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A DEAD FOREST INDEX NZ TOUR 2017 W/ I.E.CRAZY & WOMB!
November 30th, 2016
We are very excited to announce that A DEAD FOREST INDEX are returning to New Zealand for two shows in Auckland and Wellington this coming February!
The expat brothers, Adam and Sam Sherry, perform starkly refined yet richly atmospheric arrangements of guitar, drums and voice – music aptly described as ‘potent’ and ‘compelling… an exercise in restraint and severity’.
Don’t miss these rare and intimate shows including two very special guests, I.E.CRAZY and WOMB!
Claire Duncan sings captivating and cathartic, electric folk tales to tease the raw nerves of our national psyche and tell stories about ‘the neurotic horror of the banal… our repressed emotions and postcolonial amnesia’.
Sibling dream-folk trio from Wellington. “…the womb is the most sacred, safe place. It is warm, it is floating. Then the womb is also totally sexual, and red, and passionate. And finally, in some ways it is raw and frightening, this eerie zone of amniotic fluid, and then you’re pushed out, bloody, into the world.”
AUCKLAND – Whammy Bar – February 4th
WELLINGTON – Meow – February 11th
It’s time for The All Seeing Hand’s annual season of mind-blowing musical town-hopping radical fun times! With a new album out on December 1st (listen below) the trio are embarking on a national tour (details below) and have released a twisted video for ‘Cro-Magnon Corp’:
“It’s a glimpse of the ways people are enticed to wilfully participate in an extractive nightmarish game by spreading fear about the consequences of not getting your foot on the “property ladder” and grabbing your very own nest egg before the basket is empty” – Ben Knight, in conversation with Vice.
The All Seeing Hand are easily one of the most exciting bands in the country and MUST be seen live for full effect. Check them out, ESPECIALLY with the glorious added bonus of Unsanitary Napkin and E-N-T!
“It’s an interesting time to be making music. The themes in Sand To Glass emerged as a reflection of the dystopian sociopolitical environment we’re faced with right now, but from a zoomed-out perspective that looks more at patterns than specific events; the emergence and normalisation of mass surveillance over the last few years, the rise of fear-mongering reality-TV stars as political leaders, all against backdrop of ravenous neoliberal capitalism extracting so much that the capacity of the Earth to sustain life is literally under threat. But at the same time the album conveys ecstatic optimism for transformation in resistance to destruction. It’s definitely more about asking questions than offering answers, but hope and imagination seem more important than ever…” –> Read more from this excellent UTR interview
This new video from I.E.Crazy features footage of the New Zealand housing industry in vibrant colour, with the dark tones of Maggie Magee in stark contrast. “Dedicated to health, happiness and housing.”
“A nation’s prosperity isn’t measured in exports and show and false fronts. It’s in the way people live and how much sun they get… where the kids grow up and how sanitation works.” – Public Works Department Film Unit, 1945.
ORCHESTRA OF SPHERES – TRAPDOORS
The dreamteam of Georgette Brown & Dan Harris have made a kaleidoscopic wondervid for Orchestra of Spheres!
(Side note: Georgette & Dan are currently working on a new vid for All Seeing Hand in collaboration with Erica Sklenars (Lady Lazer Light) & Nathan Taare! Stay tuned.)
GPOGP – LAND OF THE LONG WHITE STAIN
Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing have made an alternative national anthem with a video to suit, featuring a classic kiwi scene of a sheep corpse burial:
As if making amazing, intricate music isn’t enough of a mission, Zach Webber (of Paperghost) has been chipping away at the colossal task of animating & scoring a lofi mini-series! Here’s the latest wacky installment, Ep2: The Geese:
TO SPEND MORE TIME LOOKING AT THE GROUND THAN AT THE SKY – AN INTERVIEW W/ I.E.CRAZY
“Maybe if I was a happier person and the world were less fucked up, or if I could just stomach the putrid bullet of being a good capitalist and expressed myself through home renovations and new curtains, I wouldn’t feel the need to write music at all.”
WFLS, NEW MUSIC FROM ZACH WEBBER (PAPERGHOST) & A DEAD FOREST INDEX ALBUM/TOUR
May 3rd, 2016
WORKS FOR LOUDSPEAKERS
WFLS is an ongoing series of listening parties put on in Newtown by the curator, Emi Pogoni. The event provides a friendly and focused listening environment – and a great excuse to make adventurous music for such!
Below is the beautiful contribution to the Autumn 2016 event by SC artist Zach Webber (aka Paperghost) (all works available online >here<).
ZACH WEBBER – THE PSALMS ONLY FEED AT NIGHT
A DEAD FOREST INDEX – IN ALL THAT DRIFTS FROM SUMMIT DOWN
Basically the choice we have been left with is whether or not to remove a symbol of our colonial ties and replace it with the logo of a sports team. It’s a decision that inspires in me nothing but indifference and boredom. But that’s no reason not to vote in the referendum!
The pro-change campaign ad raises some valid points, such as “the flag should reflect the vibrancy and interesting nature of the people that we are” (Gary McCormick) and “I don’t want my three grandchildren to grow up under a colonial symbol” (Dame Jenny Shipley). I agree we should change it, but not yet, not like this.
Neo-folk artist Womb today brings to life a compelling new video for gently anthemic second single ‘Teresa’.
The video transports the song into a world of limitlessly reeling digital landscapes. The director, Tristan Joseph Brooks, calls on the sublime element of digital realms, exploring the never-ending wormholes of unused and decaying digital spaces:
“I spent weeks ‘location scouting’ in Second Life”, he explains. “Exploring these vast empty worlds, my avatar became non-existent… I tried to touch abstractly on ideas of loneliness and the idea of being somewhere but not really belonging. Growing out of one world and into another.”
The beauty and futility in fathoming this territory ties perfectly with the sense of loneliness and abstract longing conveyed in the song itself. Brooks’ vast infinitudes of digital landscapes are punctuated by comparatively ‘real’ visual renderings of Womb (aka Charlotte Forrester). She stands spectral-like, as though transmitting a message from an unknown palace lost in the ruins of the internet.
Check out the premiere feature & interview with Charlotte & Tristan at The Wireless!