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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LA THOMPSON

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LA has 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.
LA’s new song “Don’t take me back” is her personal focus along with music video production. LA also known as Shirley to friends and family is the Founder and Manager of our nationwide project Local Musicians Music promoting NZ Music along with her more recently formed Nationwide music club “The LMM Club”.

Learning to navigate the ever changing internet and commercial radio station’s criteria has been a huge undertaking that has been met with interest from a number of songwriters, producers and music directors throughout New Zealand.

LA is winding up her summer tour to take on a management role for a valued fellow artist and to continue to grow her nationwide promotions business and The LMM Club.

LA has an extensive CV with a history of performances at Brew Craft Beer Pub Tauranga and Rotorua, The Limeroom and Cabana in Pauanui, The Pour House Hahei, Manaia Cafe & Bar Tairua, Junction Thames, The Peppertree and Mussel Kitchen in Coromanddl, Brew-craft beer pub Tauranga, 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.

LA enjoyed her days as vocalist for original/covers band Road to Amber, The Collective along with acoustic duo LA Thompson and Chris Barclay and girl band Lace. LA enjoys a busy solo career.

You can now purchase LA’s songs on iTunes and direct from Local Musicians Music website. For a full compilation CD of LA’s work email her direct on shirley@localmusicians.co.nz.

Janne Guitargirl column in Sunlive – Spotlight 2017

LA Thompson has been writing and performing her own music from the age of three.

She has been a vocalist in original/covers band Road To Amber, and performed with all-girl band Lace. LA and Chris Barclay form their Dynamic Duo, and LA enjoys a busy solo artist career, performing at many local and national venues, including more recently The Limeroom and Cabana in Pauanui, The Pour House in Hahei, Manaia Cafe & Bar in Tairua, The Peppertree and Mussel Kitchen in Coromandel, The Brew Craft Beer Pub in Tauranga, and in Auckland at The Dog’s Bollix, Civic Theatre, St James, The Occidental, and the Transmission House, playing a mix of originals from her album ‘New Sun Rising’, and covers.

LA (also known as Shirley to her friends) is the founder and manager of Local Musicians Music, and formed The LMM Club late last year.

LA is currently on tour around NZ, performing her songs, and also working hard to promote and set up The LMM Club to help other singer-songwriters and musicians follow her lead and share their music around the country, promoting original songs and NZ covers.

Come along and hear LA perform at the Brew Craft Beer Pub on the Strand on Saturday 4 March 2017 from 4pm til 7pm.

 Globalrockstar fans write

“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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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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CHRIS BARCLAY

Songwriting has enabled Chris to revolve around guitar virtuosity and  still retain the typical formula of a pop song. Chris says, “The Guitar guides my voice”. The pentatonic scale is the pop songwriters vehicle of choice, and Chris employs this introducing the modal approach to give extra colour.

Chris was influenced by many of the 80s rock virtuoso’s who used this technique to build tension in the guitar solo or music. Chris identifies “Surfing With an Alien” by Joe Satriani as a major influence. Chris also frequently uses blues, pentatonic and chromatic runs in his playing. Chris says “I am definitely influenced by the great white blues guitar players who were influenced by some of the early black blues players.”

Chris has a enjoyed nearly a decade performing for Art Exhibitions and Weddings. Having worked in several covers bands including Nstinct with LA Thompson and later acoustic duo when their band broke up. With performances at Transmission House and The Occidental Chris is well equipped to handle any gig from a small intimate party to festival.

In 2012 Chris won the Guitarshop TV artist video competition with his song ‘I Won’t Fade’.

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KARA GORDON

Kara Gordon is a force to be reckoned with on the local and international scene. Kara has opened and played for many amazing acts over the course of his career. Ozzy Osbourne, Joe Satriani, Glenn Hughes, Elton John.parliament and Slash are some of the great artists Kara has had the privilege and pleasure of performing alongside.

Kara has toured New Zealand, Australia  and Europe with Alabama 3, throughout NZ and Australia as part of the Fly My Pretties tour. He recently released his own blues EP produced by Barnaby Weir (The Black Seeds) and was joined by Nick Reynolds (Alabama 3) on harmonica. Kara is currently working on another album with his band the wreckage.

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RON CRIBB

Ron Cribb is a talented Singer/songwriter and recording artist from Auckland, New Zealand. Having been born and raised in the King Country on a sheep and cattle farm in a small but quaint town called Taumarunui, Ron Cribb attributes his love for song from his humble upbringing in the country lifestyle. Ron comes from a large family of 14 and has been surrounded by the rhythms of nature.

Ron Cribb has a great ear for song writing. He has the determination to express himself in music in a way that captures the heart and paralyses the soul. As an up and coming artist Ron is totally focused on earning the respect of a loyal fan base, and at the same time break into the local and international music market.

Ron Cribb’s music is a blend of melodic and harmonic strains with no boundaries to genre fusion. His expression conveys in his music what he deems mature pop, delivered in a palatable manner. Ron’s style is a blend of genres consisting of pop, light rock and R n B.
Ron Cribb likes to challenge himself to better his craft at all times. Having tried his hand at media exposure for the likes of appearing on “Homai Te Paki Paki,” Maori TV 2010, also having won “The Singing Bee” TV2 back in 2009. Ron has won various singing competitions over the years. Ron is also an active member of the country music club circuit. Ron has also had the opportunity to perform at various major outdoor live events  e.g “Pasifika Festival 2012“, the “Grey Lynn Festival 2013 and local xmas outdoor festivals and fundraiser events.

Ron has finally channeled his calling into the realms of becoming a serious singer/songwriter and recording artist of late. His new debut single and Music Video called “This Could Be The Night” features Chikonabz a talented young female singer from Britain. Ron is making his mark as an artist determined to create his own brand.

Currently Ron is an active Member of The LMM Club which is the brain child of Shirley Howe also a singer/songwriter, her music name is LA Thompson. Shirley has helped give Ron a platform to showcase his own original Kiwi music. The club is dedicated to helping Kiwi artists perform their own penned material and gives opportunities to sing and perform covers of other well known Kiwi artists. Giving exposure as well and helping to build a good profile base.

Ron is not phased by conforming to current trends in music but being totally immersed in his own delectable style which he very strategically manages to cater for all age groups and cultures.

Ron’s main influences are Michael Jackson,  John Legend, Ed Sheeran. Adele, Ronan Keating, Celine Dion, Tina Turner, the late Whitney Houston, Dave Dobbin, Sons of Zion, Ardijah, Aradhna, Adeaze, Ria, Stan Walker, Savage Garden, Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac, Brian Mcknight, and the list goes on.

 

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THE GRACIOUS DEVIANTS

The Gracious Deviants are an acoustic group based in Wellington, New Zealand. As well as a reasonably accurate description of the band’s personalities, “Gracious Deviants” is in fact an anagram of “voices and guitars”.

Their sound is pure, unadorned acoustic pop music heavy with harmony and steeped in the traditions of the great New Zealand singer/songwriters of the last thirty years. Their repertoire consists entirely of original material – songs about relationships, about love at every stage from the unrequited to the happy couple, from the first spark to the dying embers.

Old friends from way back, Pete and Darrel finally sat down and decided to write their own material after years of playing other people’s. Their first live performance together as the Gracious Deviants was a last-minute leap of faith at Henrietta Ford’s Stagecoach Open Mic Night at the Blue Note in Wellington using borrowed gear. Since then they have been catching the ears and eyes of Wellingtonians with their distinctive songs, the lyrics simple and relatable but never plain. Their performances have reminded audiences that music in its most stripped-down form- homegrown, acoustic, and entirely original- can be the most refreshing and novel.

Darrel and Pete are both strong singers, alternating lead vocals in their songs. Neither profess to be “lead guitarist” either, they prefer to accompany themselves with a more egalitarian, rhythmic interplay between their two acoustic guitars. Their goal in every performance is to come across as more than just three people, the sum far greater than its

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NATE KRUSE

NZ singer/songwriter Nate Kruse writes and performs pop rock and acoustic music as a soloist. Born in 2001 and coming from a town in rural South Auckland, Nate has wanted to pursue his music career ever since he was 9 after performing his first cover in his primary school talent quest. From then on his inspiration for writing music has always been his main priority.

Finding his own style of music that is different from the other artists but a style that could catch attention from different types of people has been his main focus. He has noticed an increase in electronic music which he enjoys, but he misses hearing music that consists of real guitars and drums.

Nate believes everyone has the chance to do something better than it has already been done before. He hopes to grab many different people’s attention and wishes that they can feel all of the emotions that he writes with.

As Nate pursues his solo career, he also performs as a lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist in a band of four; Mind Over Matter. His experience as part of the band has revealed his true passion and clarity that his future will be in music. The joy and inspiration people get from listening to good music is something Nate revels in and aspires to make a positive difference in people’s lives.

Nate is currently working towards releasing a few 2017 singles as well as an E.P album.
 

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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FRANKENCOPTER

Frankencopter are a 4 piece Rock band that explode on stage with Blues Brass and Balls! Inspired by the super rock and pop sounds of the seventies, they are a melding of AC/DC and Led Zeppelin performed by the love child of David Bowie and Tom Petty! Our songs vary in tempo and character, some are a mix of funk, jazz and blues, others clearly Rock that grinds close to Heavy Metal. A unique sound with plenty of bluesy Sax and formidable Guitars, all backed up by the tightest Bass and Drum sound this side of the Mississippi!

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Great for a party – when Frankencopter rocks out, you just wanna dance!

Cath Vincent

Outstanding sound and extremely entertaining. Their covers are so good (true to the originals, whilst making them their own) and their originals I’ve heard absolutely rock!! If you’re looking for a great band for a great event, then Frankencopter should be your first call. Brilliant!
Andrew Vesey
Great band with a fantastic collection of rock classics and some original songs. Heard them last week again. A must see.
Shane
I have had the pleasure of being at two of Frankencopter’s performances and they are fantastic! No matter what type of music you like, when Frankencopter play, you just want to get up and dance! These guys are top quality, professional and talented, with a wide musical repertoire that encourages positive expression from an audience. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Frankencopter for your next event.
Marion Jackson
Frankencopter

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