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.