Tauranga Music Sux has been putting on generator gigs since 2011 when Blind Lemsip Jefferson, Bob McBob and Prof. Deadaddledbrain first sought out the acoustic comforts of the now infamous TMS Tunnel. In the near 5 years of doing these generator powered guerilla gigs the weather gods have been kind to us with only one event ever being rained out. But today the worm turned and I wonder to you my friends 'What have I done to diservice my master?'...
This years Smoke Free Rockquest national finals are scheduled for the 11th of September at Auckland’s Raye Freedman Centre. The annual event will bring together 6 of New Zealands premier prepubescent college and intermediate bands from across the country to duel it out as to who is the most derivative and identity lacking fad hopping band geek in all the secondary school lands.
I have lived in Tauranga for the largest chunk of my life. I have seen it grow from a sleepy town of around 80,000 people to a sprawling mass of new suburbs and ubiquitous shopping centres. And while hoards of people moving to Tauranga is hardly news worthy those that are moving here are changing.
Nu Metal gets something of a bum rap. Mostly due to the fact that the people playing it were the 90's/00's equivalent of 80's hair metal goons and the fans were predominately meatsacks with baseball caps worn backwards and red Mazda Rotary hoodies engulfing their thick heads. But ya know what? We can run. We can hide from it and our eternal shame but god dammit - that was the last original thing white boys with guitars actually achieved in rock music.
For me commercial radio has long been the equivalent of the slightly off girl we all so precariously hid from at Primary school. Hanging high above on our school desks in fear that we too could be infected with a case of near fatal cooties. Fleeing at the sight of her. And if caught then avoiding her Medusa like cootie gaze and praying foolishly to the hair infection gods to ‘spare us please - ‘cept Robert Foster. He’s a dweeb...’
Friends and family of the bands Liberated Squid, The Prophet Motive, Airs and Disgraces and Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple are readying themselves for another weekend of false platitudes, half hearted excuses and eye darting clock checking.