham (bass, backing vocals)
MOLLY & THE CHROMATICS
Prior to the release of their debut EP Straight Lines in 2016, M&TC found their feet in the Auckland music scene as an exciting, dynamic and highly danceable act. Their sound is one that demands to be heard live. M&TC’s collective passion for Jazz, Funk, Soul, Electronica and Hip-Hop & RnB is evident in the group’s sound. Throw in a two part horns section that joins the band for live performance and you’ve got a recipe for a good time. Equal parts meticulous, rhythmic and experimental, their music cannot be easily classified or labeled, but fused with Molly’s smoky, soulful vocals the result is captivating. Think Tom Misch, Hollie Smith, Hiatus Kaiyote, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Erykah Badu as inspiration for the band’s tunes.
Like anyone in their mid-20’s, Holly is confused, restless, mostly sad and sometimes extremely happy. When she’s not writing about loving someone who “burns her edges” she’s soaking up the sun and singing her own praises for wasting time. You never know what emotion Holly will embody next but you can always expect a fine representation of it. In May 2020, she released her debut EP, Sister, a tribute to important women in her life. Five tracks of soulful and desperate melodies encased in heavy grooves and slick guitar lines. As Corinne at muzic.net puts it “There is intensity in her songwriting which is equally matched by her opulent vocals”. Sister acted as a farewell to Holly’s past and music influences, a brief prelude before the new “thing” set her back into the dark cave of creation.If 2020 was to be summed up by an artist it would be Holly Afoa, not just because of her unpredictable moods but also her ever changing sound and chameleon personas delivered through her vast music abilities. Stay tuned, the new year will bring a new “Holly” - artist, creator, R&B pioneer.
Acoustic-indie artist Renee Coffey is a local musician who has made the recent move to the Bay of Plenty after spending the prior year in South America. Her debut album Hummingbird was a collaboration project with London Producer, Sam Johnson at Rhythm Ace Studios. Using her Loop pedal to build up many layers, Renee has found a unique sound that has pure soul at the heart of it.
Flamingo Pier is the multi-faceted music collective behind some of the finest dance parties in New Zealand and East London. Their Flamingo Pier EP, released in February 2019, was the beginning of their relationship with Soundway Records - garnering support from industry peers including Gilles Peterson, Tim Sweeney (Beats In Space), The Black Madonna, JD Twitch and more. Drawing inspiration from Cosmic Disco, House and Italo - DJ residents Luke, Brad and Dominic honed their craft further on the Indigo EP, released in February 2020, with tight percussion, balanced arrangements and hard-hitting grooves.2021 sees the release of their debut album on Soundway Records including collaborations with Nathan Haines, Julien Dyne and more.
Daily J have constructed their own uniqe sound, offering blissful blends of swirling warm melodies, dynamic basslines and subtle pop electronica that leaves you feeling swooned. Daily J released their debut album 'Venus Ate Mars' in November of this year. They have gained constant traction over the last few years throughout NZ and Australia since releasing their first EP 'The Other Side' followed by singles 'Black Lagoon' and crowd favourite 'Left Me Like Summer'. Their latest album brought singles 'Rocket', Skylah' and 'Sunshine Hides'. The five peice will be touring their forthcoming album this summer. It will not be one to miss!
Sophie Gibson is a singer/songwriter based in Auckland, New Zealand. Originally from Scotland, Sophie moved to New Zealand with her family in 2005, and grew up in the small town of Katikati in the Bay of Plenty. Not constrained to one genre, her music encompasses the styles of singer/songwriter, easy listening, and indie pop music. Losing her older brother to suicide in 2015 is the driving force behind her beautiful, yet powerful and emotional lyrics. Since his passing, her music has become an important tool for spreading suicide awareness. Sophie’s music is also inspired by nature, a recent collaboration with U.S. band Amite being released for the video game “Beyond Blue,” entitled “Something in the Water.” Her upcoming E.P. entitled “Deeper Waters” is an exploration of the emotions of hope and despair that come along with grieving a loss from suicide. It will be released later on this year.
While most people associate “the Blues” with the steamy bayous of Louisiana and the cotton fields of Mississippi, these lovers of the devil´s music hail from the winterless East Cape. Described as, “those old guys that sat down”, at the inaugural River Sounds Festival, 90 Days are back to share their love for the music that drew them together 12 years ago. Influenced by the classic Jimmy Reed and Howlin’ Wolf and the modern, Canned Heat and Floyd Lee, 90 Days evoke the smokey, swinging juke joints of the south frequented by many to let their hair down after a long, hard day’s work. Sure to get your Mojo working, 90 Days are: Dein Ferris – Drums, Steve Emms – Bass, Ora TeHau – Lead Guitar, Jerram Fielder – Guitar and Vocals and Tawiri Tamanui –Harmonica.