Straitjacket Fits - Down In Splendour
They had smouldering good looks, real star power and most importantly, their guitars rang with more than their rightful share of apocalyptic riffs blessed by Satan himself, or the Lord Jehovah, maybe. Who knows, but they were that good.
They nearly conquered the world, but it all ended in tears. Straitjacket Fits left us with three achingly great albums and some of the best songs in NZ rock history, and that should be enough.
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TINY RUINS ALBUM & TOUR - OUT NOW IN THE US ON FLYING NUN
Tiny Ruins' new album Brightly Painted One is coming out in the USA today (13th of May) on Flying Nun Records and can be streamed now in it's entirety on the New York Times' Press Play page.
NME have described the sound, saying "Holbrook's wavery trill falls somewhere between Laura Marling and Sandy Denny; acoustic guitar is plucked and picked - but stately horns and Rhodes piano shape a kind of country-soul. Dazed Magazine has also premiered a new video for "Carriages," calling it "brutal yet elegant."
The band, led by singer Hollie Fullbrook, will be hitting North American shores this summer and playing shows across the US and in Canada, all dates are listed below.
FLYING NUN RECORDS RE-ISSUE EPS FOR RECORD STORE DAY
It’s been over three decades since Christchurch record shop employee and music fan, Roger Shepherd was inspired to start a record label as an outlet for South Island bands. And it was the city of Dunedin that quickly became most strongly associated with Flying Nun.
Now for this year's Record Store Day, Flying Nun have announced the re-issue of two classic Dunedin-based EPs, including the 2x12", four EP set, the Dunedin Double and the Bored Games 1982 EP - Who Killed Colonel Mustard.
GRAYSON GILMOUR - INFINITE LIFE! OUT NOW.
Today marks the release of Infinite Life! by Grayson Gilmour out now digitally via Flying Out.
Plus, over the next month or two, when he isn't admiring well designed record covers, Gilmour will be performing up and down NZ, playing both solo shows and with his band.
Vinyl pre-order packages are still available, containing LP's, zines, t-shirts and other good stuff (only a 1/4 to go till it reaches the target - so get in quick!).
NEW T54 VIDEO + AUS SHOWS
Christchurch three-piece T54 are heading west in March for their first ever series of concerts outside their native New Zealand.
Playing 3 times in the city of Melbourne, Australia between March 19th and 23rd, T54 arrive on the back of their recently released debut album In Brush Park on Flying Nun Records and will be parading their wonderful blend of dream trash, acid guitar drones and spluttering fuzz pop with a selection of Melbourne's finest musical gems.
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