Finally Some Breathing Space

Since my last post back in January, things here at Powertool Central have been insanely hectic. Three brand new Powertool Releases, two Kaleidoscopes, an international tour and a bunch of release gigs have all taken place….. in Feb/Mar 2016.

February 2016 Releases

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PT165: Rough Church – Shhhh (CD Album) This album was recorded on their last tour to NZ back in 2014. It was recorded at Chick’s Hotel in Port Chalmers and features guest appearances from David Kilgour and Robert Scott. Engineering was done by Tom Bell. Rough Church toured both here and Australia in Feb/March 2016.

PT166: Joed Out – Retrospective 2001-2004 (Double CD Album) Joed Out were around in the early 2000’s and played a ton of shows in their relatively brief but highly productive career. This retrospective captures the best of their recorded material on Disc One. Disc Two features unrecorded/unreleased songs that never saw the light of day until now, in this very raw state. This is a document of one of Auckland’s finest underground bands from last decade. Joed Out played a rare one off show at UFO to celebrate the release of this fine retrospective in early March 2016.

PT167: Feyodor – The Tide Will Wear You Down (CD Album) This album is the follow up to the critically acclaimed ‘Aggressive Pedestrian’. Originally recorded in Finland at Pink Noise Studios with the legendary Mikael H. back in 2006. It sat unreleased for ten years because of the sensitive lyrical content. Ben Barrett (songwriter) wrote these songs about his first wife Sarah but could not bring himself to share such emotion with the world. His relationship had broken down and he had re-married. He has now also parted ways with his second wife and now feels that enough time has passed that he can finally make it available for all to hear. Feyodor also played a rare one off performance in early March at UFO to celebrate this release.

KW032 & KW033: Kaleidoscope World Series 31 and 32: (2x CD Albums) Kaleidoscopes are hard work. Booking ten acts, gathering songs, designing artwork and organizing a live show. They take up a lot of time planning and liaising with bands, venues, adverting  people, manufacturers and soundmen. In February we did two Kaleidoscopes, one here at UFO and the other across the ditch in Melbourne at an amazing venue called The Tote. Both shows were amazing …. here are the lineups … Kaleidoscope 31 – Two Of Hearts, This Flight Tonight, Rivers Edge, Slumbug, Poppycock, Super Narco Man, My Civilian, Napier Avalon Jones, Wu Kong The Monkey King and Shady Brain Farm. …. Kaleidoscope 32 featured …. Vorn, Gold Medal Famous, Shrimpwitch, Dusty Springclean & the Pops, Fraudband, Mandek Penha, Rough Church, Mucus Kids, Mia Schoen and The Curse.

All these fine releases are available from the Powertool website or from our Bandcamp site….. except the Kaleidoscopes. They only place you can get those from is directly from Powertool via the website, Alien Shop or UFO


Andrew Maitai




Happy New Year!

Well here we are at the beginning of 2016. Our latest release is the new album from Cambridge troubadour River’s Edge. It’s called Lul-Her-By and as the title suggests, it is a laid back affair. Acoustic, soft melodies, tunes to get you ready for bed. After a long hard day, something to relax to, wind down and mellow out. You’re girlfriends gonna love it, another great reason to add it to your music collection.

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Also just out this month is the new album from the Earl Of Seacliff’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It’s called “Livin’ Ina Aucklan'” This is a collection of songs penned by Michael O’Leary and performed and recorded by local musicians in his home town of Paekakariki. All the songs are about different suburbs in Auckland, written from Michael’s experiences of living in Auckland in the 1980’s.

Enter The Anti-Claus

Tired of the same old Christmas songs year after year. Need something fresh, exciting and dare I say it….. Good. Songs you can sing along to, songs that will make you laugh and cry, songs that are political or just plain creepy. Yes, this album has it all.

The Anti-Claus has compiled tracks from all over the world…. New Zealand, Germany, England and the USA.

Here is the tracklisting…

  1. Great Dynamo – Timeshed (Germany)
  2. Mary – Big Boy (New Zealand
  3. Factory Kids – Father Christmas Still
  4. Doubtful Sounds – All The Angels Sang (New Zealand)
  5. Gold Medal Famous – Red Pill Christmas (New Zealand)
  6. Fatal Elf – I Wanna Be Your Elf (England)
  7. Andrew Deadman – Silent Night (USA)
  8. Jordan Reyne – Song For Winter Soltice (England)
  9. Rough Church – PJ vs. The Mouse (USA)
  10. Joed Out – Reindeers (New Zealand)
  11. Anti-Claus – Little Baby Jesus (New Zealand)
  12. Mucus Kids – Satan’s Claws (New Zealand)
  13. Mark Airlie – A Day Like Today (New Zealand)
  14. River’s Edge – Christmas Is Hell (New Zealand)
  15. Brother Love with Boss Christ – No Christmas For John Key (New Zealand)
  16. One Man Bannister – Silent Night (New Zealand)

PT164 Xmas Album

New Music To Add To Your Playlist!

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LoveyDove – Showstopper

Each month, we will present you with new music from Powertool Records that we think you should add to your playlist. Most songs will be from our latest releases, our distro partners and occasionally a track from our back catalogue. Listen on Bandcamp

LoveyDove – I See The Light

This classic track originally released by Todd Rungren has had the LoveyDove makeover. They are currently making big waves on their European tour. The first single from their brand new album ‘Showstopper’.

Brother Love – A Little Bit Of Everything

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Brother Love show their versatility here with this wonderful country/rock number. Recently returned from wowing audiences in Melbourne, Australia. This song features

on their latest album “Delicacy’.

Gold Medal Famous – Strike The Match

First single lifted from their new album ‘Deep In The Heart Of Saturday Night’. Gold Medal Famous continue to mix up genres , at the same time sounding distinctly unique.

Rough Church – Grandeur

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Rough Church

Beautiful single written by Kaitlin Wolfberg, the violinist in Rough Church. ‘Fiction / Reflection’ is their latest album and most accessible to date.

Mucus Kids – I Stand With A Fist

The debut single from the Mucus Kids. With an average age of 17, and a devastating live act. This anthem needs to be on everyone’s playlist.

Jordan Reyne – Birth Ritual

Jordan’s latest single from ‘Maiden’, the third in a trilogy of EP’s. Stunning, haunting and beautiful are all words used to describe Jordan Reyne’s work.

King Missile IV – Closet

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The single that revived cult heroes King Missile. Opening track on the infamous “This Fuckin’ Guy’ EP that was released earlier this year.

Doubtful Sounds – Throwing Stones

Jangly pop in the same vein as the early Dunedin Sound of the Chills and Sneaky Feelings. This track comes from their latest album “A Stones Throw From Happiness”.

Darryl Baser – The Whiff Of A Great Deed Lingers

Darryl from Dunedin presents his latest single from his upcoming album “Raw Selfie”.

Dan West – Does It Suit You?

The title track from his latest album. Dan West’s quirky pop songs will have you singing along long after the song concludes. The art of a true songsmith.

LoveyDove Tour Europe!


Everyone’s favourite couple Azalia Snail and Dan West (LoveyDove)  hit the road in Oct/Nov 2015 armed with their brand new sparkling album “Show Stopper” Here’s a list of upcoming dates, there’s bound to be a show near you.


Fear not New Zealand and Australian fans, they are planning to come to your shores in April 2016.

Powertool’s Melbourne Invasion begins this week

Melbourne is about to experience an invasion of New Zealand musicians later this week, as Powertool Records are bringing three of their finest acts to Melbourne this July. From July 9th to 18th, venues across Melbourne will reverberate to an eclectic mix of New Zealand music, from the psychedelic swamp rock of Brother Love, to a unique brand of avant garde pop and “eclectotronica” courtesy of Gold Medal Famous, and the alternative pop genius of Vorn. Levitating Churches, Miniatures, Eli and Bev, Ninety Nine and Kakariko round out the Australian supports. However we must note that Levitating Churches features erstwhile ex-pat New Zealander Matt Alien (Slavetrader). Artist/musician Mia Schoen will also be doing a rare live performance, as will Matt Middleton (originally from New Zealand as well) under his legendary Crude moniker.

Photo by Hayley Thayers

Photo by Hayley Thayers

Brother Love shows
Thursday 9th July 2015: Brother Love + Levitating Churches + special guests @ The Old Bar, Melbourne, Australia.

Friday 10th July 2015: Brother Love + Levitating Churches + Miniatures @ Bar Open, Melbourne, Australia.

Saturday 11th July 2015: Brother Love + Crude + Mia Schoen @ Vice Bar, Melbourne, Australia.

Gold Medal Famous and Vorn
GMFPOSTER NINETYNINE VERSION MIA SCHOEN SmallThursday 16th July 2015: Gold Medal Famous + Vorn + Kakariko @The Public Bar, Melbourne, Australia.

Friday 17th July 2015: Gold Medal Famous + Vorn + Ninety Nine + special guests @ Bar Open, Melbourne, Australia

Saturday 18th July 2015: Gold Medal Famous + Vorn + Vowel Movement + Bono Ono @ Grace Darling, Melbourne, Australia.

Jordan Reyne releases the third chapter of the [MAIDEN​]​, Mother, Crone EP trilogy

“Maiden” is the final EP in Jordan Reyne’s “[MAIDEN], Mother, Crone” trilogy and is out this week – you can listen to the EP here.

Jordan Reyne MaidenDescribed by New Zealand’s National Radio as the pioneer of a new sound, Jordan’s music is a blend of Celtic rock, steam-era machine noise, and Grimms’ fairytale-esque lyrics. Imagine PJ Harvey trapped in the workhouses of Industrial Revolution era England, with only Nine Inch Nails for company.

Now resident in the UK, Reyne Jordan’s wide appeal and uncategorisable style has led to supports for bands as diverse as Karl Bartos (of Kraftwerk), Laibach, Feilds of the Nephilim, New Model Army, White Zombie and the Eden House.

Over the weekend just past, Jordan played the Whitby Gothic Weekend, alongside acts such as Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic, Andi Sex Gang, The Damned, and Doctor And The Medics. Previous WGW headliners include Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Gene Loves Jezebel, Dead Eyes Opened, Alien Sex Fiend, Clan Of Xymox, Toyah, New Model Army, Heaven 17, Visage, and Hugh Cornwell.

Prior to WGW, Jordan had just completed a European tour – which included support slots with Laibach – to celebrate the completion of the Maiden, Mother, Crone trilogy – a year-long project of a trilogy of EPs. As part of the tour, Jordan posted short audio interviews after each show; here is episode one: with outstanding looper and musician Mark Howden. It’s worth following her fantastic blog too, which gives some historical insight into each city she plays in.

She has also just been booked to play Wave-Gotik-Treffen, the biggest Gothic festival in Europe, which runs from May 22 – 25 in Leipzig, Germany.

The “[MAIDEN], Mother, Crone” trilogy explores female archetypes – both in mythology, and how they affect women in the real world. The Maiden is an emergent character – she is only allowed to “be” in a context of innocence and naivity. Her battle is to become her true self, in the face of potentially negative judgements of what are considered transgressions from the archetype (naivity, innocence, nascent sexuality).

A video has been released for ‘Birth Ritual’,  the first track from the EP trilogy “[MAIDEN], Mother, Crone” – it’s a tale about the rituals surrounding the gender construct – how we learn to perform the dances required of us based on our physicality at birth.

[MAIDEN] on Bandcamp.

One of New Zealand’s best exports plays the international cybercircuit, and you can see her live – from home

Jordan Avatar“one of the most extraordinarily fascinating live shows I have ever seen on stage… one of the best – if not the best – folk performers out there today… she’s spellbinding”. (Cat on the Wall, UK)

You can experience Jordan Reyne live at her next cybergig – in Second Life, at Key West on Saturday March 14. 

Tired of missing your favourite acts when the play overseas? Our very own Jordan Reyne is leading the charge in a whole new world of performances, via concerts in the Internet-based world of Second Life. Reyne even has her own Second Life ïnworld” booking agent.

Jordan SL live shotAn internationally renowned performer, Jordan Reyne hails from New Zealand, and after a series of critically-acclaimed releases in New Zealand, left her homeland for Germany in 2005. She moved on to the UK in 2011 and currently lives in London, touring Europe annually.

Reyne’s fully-booked – and wildly eclectic – concert schedule over the next couple of months includes support slots for Laibach, Matt Howden, Goth heavyweights Rhombus, and festivals including Whitby Goth Weekend, Last Cry 30th Anniversary, Fadein Festival and Celtic Emotions. Aside from being in demand on the terrestrial touring front, Reyne has firmly established herself in the virtual realm of Second Life. She has held a residency at popular Second Life club Key West.

Described by New Zealand’s National Radio as the author of a new sound, Jordan is a 3 time Tui Award (New Zealand Grammy) nominee, and has lent her voice to projects from Cafe Del Mar through to Lord of the Rings. A prolific writer and performer, she has ten internationally acclaimed albums to her credit and has and toured the UK, Poland, Germany, Denmark, the US and New Zealand.

Jordan’s wide appeal and uncategorisable style has led to supports for bands as diverse as Karl Bartos (of Kraftwerk), Laibach, Feilds of the Nephilim, New Model Army, White Zombie and the Eden House. Her festival appearances include Glastonbury (UK), The New Zealand International Festival of the Arts (NZ), Wave Gothic Treffen (Germany), The Big Day Out (NZ / Aus), Frankfurt Music Messe (Germany), Soundedit (Poland), Whitby Gothic Weekend and many more.

Her new EP ‘Maiden’ – the third in her [MAIDEN​]​, Mother, Crone trilogy – will be released on April 2nd this year.


March 14 (NZ Time), Key West, Second Life, 9am NZ Time
Look for the show with these details:
Duration : 1 hour
Cover : Free
Maturity :MModerate
Category : Live Music
When : 03/01/15 01:00 PM (14/3/2015, 9am NZ time)
Location : Key West Island (116, 100, 30)
Set a reminder for the show.

March 21, Horns Erben, Leipzig, Germany (with Matt Howden)

March 25, Fabryka Klub, Krakow, Poland (support for Laibach)

March 26, Palladium, Warsaw, Poland (support for Laibach)

March 30, HRP Pamela, Torun, Poland 

April 17, Ruby Lounge, Manchester, UK (with Rhombus)

April 25, Spa Pavillion, Whitby, UK (Whitby Goth Weekend)

May 1, The Cluny, Newcastle, UK (with Rhombus)

July 3, The Prince Albert, Brighton, UK (Last Cry 30th Anniversary)

August 28, Leiria Castle, Leiria, Portugal (Fadein Festival)

October 30, Theater Meißen, Meißen, Germany (Celtic Emotions 2015)

October 31, UfA Fabrik, Berlin Germany (Celtic Emotions 2015)


More dates for the UK, Germany, Poland and Slovenia to be announced soon.

Follow Jordan on Songkick for notifications


The world of online performance is huge. Performers from all over the world broadcast their gigs live via webcam platforms and virtual realitites. This is a how to on attending a show in Second Life. From my 5 plus years of performing on verious platforms online, Second Life as it has by far the strongest music scene and community of all the platforms – as well as performers from all over the world.

1) Installing the Second Life Viewer

The first step into the virtual reality of SL is downloading the Second Life browser software. The software requires quite a high spec graphics card and computer, so if you aren’t sure if your computer is up to speed, check the system requirements here

To install the software, head to Second and click on the big orange “join now” button at the top right of the screen. Clicking on it will take you to a page where you are asked to chose an avatar. There are various groups of avatar kinds from vampires to boats to librarians. Don’t worry too much about which one you chose because you can change them later.

Once you have selected an avatar, you will be asked to choose a name. After chosing a name, you will be asked your real life name, email address date of birth and so on. This is an annoying feature now required by law to get “verified” for sims that require you to be over 18.

Once you have entered your details, click on “create account”. You will then be asked what kind of account you want. Select “free”. A dialog box will open asking you to save the second life software someplace on your computer. Save the software someplace where you know where it is, then, once it is downloaded, double click on it to install it.

2) Verifying your Account

After you enter your data and install the software, you will receive your email asking you to activate your account, click on the link in it (it should open Second Life for you, which looks like the image below).

At the bottom right, enter your avatar name and password and log into Second Life. Your avatar should “rez” (appear) on your screen in the virtual world of Second Life. This is the welcome island, and this is your first day as a Second Life resident.

3) Finding your way round

While you are on the welcome island, it helps to figure out how to do a few key things: walk, fly, chat, search and teleport – you will need these skills for just about everything you do inworld.

Walking: The arrow keys on your keyboard will make your avatar move forward or backwards. If you find her/ him /it leaping into space, use your mouse to click anywhere in the main viewing area, then use the arrow keys again.

Flying: on the bottom, someplace in the middle, is a button called “move”. If you click on it, you will see little icons. The one on the far right is the “fly” icon. Clicking on it will make your avatar spread its arms and hover. Use the arrows near the “fly” icon to go up or down.

Chat: there is always a chat window on the far left at the bottom, though how to access it varies slightly from viewer to viewer. In the new viewer (December 2011 release) you will need to click on the “chat” icon (bottom far left) to make the chat textbox appear. By clicking the triangle on the right of this box, you get a larger chat area which is easier to use. You will see what anyone else in the area says via this box, and you can chat in it yourself by typing and hitting return.

Search and teleport: “Search” is found on the column of icons on the far left hand side of the SL viewer. It is shaped like a magnifying glass. Click in the magnifying glass and a dialog box that looks something like a web browser will open on your screen. At the top there is an area that says “search”. Down the left hand side are some tabs, which are like “types” of listing – there is events, people, shopping, ect. Search is the cornerstone of life in SL, especially in the music scene. It is where you can search for places to explore, eg: haunted forest, or something and also, most importantly, where you search for gigs.

4) Searching for Gigs

You can hunt for gigs by venue or by person. For example, try typing the name of a musician in the search then hitting return (if you don’t have friends playing in SL already, you can use mine – just “jordan” will actualy do but my full name in Second Life is “Jordanreyne Deezul”). You should get a list of results which will be a mix of events, possible people matches and so on. To narrow that list down, hit the “events” tab to the left. Your display will then hone in on the results where anyone with that name is playing a concert (if you used my name, usually it will be me. Unlike real life, there are not so many musicians called Jordan in SL).

  • Attending gigs

You can attend events by clicking on the event listing. Clicking on it will display a more detailed listing with several buttons on the bottom including one that says “teleport”. Clicking on teleport will whisk your avatar off to that place. You will probably land a little way from the show and have to walk a bit to get there, so many people prefer to message freinds in Second Life that they know are at the show and ask for a direct teleport. Most musicians are busy messing around with other things so won’t be able to teleport you, but most also have bookers and managers you can ask. My manager in SL is Sparkie Cyberstar. Messaging Sparkie will get you a teleport. The other way is to sign up to the group for musicians you like. Before a gig, the performer sends a message to everyone in the group telling them they are about to play. They also open up a chat window to everyone in the group and offer teleports. My group is “the darkness of Jordanreyne Deezul” and you can find it in search and join.

Some more great Indie/ originals Musicians to get you started:

Pol Arida (UK). A passionate and political musician with an amazing guitar style and vocals.

Liz Aday (Australia). Another serious innovator who plays Guitar, sampler, loops, vocals.

The Follow (USA). Vocals, guitars, bass and drums.

Neal Hoffman (UK). Guitar and vocals.

Sky Galaxy (USA). Piano, samples and vocals.

Guitar Zane (USA). Guitar and vocals.

Dragonfly (Canada). Electric guitar, samples, vocals.

6) HEARING Your First SL Gig.

To actually hear anything, you will have to click on the “play” triangle in the top right of your browser window to hear the music (where it is does vary from version to version). If at first it doesn’t work, toggle (ie turn press it again to stop it, then a third time to start it again). Sometimes you have to toggle a few times before the music will kick in. If it still doesn’t, click on the cog just below the triangle. This brings up a series of faders and you can check that none of them are on zero.

Chances are, people will say hi in the chat when you arrive, so watch the chat (bottom left) for anyone addressing you. You can ask for help if you don’t hear anything. Once you can hear, sit back, feel welcomed and enjoy.



Trouble Running Second Life

The key issue in being able to run SL is usually your graphics card. If you aren’t sure how to find out what kind of graphics card you have – try this:

Go to the bottom right of your computer where it says “start”. Click on start, then “all programmes” and slide your mouse over to the left hand column to where it says “control panel”. Select that, then find “system”. Click on “system” and a dialog box will open. One of the tabs ner the top of that dialog box will say “hardware”. Click on that tab. You will then see an image near the top, with a button to the right just underneath it. It should have the words “device manager” on it. Click that, and a list will appear with all the hardware your computer has.

On this list will be “graphics cards” with a small plus sign next to it. Click on the plus sign and the details of your graphics card will appear. For more info on the graphics card you can right click on it’s name and select “options” which will give you further detail.

If your computer meets the minimum graphics specifications laid out in the system requirements list, then we can head straight on over to the Second Life website and download the software. If you still aren’t sure, then just try downloading it anyway – sometimes the best was to find out is by just giving it a try.

Trouble Hearing Audio

If you hear the music stutter, it may mean your own connection isn’t fast enough to keep up. You need a fast and constant connection speed in order to play or listen online. I recommend a hard wired connection always, as wifi is prone to bursts of high speed followed by periods of low speed which can interfere with your broadcast, or a broadcast you are listening to.




5 Epic King Missile IV prize packs to be won

Epic Pale Ale 4 Pack - SideWe’re most pleased to announce that we have five rather Epic prize packs to give away to one lucky person in each centre who buys themselves a pre-sale ticket to King Missile IV before the show.

Buy a ticket to the shows in Auckland, Napier, Wellington, Dunedin or Christchurch and you could win:
A brand new King Missile IV t-shirt
A copy each of the unreleased new King Missile IV and LoveyDove CDs
Dan West “Does It Suit You?” CD
Psychic Maps ‘”1st (Second) Lo-Fi Record” CD
Vorn “More Songs About Girls and the Apocalypse” CD
A.J. Sharma “You Are a Traveler” CD
Dance Asthmatics “Liquid Lunch” cassette single
AND a 4-pack of super tasty Epic Pale Ale
Basically, you’re winning music from every band on the tour.
***How to win: Buy a ticket before midday on the day of your chosen show, and then email Renee: with your name and ticket number.
***We’re extending this prize offer to the good people who’ve already bought tickets: again, email: with your name and ticket number.
***We’ll email the winner.
***Get tickets here:

King Missile poster tour final 339Thursday 12th February – Kings Arms, Auckland – King Missile IV plus LoveyDove, Dan West and Psychic Maps

Sunday February 15 – The Cabana, Napier –  King Missile IV plus LoveyDove, Dan West and Golden Curtain

Wednesday 18th February – Bodega, Wellington King Missile IV plus LoveyDove, Dan West and the Vorn band

Thursday 19th February – Chick’s Hotel, Dunedin – King Missile IV plus LoveyDove, Dan West and A.J.Sharma

Friday 20th February – Churchill’s, Christchurch King Missile IV plus LoveyDove, Dan West and The Dance Asthmatics