Premiere: T E M P O R A R Y – Selections From Dunedin’s Pop Underground

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The mastodon release of a compilation overview of the evolution in the Dunedin underground, is courtesy of the fantastic New Zealand micro-label Fishrider Records – whom I’ve had featured both in interview and with bands from the roster – now with a newcomer called Ba Da Bing Records, for outreach of the compilation in North America. This compilation features a narrowly selected crowd of people which you’d know about if you had payed attention to New Zealand. There’s a town there, a town called Dunedin, where a lot of pop-artists and groups have emerged during the last few years. Specifically from 2011-2014. Mavis Gary, Death & The Maiden, The Prophet Hens, Males, Mr Biscuits, Opposite Sex, Strange Harvest, The Shifting Sands, Astro Children, Kane Strang, Scattered Brains of the Lovely Union and Trick Mammoth – are the selected few (many) from this underground current, standing strong with their oddities that are by now their trademark. The reason why you need to have your eyes peeled is just because their sound is different, their sound is as a whole unique for that particular city. Nowhere else can you find this unimaginable creative outlet which have rendered in a sound they can proudly call their own.

Not only does this release incorporate a nice and thick black vinyl, it also is the starting point of a zine called T E M P O R A R Y – yes, just like the release. Even though I feel like the name is ironic, because I feel like this will be a timeless release, even though I haven’t laid my ears to listen to everything on the release yet. The zine features an introductory into the bands, artists and groups that are featured on the release. Repartiseraren can give you an exclusive premiere of two new tracks which were put up by Fishrider Records, it’s “Flowers For The Blind” with Death & The Maiden and “Supermarket” – a long-awaited new track for me here, courtesy of Opposite Sex.

I must congratulate Ian Henderson for this seemingly masterful release, because it was something in dire need of documenting for the rest of the world. The slick design was created by Robbie Morton and the graphic layout by Angus McBryde. Mastered by Tex Houston and tracks selected by Ian Henderson – as it should be – because that man has more insight into this than anyone else. You can either order the vinyl with the zine, the zine and a CD, or the CD, vinyl and the zine. For those of you that live in Europe, you can order T E M P O R A R Y from Occultation Recordings, if you’re in America you can find it at Ba Da Bing Recordings and if you’re nearer Australia or New Zealand; you can get it from Fishrider Records. Stream four tracks from this compilation down below.

Premiere: The Shifting Sands – Let’s Go Down [Music Video]

Yes, it’s true. Our favorites from New Zealand are back. It’s animated by Veronica Brett again, and these psychedelic pop vibes won’t go away in the turn of a cheek. They’re a part of the micro independent label Fishrider Records. This particular song, titled “Let’s Go Down“, is their third single from their debut-album “Feel“. So check it out and watch it slowly unfurl, as you delve deep into the minds of these people. Or at least their picturesque representation of the song at hand in a fine animation.

Premiere: The Shifting Sands musicvideo!

The wonderfully extravagant band The Shifting Sands are premiering a new music-video for their song “Worth our While” from their debutalbum “Feel“. So you’ll be the first to view this video, created by Veronica Brett. This band is a part of the wonderful micro-label Fishrider Records, which you’ve heard a lot about on this blog. It’s about time the band released their second full-length album, which will arrive later this year. There’s also some information about the background of this fascinating animation. You can read it down below:

‘Worth our While’ turns up the amps and distortion, firing off a salvo of fuzzed out guitar perfection.  In addition to Mike McLeod’s overdriven lead guitar and vocals and Tom Bell’s bass, the song features Robbie Yeats (The Verlaines, The Dead C) on drums and Jay Clarkson (The Expendables, Breathing Cage) on rhythm guitar.

The ‎185 seconds of ‘Worth our While’ by talented young Dunedin graphic artist Veronica Brett is made up of an average of about 18 frames per second, all hand drawn (minus probably 1000 frames of looping), meaning roughly 2330 individual drawings! It’s the first music video she has made.

The Shifting Sands are planning the release of their second album this year and another, even more ambitious, animated video from Veronica is underway for that.

In case you want to, you can also listen to the track down below and download it, from Soundcloud.