JUSTIN WILLIAMS

Justin Williams is a lyricist who grew up in the 80’s with a love of writing and music. Kiss and Meatloaf are a couple of his favourite bands. Music always felt part of his soul.

Unfortunately during a singing session at primary school it was pointed out that Justin didn’t have a good singing voice, playing instruments was also difficult but music and songs continued to be played at home.

Through the years he started to pay closer attention to the words his favourite singers put into their songs opening up the sleeve of their latest album releases and following the lyrics as they were sung through the tape machine.

On the last day of his schooling at Hawera High, he picked up a pen and wrote. What came out were some pretty rough lyrics but his passion had been ignited.

As the next few years rolled by more lyrics came and 3 musicians launched themselves to the forefront of Justin’s life. Those lyrics were turned into rough demos  some with a lot of promise and others…..well….

In 1997 Justin stepped back from writing, moved towns embracing new experiences and not a lot of time for writing.

Until one night in August 2016….. Inspired by a dream fifteen years earlier, Justin set to work and after twenty minutes a full set of lyrics were written. The desire had come steaming back.

With a new approach fresh material were being written while the search started for a musician to turn his lyrics into a song. In December 2016 Tobin appeared and that first inspired page of words was developed into “Wash Away”.

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LA THOMPSON

LA enjoys an extensive career in the music industry. Performing and writing her own music from the age of 9. LA has enjoyed a colorful life as a musician and promoter of Indie artists throughout New Zealand through her network The LMM Network and company Local Musicians Music.

Constantly touring LA’s love of live performing include gigs at Croucher Basecamp Tauranga, The Good Home, Blondies Allday, The Limeroom and Cabana in Pauanui, The Pour House Hahei, Manaia Cafe & Bar Tairua, Junction Thames, The Peppertree and Mussel Kitchen in Coromandel, Dogs Bollix, Civic Theater, St James, The Occidental and The Transmission House all in Auckland to name a few of the venues who have enjoyed her mix of original and cover material.

 

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“A real nice singer-songwriter but even more a supporter of other talent. Well done LA Thompson!”

“The things she has done for me and is doing for me, I can’t thank her enough! The support she has given me towards my music and so many others is second to none! What an amazing lady!!”

“Has my vote. She is a top supporter of fellow artists and goes out of her way to put them on the map. Writing good songs too.”

“LA Thompson is a talented musician and songwriter of the highest caliber, and works hard to support all musicians that she encounters in her travels, if anyone deserves this recognition it’s her!”

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MY PENNYWORTH

Paul Hoggard and Penny Rowsell-Hoggard are local singer/songwriters from Aongatete (near Tauranga) who have now been together for about 10 years. During that time they have taken their songs over the length of this country and have toured through UK and Ireland twice whist in between finding time to make 4 albums of their own music. With roots in folk music and in the pop/rock music of the 70’s and 80’s they have settled on a fine mix of songs that take you on journeys, tell stories and provide you with a palette of timbre through change in instruments and rhythms to keep you entertained. Their melody and harmony arrangements will hook and draw you deeper into the songs. At one of these concerts these days you are also likely to hear a couple of cover songs they love and have stood the test of time.

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BRETT HOWES

Brett Howes has written several beautiful heartfelt songs. Two of which are currently being prepared for the filming of his first ever music videos with LA Thompson singing and playing the lead for “Lovelight” and “My Angel”. These songs are not as commercial as “Lonely Jack” or a song written especially for the remembrance of Passchendaele.

Brett is an optometrist by day and songwriter when inspired. Brett works closely with Keyboardist/producer Kevin Crowe and Shirley Howe aka LA Thompson. A planned writing collaboration is anticipated for later this year.

Brett doesn’t have a Facebook page to visit him on but you can see get to know him through the lyrics of his song and if you need a good eye specialist his add is permanently in Whitianga’s local paper The Informer.

THE BRAGG BROTHERS

The Bragg Brothers Band is a 3 piece Indie group based in Nelson New Zealand. Brothers Lou and Chris Bragg formed the band in 2010 and have been playing classic rock on the Nelson pub and club circuit for several decades. The band recently released a 5 track  self titled EP in February 2017, written by both Lou and Chris Bragg and recorded at Bay city sound Studios in Nelson. The band have been working on new songs for a 2018 project which they are very  excited about.

Influences for their band are artists from the 1960s and 70s namely Tom Petty, Dire Straits and Pink Floyd. Band Members are Lou Bragg – lead guitar and lead vocals, Chris Bragg – bass guitar, lead and backing vocals. Karl the Ride Stubberfield – drums and backing vocals.

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HAULT

HAULT
The Band

Hailing from the underground rock scene in Wellington, Hault has recorded the first album of their career, combining metal, heavy rock and psychedelic influences into a pummelling sound that has rocked the Wellington region.

Taking inspiration from the biggest names in rock; Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Tool, Kings X and many more, Hault have spent the past two years perfecting and developing their sound, crushing it into an ensemble of heavy grunge rock guaranteed to destroy stereotypes of standard rock.

Whether in the studio working on new material or on the stage of Wellingtons best venues, Hault have remained devoted to delivering a performance not presently heard from original rock line ups.

The Wellington rock outfit—vocalist and guitarist Mike Cole, bassist Sean Fitzpatrick and drummer Grant Lister —not only know where they’re going, but have a rock solid history that brought them to where they are today. With the coming release of the band’s debut EP, Hault arrives with substance, style and a heaviness that captures their energy, love for great music and commitment to developing a fresh perspective on heavy rock.

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A word from Mike Primalsound

After discovering my passion for guitar at the age of 23 I pretty much became obsessed with trying to create my own style of playing and songwriting.  It is a passion that i still have today.  I have been heavily influenced by the playing of Toni Iommi, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Robbie Kreiger, David Gilmour and many others, the biggest influence would probably come from the underground punk rock scene of the 70’s and 80’s.  What blew my mind about punk rock was the sheer power and simplicity of the songs and playing.

I have been playing in different bands in the Wellington region for quite a while, and it has taken several years to really develop my abilities as a singer/songwriter and guitar player. Time just makes you a better musician but so does playing with other band members. 

Hault came about with myself and Grant Lister, someone who I had played with before in a previous band, After a few jams we knew that we needed a good bass player, someone who could fill in all that empty space. Enter Sean Fitzpatrick.  Sean had replied to an add I had put up and came all the way out to Upper Hutt for a jam. After the first song his playing really impressed me and his sound was huge, this was exactly what we needed for a three piece band.  We have grown and developed a lot as a band and all share the same warped sense of humor. Hault will continue to progress through the ups and downs of this industry.

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PANGELLUCUS

Pangellucus formerly known as The Pan Le Parne and Parnaelle has been performing and recording since 2000. He lived in Auckland for several years busking and selling his first album titled “Pied Piper” which was released on iTunes and Spotify etc in 2013. Pangellucus sold 1,700 physical copies of his first album and hopes to emulate this with his new releases.

2017 was an exciting year with his song entry titled “Nothing Comes For Free” for “Best alternative rock song” competition held in California, 2017. This gave Pangellucus the confidence to approach LA Thompson owner of Local Musicians Music. The LMM Network then invited him to perform in Tauranga and again at their BnB 4 Bands open day held in Tahawai, Katikati earlier this year. Since the formation of a working relationship with LMM he is now on the journey of producing a body of work in readiness for his second album release titled “Holy Grail”

His music is its own stand-alone Rock genre called “Pan Rock” which is a new rock fusion incorporating the pan pipes into a retro old school vibe.

‘Heaven Is A Bliss – Song For Songs” was written in 2018 exploring Heaven and the power of song. Pangellucus is an extremely spiritually motivated songwriter.

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KATHARTICUS

Hailing from Dunedin, Katharticus’ music ranges from Surf Punk to Post Rock and nearly everything between. Their music is typified by melodic feel-good heavy guitar Party Rock songs and tunes with an emotional outpouring of soaring guitars with progressive overtones and deep searching heart-felt lyrics. The trio can be found regularly gigging throughout Otago and Southland.

They released their debut album Katharticus, in early 2010 which contained the singles Kiss Me K8 and Mouvery Shuffle. Katharticus attained album of the week on Kiwi FM in February 2010, with the single Mouvery Shuffle hitting their top twenty and staying in their playlist for nigh on a year. Several tracks appeared on various other radio stations including National Radio, Radio One, Volcano Radio, OAR FM,and Puketapu Radio, not to mention varying assorted overseas radio stations.

This was followed by their second album Metro Angel which was released in late 2013. Their controversial political satire song Happy Place was often aired on the Postman Show and attained international notoriety when it was featured on the infamous American conspiracy journalist’s Vinny Eastwood Show’s Home Page and then on at least a couple of American radio stations. Also the epic 18:46 minute Gypsy Wind was featured in a compilation album alongside songs from the likes Billy T K Senior.

They have recently released their first video clip for a new song; Don’t Blink and are about to release an exciting new single Blow The Comfort Zone, complete with a video clip.

The trio consists of Michael Wingfield (aka Wingi) – Vocals/Guitars/Ukuleles/Keys, Greg Trounson – Bass/Triangle and Craig Whyte – Drums/Cymbals. They exude an infectious attitude of intense fun and passion in their energetic live shows. This was very evident when in early 2015 when the band continued to gig relentlessly despite Wingi breaking his foot which they saw as a golden opportunity to emblazon his plaster cast with the band’s infamous cat logo.

 

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GRUMBLEWOOD

Grumblewood are an accomplished quartet from Wellington and the Kāpiti Coast. Formed in 2016 and influenced by the progressive and folk rock movements of the 70s. Their music blends elements of baroque, jazz, and traditional folk music into a vintage rock setting.
 
With flamboyant flute-work, creative fret-work and complex grooves; Grumblewood craft melodious tales that sound quite unlike what’s usually heard on New Zealand stages.
 
“Saw these guys knock it out of the park last weekend. Great sound, tight performance, real fun to watch and listen to. Would be great to see them again.” – Neil Beales (musician)
 
Grumblewood spent 2017 composing and performing around the Wellington region, and in 2018 they plan to record their debut album.
 
Gav Bromfield – Vocals, Flute, Guitar, Keys
Salvatore Richichi – Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo
Morgan Jones – Bass
Phil Aldridge – Drums

 

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MECUZINE

MECUZINE

“A band for the ages”

Mecuzine is the complete package. A blend of seasoned performers and youthful, exuberant talent combined with brilliant song-writing, subtle arrangements and dynamic performances.

Tony Johns (aka T) the front man, is a singer song writer and modern day storyteller who castes a refreshing new light on issues which seldom attract the spotlight.  With an explosive guitar style and a voice and onstage presence which eminates from the deepest recesses of his soul, T lures you into the passion and the pain. Working with icons of the NZ music industry like Mike Chunn, Bruce Lynch and Don McGlashin, T has had publishing deals,  and has released his songs in every format. As front man and song writer for “BLONDE COMEDY” and “NATIONAL ANTHEM”  he performed in venues of all shapes and sizes, from pubs to concerts, and with artists from the top draw like INXS, SPLIT ENZ, BILLY IDOL, MIDNIGHT OIL and  DIVINYLS.

Tony Lumsden, bass playing supremo and BVs, undoubtably the most internationally significant bass player out of little ol’ New Zealand.  You will never hear him say it, but Tony has played, toured or recorded with rock royalty here and abroad, including: THE CURE, ELVIS COSTELLO, HELLO SAILOR, JANE HELLRIEGEL ANDREW FAGAN, RICKY MORRIS.

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Joseph Johns, son of T, rhythm guitarist and BVs, formerly of “CHILD” and Mike Walsh drummer, ex “EDDIES NECK ROLL” and “FIRST BASE”.  Both of immense talent which, under the steady hands and deep experience surrounding them, will see the cream rise to the top.  And finally, John Beech on keys and other assorted sounds – formerly of “SHADE” and Godfather (“don’t fuck with me”) of the band who lived and breathed the cosmic musical cataclysm of the late 60s and 70s, and claims to be ‘hangin’ in here to make sure the young fellas don’t forget where this all began”.

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