King Missile IV to play New Zealand for the first time; and Brother Love with Darryl Baser play Auckland this week

King Missile IV to play New Zealand for the first time

KMIV PR pic 21kbWe at Powertool Records are pretty much completely over the moon to announce that King Missile IV is making their first ever visit to perform in New Zealand in February 2015.

The latest, perhaps greatest version of the unique and hugely influential King Missile is led by poet, songwriter, author, and intellectual property analyst – whatever that is – John S. Hall, who will be bringing his current band members Azalia Snail and Dan West (who are also known as the duo LoveyDove).

Tour dates:

Thursday 12th February – Kings Arms, Auckland

Thursday 19th February – Bodega, Wellington

More dates TBC

From the band’s formation in 1986 and right throughout the 1990s, King Missile released a string of singles – and albums – that were resoundingly embraced by New Zealand’s student radio network: songs of note include ‘Take Stuff From Work, ‘Sensitive Artist’, ‘Jesus Was Way Cool’, ‘Gary and Melissa’, ‘Cheesecake Truck’, ‘Martin Scorsese’ and the hugely popular ‘Detachable Penis’ – just to name a few.
Check out King Missile’s work on

King Missile disbanded in 1994, and in 1996 Hall released a solo album, ‘The Body Has a Head’, and in 1998 formed King Missile III. Hall has also had two books published: 1997′s Jesus Was Way Cool, a collection of 40 poems which became songs on King Missile/Hall albums; and 2007′s Daily Negations, a dark-humoured satire of self-help books. Hall went on to study law, co-founding a small entertainment law firm, and later taking on a law-related job at a major law firm.

John S. Hall continues to perform on a regular basis – solo, as a poet and musician – and more recently with the newly-formed King Missile IV, comprising Snail and West.

Dan West and Azalia Snail/LoveyDove

Dan West
Multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer Dan West made his name in a scene known as The Paisley Underground (best known for The Bangles; Mazzy Star also had ties to the genre, and Prince named his label Paisley Park Records after the movement).

He has also performed on stage and on record with artists ranging from Sky Saxon of The Seeds and Bryan MacLean of Love to jazz artists such as Rosemary Clooney, Maynard Fergusson and Paula Kelly.  He has fronted many of his own groups, including Aguafantastica (Smile Records, LA) and Sidewalk Society (Fruits De Mer Records, UK)and is currently one half of LoveyDove.  He scored the music for the upcoming documentary ‘Mr. Movie Poster’ about the life of artist Paul Crifo

Dan’s solo album ‘Hot Corners’ was released last summer on New Zealand-based label Powertool Records, and his new album ‘Does It Suit You’ is just about to be released.

Azalia Snail
Azalia Snail has recorded 11 critically-acclaimed albums, and is recognized as a pioneering force in the “lo-fi” movement of the 1990′s. Many influential labels have released her music, including Sub Pop and Dark Beloved Cloud, who launched their label with a split 7” by Azalia Snail and Sebadoh. In 1996, she was commissioned by MTV to score the music for the program “Ain’t Nuthin’ But A She Thing”, and she il has also composed music for several indie features and short films. She has toured consistently throughout the USA and Europe with such acts as Low, Sebadoh, The Black Heart Procession, Sportsguitar, and Illyah Kuryahkin. In 2000 Snail won the LA Weekly Music Award for Best New Genre.

She is currently in LoveyDove with Dan West.

This duo make “deliciously chewy” soulful pop with a penetrating groove. And here’s the story of LoveyDove in a nutshell – East Coast girl (Azalia) meets West Coast guy(Dan) , and together they create a shimmering, alluring dose of melodic pop n’ roll.

And as the perfect twist to this tale, Azalia and Dan were married in April this year.

“…boy-girl adventure team LoveyDove have created an unusually irresistible blend of artful expression, psychedelic atmospherics, deft craftsmanship and flat-out mushy romance… Theirs is a deliciously chewy sound, loaded with dynamics, color and articulate lyrics that are both acutely chosen and shrewdly applied…definitely not for dummies”. — By Jonny Whiteside

John Payne of LA Weekly/ says:
“supremely melodic and wonderfully harmonized/high-grade modernist pop.”

LoveyDove’s influences include: Trio,The Teddybears, Illyah Kuryahkin, Dustry Springfield, T Rex, The Kinks, Love, Doves, The Troggs, Petula Clark, the Monkees, The Beatles, Lou Reed, Debussy, Stravinsky, Love American Style, Mary Tyler Moore, Dick van Dyke.

LoveyDove on Bandcamp
LoveyDove ‘Luka Fisher’ b/w ’Beppe of Italy’
Watch LoveyDove ‘Luka Fisher’
Watch LoveyDove’s Space Station 76 tribute: ‘Less is Never More’

UTR_LogoTickets are available from
Auckland ticket link
Wellington ticket link.




Brother Love with Darryl Baser in Auckland – Darryl’s first Auckland show in over 20 years!

Bro Love D BaserPowertool Records is pretty chuffed to let you know that two unique South Island acts are making the lengthy trip to Auckland to play a show on November 20 – and for one of them, it’s been a very long time between drinks.

Brother Love’s Free Association are visiting for two shows, on Thursday November 20 at the Dog’s Bollix, and Friday November 21 at New Lynn’s UFO.

Their special guest on Thursday night at the Bollix is alt-country (emphasis on the “alt”) singer/songwriter Darryl Baser, playing Auckland for the first time since 1991. Baser started in music early indeed – he drummed off and on since age 4, and picked up the guitar at 11; later joining a Clash covers band and a synth-pop band in Weymouth, Dorset, UK. The songwriting bug kicked in, and Baser played wherever he could, from busking in Hamilton to support slots for bands such as The Axemen. In the interim, he’s also been a music journalist for Critic, the Otago Daily Times and Radio National NZ – so he’s well versed in life on either side of the microphone and pen.

Baser’s forthcoming album ‘ Raw Selfie‘ – out shortly on Zelle Records through Powertools – was recorded on his trusty LG Optima smart phone in his lounge, and includes road sounds at times – and in one song you can hear the phone buzz as messages come through. Baser figured, if one can take selfies on their phones, why can’t one also record an album?

Whilst we await the finished ‘Raw Selfie‘, he’s putting out the ‘Petite Selfie‘ EP in time for next week’s show. Many of the songs on ‘Petite Selfie‘ were recorded to minidisc in the same lounge, pre-prepped by Barry McConachie, with mastering by Danny Manetto (Drop Dead Redhead and many other bands).

Baser says, “I’m looking forward to playing my first shows in Auckland since supporting a band called SMAK at Cameron’s in 1990/91 it’s been a long time between visits…”

Brother Love was formed in Christchurch in 1993 as a live vehicle for the music of guitarist/songwriter Marty Henderson. Over their 2-decade career, Brother Love’s various indie star-studded line-ups have gained the notice of record labels in New York and Germany, with the band touring the US twice. The Brother Love band have played shows with bands such as Bardo Pond, Fuzzhead, Mark Arm’s Bloodloss, San Francisco’s Monoshock and Barbara Manning, the No-Neck Blues, Dead Moon, King Loser and Sebadoh. In 2000, they were featured on the soundtrack of feature film ‘Snakeskin’. In 2013, the group released the retrospective compilation “20 Years In A Rockin’ Boat” on Powertool Records, and they have since been working on new material for both vinyl and CD/online.

Listen to Brother Love here

Joining Brother Love’s Free Association at UFO on Friday November 21st is a very cool lineup, with George D. Henderson’s New Existentialists, as well as impressive young bands The Debris and Mucus Kids.

Powertool artists play Auckland and Wellington on November 6

Matthew Bannister, Gold Medal Famous and The Doubtful Sounds on the road

Matthew Bannister and The Nukes – Auckland
Nukes BannisterMatthew Bannister is making a rare Auckland appearance at the Great South Pacific Tuning Fork on Thursday November 6th, performing as a special guest ahead of The Nukes.

Out of the beautiful west of Auckland come The Nukes, for a night of roots music with a twist. The Nukes discharge three part vocal harmonies, blistering riffs and riotous rhythms to produce a fine blend of folk, bluegrass, reggae and post punk. They play The Great South Pacific Tuning Fork this November as part of a tour to celebrate the arrival of their second album Lucky Ones. Very special guest for the show will be Matthew Bannister (ex Sneaky Feelings.)

In 2011 The Nukes featured as part of the TV Doco Bill Sevesi’s Dream and in 2012 they released their debut studio album ‘Each to their Own’ (which now has a companion songbook so players can follow along!). Album no 2, Lucky Ones, has burst out of the blocks fully formed, striding purposefully forth in a perfectly cut suit, waving with a presidential smile. On their live performance:
“‘Original’, inventive and entertaining. The performance skills, personality and banter between the musicians are excellent.  There was overwhelming positive audience feedback from the concert (Spiegeltent -Taranaki Arts festival ) and that was one of the reasons I brought them back for WOMAD 2012.” – Drew James Artistic Director WOMAD / Taranaki Arts Festival

Matthew Bannister, under the name One Man Bannister, last year released the ‘Evolver’ album – a tribute to the Beatles’ ‘Revolver’, which received rave reviews from every quarter. Recently he’s been performing his own material with his band The Changing Same; the EP ‘Make Up My Mind’ was released recently.


Tickets on sale from Ticketmaster, $20 pre-sales

Show details are here.

Listen to The Nukes here.

Listen to Matthew Bannister: One Man Bannister – Evolver and The Changing Same.

Gold Medal Famous and The Doubtful Sounds – Wellington and Whanganui
GMF DSGood news everyone! Wellington avant-garde electropop trio Gold Medal Famous joins forces with dual city Wellington/Auckland jangle-guitar pop group The Doubtful Sounds to play Wellington and Whanganui in the first week of November.

Fresh from an international live collaboration as Selective Yellow, Chris Wilson from Gold Medal Famous and James Noble from The Doubtful Sounds thought it was time to make the virtual a reality by bringing the bands together In Real Life. Selective Yellow recently performed a special cross-country show, Birmingham’s Network Festival, with James beaming in from the UK and Chris performing in New Zealand, resulting in a unique online instrumental duet.

Gold Medal Famous recently grazed the headlines again with the pre-election update of their infamous song ‘John Key is (Still) a Dick’ on the Powertool Election EP; which followed on from the recent release of their metal album ‘Album of National Significance’.

Watch the video for Gold Medal Famous  ‘Bastard Lizard‘ here.

The Doubtful Sounds have just released their second studio album ‘A Stone’s Throw From Happiness’. It’s a step up from their very well-received debut ‘The Pop Album’, in quality and sound – and a more challenging set of songs. It starts off recognising its pop roots (Fell in Love) before rebalancing that with a heavier side of life, especially with Mayday (to be released as a single in late November), before delving into alt country and acoustic darkness (Well of the Saints) as the album closes.

Listen to The Doubtful Sounds’ new album ‘A Stone’s Throw From Happiness’ here.

Gold Medal Famous with The Doubtful Sounds
6 November at Meow Edward St, Wellington. 8pm doors. $5. Two bands because it’s a school night.
8 November at Space Monster, Whanganui. 8pm $5. Plus special guests.

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”:

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,

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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