Tune of the Day
Named one of the thirteen top global divas by MTV Iggy (US), Iva Lamkum has enjoyed critical support here and abroad, including a placement on influential music blog RCRD LBL. Along the way she’s received nominations for not only the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll, but also the Vodafone NZ Music Awards People's Choice award, and chalked up considerable rotate time on radio playlists across the country.
In August 2012, Iva released her debut album Black Eagle, to critical acclaim. Grounded in her rich syrupy voice and sometimes metaphorical, sometimes direct lyrics, Black Eagle consists of a series of deeply personal, yet universally relatable meditations on family, hard-work, internal conflict, the loved and the loveless. Drawing stylistically on elements of roots reggae, folk, rock, funk, indie and beyond, the album repositions Iva, an artist of viewed under a neo soul light, within a borderless musical world.
Co-written and produced by her longstanding musical director Caleb Robinson, the album was recorded between York Street, Trident Studios, The Surgery and Caleb's home studio Base, then mixed by Dr Lee Prebble (The Surgery) and mastered by Mike Gibson. Working with her razor sharp five-piece musical ensemble The Pandas and countless special guests, Black Eagle presents a snappy, picture perfect rendition of her smouldering, emotive live show, whether performing solo with acoustic guitar or in the full flight of band mode.
Iva took her live show international in 2012, performing at festivals in Singapore, Korea, Rarotonga and Australia and in 2013 she performed at some of Europe's biggest festivals. 2013 proved an exciting year for Iva as she toured exclusively throughout the UK & Europe for the most part of the year before returning home at the end of the year to perform at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards and the BW Campground at Gisbourne's Rhythm & Vines festival. 2013 also brought the announcement that she would be teaming up with producers from NY, LA, Berlin & Hawaii to produce her forthcoming second album.
2014 began for Iva with an acoustic performance at Auckland's Big Day Out festival and performing alongside Louis Baker at the Homegrown festival in Wellington. Hitting the road with Six60 for their Australian Tour, this year also saw Iva Lamkum team up with Annie Crummer, Boh Runga, Stan Walker & many others on the charity song Song For Everyone for the For Everyone Charitable Foundation.
November also saw Iva perform at the Samoana Jazz Arts Festival in America Samoa, before joining Hollie Smith, Ria Hall & MC Tali on the stage at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards to perform a tribute to Legendary 'Hall Of Fame' winners Supergroove.
2015 again saw Iva Lamkum begin her year with another performance at Wellington's Homegrown Festival, joining the stage with Six60.
"This record is about...growing up. I think. It's about dealing with your own stuff for once. Accepting responsibility, maybe. It's a self help book addressed to myself.
And just like every other piece of art ever made in history of the hominid, I was going through some shit when I was making it. I'd just left home and everyone I knew, looking to chase a dream. It was an awkward phase, like stage two puberty.
I was learning how to be grown. Humility had my pride in a headlock. I was the old man at the art exhibition, the young boy at the art gallery. Everyone was in a K-hole, I was at K-Mart." - Tom Scott
They toured New Zealand on the Furtive Records "Three Piece Pack" tour. The tour was to be followed by a five track EP, Pyronnists Selections which was to be released on Propeller Records, Furtive's parent label, but the master tape was stolen from the Propeller office and the EP was never released.
In 1983, Skeptics released the EP Chowder Over Wisconsin on Flying Nun Records.
From 1983-1984 they ran their own club, thanks to support from the City Council arts centre, in a former electrical warehouse in Palmerston North. They named the club Snailclamps after a chalk inscription they found in the warehouse, "C164 Snail Clamps". Initially the venue ran as an underage hangout but became a fully licensed venue not long after, until the band decided to pack up and relocate to Wellington.
A cassette named Skeptics Said was released on the now defunct Industrial Tapes label in 1984.
In 1985, the band released an LP, Ponds.
Nominated for ‘Best Electronic Album’ 2009 New Zealand Music Awards
Nominated for ‘The People’s Choice’ 2008 New Zealand Music Awards
Nominated for ‘Breakthrough DJ’ at Breakspoll 2008 (UK)
Hailing from Auckland, Brothers Josh and Luke Purcell met Brendon Spain on the New Zealand DJ circuit and with a mutual interest in producing and DJ’ing electronic music, they eventually conceived Antiform in 2002. Their combined talents have taken them from a release on a local Breakbeat CD to the Hardcore Beats 3 compilation and being nominated for Best Breakthrough DJ at the Breakspoll 2008 awards in the UK, making them the first Kiwis ever to be nominated for this huge accolade.
Antiform's early projects with Auckland’s MC Twincam spawned 'It's All About' which hit number three on bFM’s chart. In 2007 Antiform delivered 'Boombox', the track created major hype with Screwface remixing the tune for Hardcore Beats 3 and was signed by the UK’s biggest Breakbeat label, Hardcore Beats.
Antiform have headlined many major festivals, completed a hugely successful Australasian tour, sold out every party for their single and EP releases and have been playing to swarms of partygoers on the New Zealand tour for ‘Ends of the Earth’ of which they feature no less than three times on the album with ‘Got To Be You’, ‘Grip’ and ‘Crash’. These 3 singles have each proved to be hugely successful worldwide holding top 10 positions in the charts of Amplifier and Beatport.com download websites for months as well as music videos for ‘Crash’ and ‘Got To Be You’ receiving vast amounts of rotation on music TV around the world.
For Antiform performing live in concert was always a major focus of the group since its original conception, bringing their honed studio productions to the stadiums, arenas and clubs to put on a show that is un-paralleled in energy, entertainment and musical mayhem.
“The new Pendulum” – (Rennie Pilgrem)
“Antiform are the bollocks!!!! Their tunes most definitely rock the crowd when we drop them beats” (The Freestylers)
“These guys are like an adrenaline shot into the heart of NuSkool Breaks, bringing tearing vibes and supreme musicality that few can equal!” (Screwface).
The Mint Chicks make spazzy, heavy, poppy music with lyrics about things like sports teams, love, death, obsession, and drug addiction. Turn ons: the Buzzcocks, comic books, A Clockwork Orange, Refused, speedfreaks, Devo, At the Drive-In, Flying Nun Records, Public Image Ltd, bright colours, black, the Beach Boys, Naked Lunch, Slayer ringtones, Pro tools, Miles' electric period, Grand Theft Auto, Black Sabbath, ring mod pedals, psychedelia, Roy Orbison, and the Locust.
Playing packed-out little venues in New Zealand since 2002, the Mint Chicks (singer and wurlitzer piano player Kody Nielson, bassist Michael Logie, drummer Paul Roper and guitarist Ruban Nielson) have climbed all the PA's, back flipped off all the drum risers, bloodied all the fingers, scrapped all the haters, broken all the hearts, ripped all the clothing, bashed all the microphones and smashed all the bottles in preparation for the release of their newest and most exciting record: 'Crazy?Yes!Dumb?No!'.
'Octagon, Octagon, Octagon' came in 2003, the Mint Chicks had just signed to legendary NZ label Flying Nun Records. It's influences were varied and it's local impact was felt immediately, taking student radio by storm with 4 number 1's and 5 'bnet' awards, even though it was only a six-track document of youthful enthusiasm and little bit of home-made inventiveness (the band militantly self produce/engineer their records, do their own artwork and designed their own website). This was the sound of hardcore damaged beyond repair by bubblegum, LSD and artschool.
The following year, after a single on the highly respected Fierce Panda label in the UK (hyped as a 'one minute masterpiece' by Kerrang) they released their second EP: 'Anti-Tiger', which placed even greater emphasis on both the chaotic and the melodic. It was well received, earning four K's from Kerrang, and '9/10' from Blunt magazine.
The year after that, the band had released a couple of EP's and toured New Zealand a trillion times (as well as doing a couple of trips to the US, one to England and half a dozen to Australia, having the good fortune to play support slots for the White Stripes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, and the Blood Brothers). They decided to shut themselves away and try their hand at a long player. They hired a house on a lonely beach in New Zealand's 'far north' (accessible only at low tide) and without as much as an engineer to guide proceedings they churned out 'F**k the Golden Youth'. Not quite the debut anyone was expecting, it has an abrasive sound and was by no means universally praised, but the Sunday Star Times called it 'revolutionary stuff' and Australia's Blunt magazine called it both 'one of the best albums of 2005' and 'pop trying to kill itself in the most sadistic way possible' in the same review.
The Mint Chicks latest record, 'Crazy?Yes!Dumb?No!', sees a few important progressions from the previous records:
Firstly, we find singer Kody Nielson's former disaffected, bratty screech practically smooth to a croon.
Secondly, we find the Nielson brothers songwriting finally in full flight. The Beach Boys have, for the moment, gained the upper hand on the Locust. Does this mean that this new record has seen the Mint Chicks hone their disjointed, noisy assault into an album of shiny pop anthems? Well, in short, yes.
Thirdly, although once again the band have recorded with very little interference from 'grown ups', there are a few exceptions. After the band had been recording and writing for six months in Kody's garage, they went to Chris Nielson (the father of the two brothers in the band) for help. A seasoned musician, Chris helped pull a gem from the quagmire by adding an experienced ear and some much welcome Pro-tools expertise. The Nielson brothers were helped through the mixing process and some additional recording sessions to get the record perfect with their father before handing it over to mastering legend Howie Weinberg in New York (Nirvana, the Mars Volta, Modest Mouse, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs).
Howard Devoto said that Punk was a way of 'trouble-shooting modern forms of unhappiness' and when you listen to the Mint Chicks you'll see they must have taken this to heart in a big way. Kody puts it like this: 'don't cut your wrists, you've got beautiful fists'.
Paul Roper (drums)
Ruban Nielson (guitar)
Kody Nielson (vocals)
Michael Logie (bass)