A special finale performance in the ‘Dylanesque – Always Beginning’ Tour

A special finale performance in the ‘Dylanesque – Always Beginning’ Tour:

Gaslight Theatre, Cambridge - Saturday August 16

​​Chris Rivers channels Bob 1Bob Dylan and rugby. Cambridge UK and Cambridge NZ. River’s Edge connects them all.

New Zealand’s number 1 Dylan Fan, Chris Rivers, is playing a special finale to round off the ‘Always Beginning’ tour (a hat tip to Dylan’s ‘Never Ending Tour’), in his hometown of Cambridge. As well as being a tribute to Bob Dylan, it also showcases his ‘thesis’ on Bob Dylan – the album ‘Cambridge Town’, written in Cambridge UK, and brought to life in Cambridge NZ.

“I’ve eaten, breathed, melted, swallowed, washed and sucked in Dylan’s records”, says Chris Baigent (Rivers) who claims to be New Zealand’s biggest Bob Dylan fan. The lead singer and songwriter for the band River’s Edge says he rightly earned this title after living in poverty for six months, in Cambridge UK, in order to dedicate himself entirely to studying Dylan’s discography – and he now offers a challenge to other Dylan fans.During this pilgrimage, he wrote all the songs for his second album, aptly named ‘Cambridge Town’, which has recently been released by Powertool Records. “I guess you could call this album my thesis on early Dylan”.

Rivers MimiThis special theatrical night also showcases a new song Rivers has written about Hamilton during the 1981 rugby springbok tour, to welcome Bob Dylan to the city. It debuted in Hamilton last week, and playing it just down the road in Cambridge makes a lot of sense. Rivers says “It seemed appropriate I write about the Hamilton event that made Nelson Mandela feel ‘as if the sun had come out’ and with his death last year, it’s more poignant”. Hamilton was the only city, to stop a rugby game against the Springboks, during the 1981 tour. The lyrics are here.

One of the highlights of the “Dylanesque” tour has been the duo of Rivers and Mimi transforming into Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, reworking their songs with passion and respect.

Here’s a recent performance from TVNZ’s Good Morning show of his lovely song ‘Love Speak”: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5UgOjhzoV2ZOEp0ZTB1YTBwbkU/preview

Listen to Cambridge Town here:

Saturday 16 August – The Gaslight Theatre Cambridge – early Rivers & Dylan folk, Mimi and Rivers, River’s Edge Band.

20 September – The Thirsty Dog – River’s Edge Band – others to be announced!

Matthew Bannister prepares for a Strange Day’s Night


- a celebration of the Beatles’ songs

BeatlesPowertool Records’ resident Beatles fanatic Matthew Bannister is warming up for his performance at A Strange Day’s Night – the Play It Strange celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s New Zealand tour.

Bannister has well and truly earned his Abbey Road stripes – and the respect of Beatles aficionados worldwide – following the release of his respectful, innovative and highly acclaimed ‘Evolver’, his personal tribute to ‘Revolver’.

Listen to Evolver here.

The Beatles played the Auckland Town Hall on the 24th and 25th June 1964. Fifty years later, Beatles songs will again rock the same stage over two big nights at A Strange Day’s Night. A fund-raiser for Play It Strange, the shows will feature more than 150 NZ artists covering the full breadth of the Beatles oeuvre.

Pop masters such as Matthew Bannister, Tim Finn, Graham Brazier, Jordan Luck, Eddie Rayner, Jason Kerrison, Fiona Macdonald, SJD and more will playing with emerging young performers from a variety of Auckland secondary schools.

A splendid time is guaranteed for all!


Strange Days NightTuesday June 24th
Don McGlashan
Mike Chunn
Fiona McDonald  (Headless Chickens)
The Camel Toes
The Backbeat Band
Tim and Harper Finn (Split Enz)
Graeme Brazier and Harry Lyon (Hello Sailor)
Jed Town
Grace Brebner
Kaipara College
Fletcher Mills

Wednesday June 25th
Leza Corban (Strawpeople)
Peter Urlich (Th’ Dudes)
Jason Kerrison (Op Shop)
Eddie Rayner (Split Enz)
Jimmy Christmas (D4)
Geoffrey Chunn (Citizen Band)
Rezonation St Cuthbert’s Choir
Matthew Bannister (Sneaky Feelings)
The Backbeat Band
Jordan Luck (The Exponents)
Sacred Heart College Band
Tim and Harper Finn (Split Enz)
Fletcher Mills

In no particular order **subject to change.

Find event details and tickets here.

Loud at Lucha: Seeds of Orbit, the Roulettes and Loud Ghost

Loud at Lucha: Seeds of Orbit, the Roulettes and Loud Ghost

Friday June 6 – Lucha Lounge
1 York St, Newmarket, Auckland

(*You can win a double pass, a Seeds of Orbit CD and t-shirt, a Roulettes album and a copy of the unreleased Loud Ghost single by visiting the Facebook event page…)


Seeds Roulettes LuchaIt’s a psychedelic rock tour-de-force: 3 of Auckland’s finest guitar bands combine forces for an aural onslaught of twisted pop and deep psych vibes.

Seeds of Orbit have listened to the people’s pleas for a mighty homegrown psychedelic band – and boy, have they answered them. Something of a supergroup, this three-piece has a deep love for heavy mod, stoner rock and acid folk. Made up of Mark Petersound (aka Mark PetersenStraitjacket Fits, Cabbage Bomber, Shaft), Bridgette Bowie (The Doris Days, Cabbage Bomber and legendary all-girl punk band Fake Purr), and Marty Doo (NZ: The Beads;Australia: Glide, Challenger 7, Scruffs, Grapefruit),their mind-alteringly psychedelic debut EP ‘Seeds of Orbit’ is out now on Powertool Records – and they really bring it to life when they play live!
Listen to the EP here.

The Roulettes’ second, self-titled album is definitive of the band’s predilections, obsessions and strengths. Short punchy rock/pop gems with lyrics to pay attention to are delivered with maximum energy. The Roulettes was formed by Ben and Justin in Auckland in the early 2000s from the ashes of alcohol-fuelled Dunedin rock’n’roll bands (Funhouse, Bike). They released two EPs (You Want It and Unread Books) before settling on the ever-awesome Mark Queenin (Bike, Garageland) on drums.“Located between power pop, indie rock and with a fine sense of focused economy… (songs which) would slip in comfortably alongside the best of US indie rock…” Graham Reid, www.elsewhere.co.nz

Loud Ghost: Courtesy of The Institute of Telepathic Research, Loud Ghost is DHarkness (New Telepathics, Spacesuit, Serafin) on guitar and vocals, Mark Hussey on drums and Sam Taylor on bass. Loud Ghost recently for beloved US indie rockers Sebadoh. Their debut single ‘Fire Up’ is being released on August 4, and they’ve been quietly working away on their album at Tom Healey’s Paquin studio. Loud Ghost on Facebook





Gold Medal Famous bring Free Body Culture to Auckland this Easter …and a show with King Loser just announced!

GMFUFOHiResGold Medal Famous are bringing their utterly unique performance style, plus their new EP ‘Free Body Culture’, to Auckland as a special Easter treat.

Their whirlwind upper-North Island tour includes a headlining performance with the legendary King Loser on Friday April 18 at UFO, a slot as part of the Borderline Festival at Whammy Bar on Saturday April 19th, and an appearance at Tauranga’s Jizzfest on Sunday April 20th.

Gold Medal Famous are also planning a special surprise performance in Auckland city on Easter Saturday.

Gold Medal Famous ‘Free Body Culture’ Easter tour
Friday April 18th – with KING LOSER at UFO, 9 Veronica St, New Lynn, Auckland
Saturday April 19th – daytime performance – watch this space for details
Saturday April 19th – Borderline Festival, Whammy Bar, Auckland
Sunday April 20th – Jizzfest, Tauranga

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About the ‘Free Body Culture’ EP
“The “Free Body Culture” EP is the latest release on Powertool Records by Wellington based avant-garde pop band Gold Medal Famous. “Free Body Culture” is a world first “eclectotronica” release.  Rocking the trash party. The EP is an efficient seven-song release clocking in at 27 minutes 35 seconds, perfect for the busy citizen of today. This EP is suitable for a mature audience who want to party.

Gold Medal Famous are 21st century subversives. In New Zealand much mindless violence is premised with the statement “Are you getting smart?” Well, yes we are and we will not be smashed. Gold Medal Famous is part of a movement that aims to bury the rampant anti-intellectualism associated with right wing politics and the violent sports culture that smothers New Zealand. And so to the songs…

Meat Lovers’ Pizza is a groovy protest pop song, with lyrics appropriated from actual quotes from Prime Minister John Key. Free Body Culture is about “Freikörperkultur (FKK), which is a German movement whose name translates to Free Body Culture; endorsing a naturistic approach to sports and community living. Out for the night is a song about the excitement of going out. The style is inspired by synth pop innovators of the 1980s like The Human League. All the lyrics are from the – slightly over-optimistic – mind of the narrator. Eurozone – a mathematically engineered instrumental that builds you up and takes you along the autobahn, strikes some trouble and reaches a new consensus. Royal Jelly –  a glitchy, twisted yet poppy head trip into the interior of the psyche later in the evening out. What demons play there? How well is your night actually going? Can you crawl out of the gutter and catch the bus? Was that a smile or a sneer? I’ve got my windows wide open – a true tale of neighbour voyeurism from the perspective of the voyeur. Our friend Jess (who got perved on) contributed Japanese flute and backing vocals. And lastly, You’re so outrageous is a dark dance number about the contempt the current National-led administration has for our constitutional processes. The Nats use urgency a lot in parliament to avoid public scrutiny of legislation and think we can pacified by The Hobbit, rugby and a celebrity Prime Minister. Gold Medal Famous say stand up, fight back and vote this year.

The ‘Free Body Culture’ EP on Bandcamp


Powertool…coming to you live from Rotorua, Tauranga and Auckland

We have some exceptional multi-band live goodness for you over the next two weekends, all over the North Island.

PMFTF RotoruaPop Music For The Future

Friday February 14th
@ Side Pocket Bar, Rotorua
featuring ……
Gold Medal Famous
Ghosts Of Electricity
Juan Los Bastardos
Woodcock 2Woodcock 2 Festival
Saturday February 15th
@ 19 Williams Road North, Pyes Pa, TAURANGA
featuring Powertool Records Artists
Gold Medal Famous
Ghosts Of Electricity
Psychic Maps
Buster Wilson Experience

plus a whole swag of others including Trust Punks (AKL), Day Ravies (AUS), Hash Collector (TGA), The Prophet Motive (ROTO), Eskimo Pussy (Ice Land), Spork (TGA), Bad Edison (WGTN), The Cavemen (AKL), Anne Hero (WGTN), Threat.Meet.Protocol. (KATI), Mono Sonic (WGTN), Super Narco Man (TGA), Motawrek (TGA), Stone the Crows (AKL), Kittentank (WGTN), Gallus Storky (TGA), Shoutin Preachin (AKL), Wheatbags Anonymous (Sanatarium), Black Science (AKL),
Bloodbags (AKL), The 5th Form Poet (Wanganui), Lightning Tape Wolf (WGTN), X-Ray Fiends (AKL), Forgotten Generation (AKL), Cast a Cyclone (TGA), Elten Smeeth (TGA), Psychic Maps (DUN), DHDFDs (AKL), MK Ultra (TGA), Solomon Kings (TGA), Doll House (AKL), The Love Missile and the Hollow Target (TGA),
Ghosts of Electricity (AKL), Delaney Davidson (Chch)
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Goon release show posterGoon ‘Flying Numb’ album release party
with special guests Superturtle
Saturday February 15th (the day after Valentine’s Day) from 9pm
The Thirsty Dog, 469 Karangahape Rd




Psychic Maps
Psychic Maps
release their new EP ‘1st (Second) Lo-Fi Record’

with special guests
Hypnic Jerk, The New Existentialists and the Doubtful Sounds

9 Veronica St, New Lynn, Auckland



Seeds of orbit poster smlSeeds of Orbit EP release party

8pm Saturday February 22

Thirsty Dog – 469 Karangahape Rd, Auckland

with very special guests Psychic Maps and Gem Indigo
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Powertool proudly releases Goon; and a Straitjacket Fit finds a new Orbit

Seeds of orbit poster smlSeeds of Orbit

Seeds of Orbit have listened to the people’s pleas for a mighty homegrown psychedelic band – and boy, have they answered them. Listening to their self-titled EP, you can imagine yourself transported to a lounge draped in purple brocade, incense wafting through the air, the sounds of psychotropic riffage meeting mod pop melodies…feel free to rock out, or simply absorb the music.

Something of a supergroup, this three-piece has a deep love for heavy mod, stoner rock and acid folk. Made up of Mark Petersound (aka Mark PetersenStraitjacket Fits, Cabbage Bomber, Shaft), Bridgette Bowie (The Doris Days, Cabbage Bomber and legendary all-girl punk band Fake Purr), and Marty Doo (NZ: The Beads; Australia: Glide, Challenger 7, Scruffs, Grapefruit), their mind-alteringly psychedelic debut EP ‘Seeds of Orbit’ has just been released on Powertool Records.

Seeds of Orbit’s release party will be quite the happening, taking flight at Auckland’s Thirsty Dog on Saturday February 22. The support acts are also pretty stunning in their own right – Simon McLaren (Love’s Ugly Children, the Subliminals, Sleepers Union) brings his exciting new band Psychic Maps from Christchurch, and guitar virtuoso Gem Indigo completes the entourage.

Listen to Seeds of Orbit on Bandcamp

Seeds of Orbit EP release extravaganza

8pm Saturday February 22
Thirsty Dog – 469 Karangahape Rd, Auckland
with very special guests Psychic Maps and Gem Indigo



goon album cover 400Finally back with their second album. The three-piece rock sound is distinctive and punchy and its limitations tend to encourage simplicity of sound.  As it would happen, Goon only have three players:  Rochelle on bass, Andrew on drums, and Christian on guitars and vocals. Live, they are raw, punchy, fun and riff-laden, with a catchy, driving guitar sound which really gets you going. The recordings, however, are a different story – the layers of instruments (including Hammond and flute) unfold into a fuller, richer, more complicated sound.  They’re a band who deliver both on stage and in the studio.

Goon emerged in 2003, won the York Street Acid Test which gave them their first success, and released an  ep called three piece  of love. Their next release came  in 2007 with boy  girl boy  receiving excellent  reviews. Now, finally, the new album is about to be released. It’s filled with Goon’s eclectic style of fun catchy rock-poppers and moody atmospheric songs. They have accumulated a pile of attributes that can only be expected of a band that has stood the test of time. Previously they  have made 8 music videos, had live tv and radio performances, and two bfm number ones,  plus great reviews and fantastic gigs throughout the country. The latest album ‘flying numb’ is showing great promise with three singles (‘it’s alright’, ‘my friend’ and ‘just be friends’) already finding their way to the bfm top ten and picked up on the student network nationwide.  ‘It’s alright’ also  featured on the kiwi fm top 20. New single ‘just be  friends’ currently sits at number 3 on the bfm top ten and on the kiwi hit disc.


Christian is an  artist. He is a painter, sculptor writer and film maker and musician. He exhibits each year  and has his work in many collections and major nationwide shows.  He loves  music with a passion. He loves  Goon. He says, “We are a family. We don’t always see each other but when  we do we love each other.”

Rochelle is the GM at Shock NZ, overseeing the sales,  marketing and promotion of the Shock Records  and Shock Entertainment catalogues. She  has been working in the music industry  for almost 12 years and has played in a variety of bands from Glam Rock covers  to an  all-female rock/pop band, but found a home  in Goon .

Andrew works as a Speedboat mechanic and loves  all things high speed including cars, motorbikes and more. He learned to play the drums on a farm in Te Kuiti during high school  and has played in lots of bands including Exiter and Disco De Soto. Andrew and Rochelle recently married.

New music from Cambridge Town and Melbourne

We are very pleased to share two new musical offerings with you. Melbourne band Enclosures have been starting make an impression across the Tasman and further afield with their debut album ‘Scotch Mist'; and River’s Edge present us with a new album linking Bob Dylan and two towns named Cambridge.

New music from Melbourne: Enclosures ‘Scotch Mist’
Powertool Records December 2013

EnclosuresUpon first listening to Enclosures’ new album ‘Scotch Mist’, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d unearthed a long-lost Flying Nun album. Echoes of the 3Ds, Chug and Look Blue Go Purple reverberate in what has been described by one listener as “a glorious noise”. And then you may be surprised to learn that only one of the band hails from New Zealand – Enclosures are Melbourne-based, and the other 3 of the quartet have their origins in Australia.

Mia Schoen (Western Australia), Marc Regueiro-Mckelvie (Auckland, NZ), Natalie Kumpus (Tasmania) and Kerrilee Dixon (Queensland) all have pedigrees in previous bands, and came together to form Enclosures through a mutual enjoyment of great pop tunes and the liberation of making a huge noise.

Australian label Special Award released their debut cassette in 2010, and after honing their sound with a bunch of gigs and a self-titled EP released in 2012, Enclosures are very proud to present their debut album, ‘Scotch Mist’.  This album was largely created using rehearsal improvisations – a room mic provided the backbone, with the results pieced together and overdubbed to form what would decidedly become songs.   True to their ethos, the album demonstrates pop smarts but doesn’t hold back on letting their instruments buzz and wail.

Here they are featured on music blog Mess and Noise: http://www.messandnoise.com/news/4621738

Scotch Mist will be released on Powertool Records in December 2013. The excellent cover art is by Kerrilee Dixon.

Enclosures on Bandcamp: http://powertoolrecords.bandcamp.com/album/enclosures-scotch-mist-2013

For promotional copies and interview requests please contact: Renee Jones: powertoolrecordsnz1@gmail.com


Cambridge connection spans continents

RIVER’S EDGE – ‘Cambridge Town’

CambridgetownChris Baigent is the lead singer and songwriter for River’s Edge. Chris has been writing songs with a distinct New Zealand flavour for the past 10 years – songs influenced by homegrown musicians such as David Kilgour, Chris Knox and The Clean; while other influences include songwriters Neil Young, Paul Kelly and Bob Dylan.

2005 saw the release of the River’s Edge self-funded debut album, “Head First” – a collection of songs written by Baigent; the first single from the album, Come On Let’s Go Baby reached No. 5 on the 95bFM Top Ten.

Powertool Records is now pleased to announce the release of the new River’s Edge album “Cambridge Town”. Inspiration for the album began when in 2003-04 Chris travelled the world, settling in London and then Cambridge for six months, where he began writing whilst studying Bob Dylan’s entire record collection. The new songs wove together poetry and stories about his surrounding environment, inspired by the old architecture and people of this busy university town. These songs emerge from a fresh-faced “Kiwi” experiencing life abroad for the first time; and Chris says, “I guess you could call this album my ‘thesis on Dylan’”.

Baigent hopes the album will also encourage New Zealanders to appreciate their own surroundings and culture through music – it could be considered a concept album written whilst overseas. It is an album written about the modern world, but in the style of a past generation. And, most appropriately, Baigent has been living in New Zealand’s own Cambridge for the past two-and-a-half years.

A music video for ‘Love Speak’ has also just been released: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-ucY_pcXRM)

For promotional copies and interview requests please contact: Renee Jones: powertoolrecordsnz1@gmail.com