Announcing Bulletholes 4: Exploring the Unknown

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Powertool Records October 2012

Powertool Records is proud to present ‘Bulletholes 4: Exploring the Unknown’ – the New Zealand roadshow.

We’re heading down the North Island this week – touching down in Wellikngton, Wanganui, Matsreton and Palmerston North.

The roadshow
An excitingly mixed bag of Powertool Records’ artists are heading to a venue near you this October on the ‘Bulletholes 4: Exploring the Unknown’ album release roadshow. Exploring the unknown (and the known) will be Changing Same (Matthew Bannister, ex-Sneaky Feelings), Sandra Bell, Come Down Kid, Nick Raven, Brother Love, Peter Gutteridge, Malcontent, Dragstrip, Cat and Sock, Vorn and Gold Medal Famous will be traversing the length and breadth of New Zealand, in various formations at each show.

The tour covers 11 dates and 10 towns across 2 countries, kicks off at Raglan’s famous Yot Club on Friday October 12 – bringing Changing Same, Sandra Bell, Come Down Kid and Nick Raven to the seaside – and finishes on the other side of the world, in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Entry to each show is only $10, or $20 with a copy of the rather attractive CD.

The album
Groundbreaking compilation ‘Here Come the Bulletholes’ came out in 2003, and while it wasn’t the first release on Powertool Records, it was undoubtedly the launching pad for what has become one of NZ’s finest underground indie labels. Hailed as “a great slice of the Auckland music scene” (The Press), it captured an exciting time and some great songwriting, with tracks by local heroes Mary, Cabbage Bomber, the Demi Whores, Voom and Rainy Days to name but a few.

Powertool Records has now reached number 4 in the critically acclaimed series, and 11 years on, with ‘Bulletholes 4: Exploring the Unknown’, the horizons have expanded considerably. In addition to an abundance of local tracks, the album showcases some of the international artists who have joined the Powertool Records family. Attics and Cellars (Jason Zumpano from Zumpano, Destroyer, Sparrow…), Rough Church, The Black Watch and Azalia Snail hail from the ever-expanding USA Powertool roster. New Zealand goodness can be heard from legends such as Sandra Bell, Brother Love, Gold Medal Famous, Vorn, A. J. Sharma and One Man Bannister (ex-Sneaky Feelings’ Matthew Bannister) – plus a whole toolbox more from the length and breadth of the country. And the songwriting remains great.

The album’s title comes from Wellington’s Cat and Sock – their track of the same name aptly expresses the album’s range. Most of these songs are seeing their first release here – but the collection of great tracks on this album means that they surely won’t remain Unknown for long.

Bulletholes 4: Exploring the Unknown tour dates and lineups

Fri 12th October – Raglan, Yot Club
Changing Same, Sandra Bell, Come Down Kid, Nick Raven, Brother Love

Sat 13th October – Auckland, UFO,
Changing Same, Sandra Bell, Malcontent, Come Down Kid, Nick Raven, Brother Love

Fri 19th October – Christchurch, Wunderbar
Brother Love, Sandra Bell, Come Down Kid, Nick Raven

Sat 20th Oct – Dunedin, The Crown Hotel
Brother Love, Peter Gutteridge, Squirm, Sandra Bell, Come Down Kid, Nick Raven

Thurs 25th Oct – Wellington, Medusa
Vorn, Gold Medal Famous, Cat & Sock, Come Down Kid, Dragstrip

Fri 26th Oct – Whanganui, Spacemonster
Vorn, Cat & Sock, Come Down Kid, Dragstrip

Sat 27th Oct – Masterton, The Golden Shears
Vorn, Gold Medal Famous, Cat & Sock, Dragstrip, Come Down Kid

Sun Oct 28 – Palmertson North, Badcave- all ages
Vorn, Gold Medal Famous, Cat & Sock, Dragstrip, Come Down Kid

November – Los Angeles and San Fransisco
– Azalia Snail (Lovey Dovey), Black Watch, Come Down Kid

September 28th
– The Royal, Palmerston North
September 29th – Space Monster, Whanganui

We have over 100 releases under our toolbelts from the likes of Bill Direen/The Bilders, Vorn, Brother Love, Bored Gordon, Infinite Flying Kick, One Man Bannister/The Changing Same (Matthew Bannister, ex-Sneaky Feelings), Robert Scott (The Bats), Sandra Bell, Surf Friends, Gold Medal Famous and many more. Powertool also distributes selected international releases, including records by Rough Church (Greg Franco), Azalia Snail, The Black Watch, Sparrow (Jason Zumpano) and Lord Bishop – many of whom have also toured here.

You can get most of these records – and lots of other non-Powertool music – from our record  store, Alien: 11 Veronica St, New Lynn, Auckland.

UFO is our new venue, with a focus on showcasing great live music – new bands, legends, local and international acts. UFO is situated next door to Alien at 11 Veronica St, New Lynn, Auckland. We have no liquor license, so if you want to drink, it is strictly byo. Indie Club has also relocated to UFO. If you wanna know what’s coming up…. check out the gigs page. We are also hiring UFO as a practise space.We are now taking bookings. Contact: Andrew at

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