About the Bill Direen tour – and a beautiful poster

Powertool Records December 2012

The InBilders tour poster 300die Club‘s next session is next Thursday December 13 at UFO. We also have Bill Direen’s full tour dates on our Gig Guide; and Gold Medal Famous play Palmerston North and Napier this weekend.


Indie Club December 13We think this poster is just gorgeous – well
done Tommy Maitai (9 years old!)

Join us for the show:
The Indie Club with Bluebird Avenue, Come Down Kid and special guests – Thursday December 13, UFO, 11 Veronica St New Lynn. $10 plus a free CD.

Check out Come Down Kid on Bandcamp here.

Visit Bluebird Avenue here.


Gold Medal Famous continue their North Island tour this weekend in Palmerston North and Napier.

Friday 7 December, Palmerston North – The Royal with Bottle Kids and Given Names
Saturday 8 December, Napier– The Cabana with Old Man’s Beard and Ninja Monkey
Friday 14 December, Wellington– Mighty Mighty supporting The Drab Doo Riffs

Have a listen here to their new album craftily titled ‘100% Pure’.


If you would like to book a place in our weekly Indie Club lineups, please email Renee: powertoolrecordsnz1@gmail.com
And for music fans, if you live in the West Auckland vicinity and want to see new bands close to home, we have you covered!

Bulletholes 4: Exploring the Unknown – 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.
Have a listen to Exploring the Unknown.

Powertool Records

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 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 aamaitai@gmail.com

Check out our Catalogue.

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