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.

No more to be said!

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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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!

Don’t take our word for it…

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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SCOTT McB

Scott McB is a singer songwriter from Auckland city New Zealand. He has been playing guitar since the age of 15 and more recently a vocalist. Scott has been writing his own material since the age of 16 and continues to develop his craft as a musician.

Growing up, Scott was immersed in music at a young age with his parents being into classical music and also 60s music. Scott exposed himself to lots of different types of music growing up from electronica, reggae, punk, metal and acoustic music.

Scott draws influences from many genres with some not being typical for a singer songwriter. Scott used to play in heavy metal/rock bands that have had professional releases and have been played on many local radio stations such as the Axe Attack and has toured through the North Island.

Scott’s musical goal is to create music that is genuine, honest, and positive which holds some form of feeling or meaning for his listeners. 2018 is an important year for Scott as he plans to release his debut singles and music video’s which contain his most proud and valued work so far in his musical career.

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KAREN DAVY

Karen was born in New Zealand and raised in Browns Bay on Auckland’s North Shore and always wanted to be a singer. She learnt to play the piano and guitar, and during her school years won talent quests for singing and songwriting. To date Karen has won 27 awards for solo, duo, group, & original song.

993 Karen appeared on the Howard Morrison show as Dolly Parton. And joined the Boot Scoot’n Boogie Band.

1995 Karen won the Premier Entertainer of the Year Award. The same year, had the honor of being guest artist at the Trans Tasman Entertainer of the Year on Norfolk Island as Dolly and has since returned three times to perform.

1997 Karen toured Australia with ‘Reflections’ Eddie Low and other top NZ performers.

Karen also performed at the Australian Gimpy Muster and Had sell out shows two years running at Tamworth with Legendary Tony Martin and Steve R Cheney. Karen has had a lot of experience with bands and has played and toured New Zealand, Australia, Norfolk Island and Sung in Las Vegas.

Karen is part of a documentary in the USA called ‘Dream Weaver’

Karen also does a great tribute to ‘Dolly Parton’,’ Stevie Nicks’ ‘Camp Leader’ of the Topp Twins and a comedy skit with her very own character. These shows range from 20mins to 2 1/2 hrs.

In 2008 Karen appeared on TVs “Stars in Their Eyes” As ‘Dolly Parton’

In Dec 2009 Karen set a Guinness world record for marathon singing for 48 hrs. and was appointed an Ambassador for Kidney Kids NZ.

Karen was also awarded the silver scroll award at the Variety artists NZ Benny Awards and nominated top Female vocalist 5 years running.

2011 Karen won the AGNEW award for excellence in music.

Karen currently has a band called ‘Dreams’ The Fleetwood Mac experience. An excellent 3 hour tribute show. She makes all the costumes and this show has now been deemed international standard. She also has a 2hr variety show called ‘Stars’ This fabulous show includes lots of fun, comedy and laughter. Karen teamed up with Ken Strong 4 yrs ago and is part of a successful Duo called ‘Toucan’ (duet Better than one) Traveling the country, their repertoire includes a night of ‘irish’ or ‘rockn’ roll paradise’ or ‘a country hoedown’ or The Dolly Parton Experience or ’70’s plus Pub Rock’ ‘Blue Diamonds’ (blues and light jazz).

Karen has 7 CDs, they are also being played globally. Karen makes all the costumes for every show and the visuals are always spectacular.

Definitely an Act not to miss!

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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JANNE GUITARGIRL

Janne grew up on a farm. Her parents were share-milkers for a while so Janne’ earliest musical influences were listening to what her parents heard on the radio and on records. “They were both fabulous ballroom dancers so that’s where the rhythm came in I guess”. Janne still loves to shake it on the dance floor and can rattle a mean tambourine.
Janne loved music from an early age and got her first guitar when in primary school. Janne remembers cycling to school with the guitar slung across her back. Janne still has that very guitar, with the hummingbird scratch plate.
In high school Janne was a foundation member of the school’s Show Band as was good friend Glenn Carley, they had some fun times playing for school productions. The school had them doing odd jobs to raise money for a canteen to be built and because Janne raised the most money in the school they gave her an amplifier to go with her electric guitar. Janne went along to a local country music club for a while but didn’t like to be limited to just one musical genre.

The electric guitar was sold and the acoustic guitar stored away while her focus shifted to job, husband and children. The guitar had a brief airing for kid’s songs but not too inspired by the wheels of the bus, so back in storage again.

Many years later and single again, Janne picked up her guitar and found that playing and singing helped her through some dark days, it was a great healing therapy. Janne had never tried to write a song before but knew she was good with poetry and harmonies so decided to give it a go.

Janne’s first song was written towards the end of 2009 and many muscian buddies relate when she tells them it was a break-up song. Affairs of the heart do tend to bring out strong emotions to the fore and music is a healthy safe way to express yourself.

One day in October 2011 Janne saw on telly that the cargo ship Rena had run aground on the Astrolabe reef and saw the devastating effect it had on the environment and wildlife. Janne sat down and cried, picked up a pen and paper and in 20 minutes had written the lyrics to Bleeding Oil which now available on YouTube as a fundraiser. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of Kinsella Music studio her song was well-received.

Janne became involved with the Tauranga Acoustic Music Club and has formed friendships from this group that will last a lifetime. The relationships have enabled her to meet people like David Shanhun who listened to her songs and encouraged her to keep writing, Brendan Power who inspired her to pick up a harmonica and Shona Laing. Janne had been a fan of Shona’s from my early days of learning guitar. Little did Janne know back then that she would one day have the opportunity to sing a half hour slot of her own songs as the opening act for Shona’s concert performed in Tauranga. Shona has also been very encouraging of Janne’s songwriting.

Janne has been performing in the Tauranga region in several venues and in different musical combinations over the past few years, mostly garden centres, cafes, restaurants, pubs, retirement homes, at club concerts and music festivals, and more recently at open mic nights. This has enabled Janne to embrace many different musical genres as she loves to play with other musicians with varying instruments.

Janne has continued to write songs and with the release of her single “Seasons” is grateful to be able to meet like-minded musicians to play alongside and help her on her music journey. With the help of The LMM Club Janne has performed regularly at Brew Craft Beer Pub on the Strand in Tauranga and been a guest in Auckland at the Dogs Bollix, The Junction in Thames and will be invited to tour with LA later in 2017. “Thankyou LA Thompson for showing me how to continue to grow as a recording and performing artist.”

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JAMES CORBAN

Born in Tauranga James grew up on semi-rural area on the out skirts of the city. Jame’s has early childhood memories of Sunday mornings listening to his father’s collection of jazz records.

James learned piano to grade 3. He taught himself some contemporary piano tunes he liked. In his late teens Jame’s bought a Neil Young song book and started to learn guitar. Neil is still one of his favorite song writers along with Bob Dylan,  Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and others.

Jame’s enjoys awide range of music. Joe Cocker, The Doobie Brothers, Cold Chisel, Deep purple, Led Zeppelin, U2 are just some of my favorites but he enjoyed all sorts of music from different genre’s.

Playing the guitar and learning to sing meant playing on the street busking was a good place to practice and earn a little money at the same time. With Rhythm and vocals James got together with a like-minded group of friends and formed a band (The Peace Shop) and played around the Coromandel but like a lot of bands we fell apart after one season. It was a great experience as there was 6 of them with 2 girls, so it gave us a lot of versatility and they were able to cover a wide variety of music.

James has always been a keen outdoors man. He believe my passion for nature is reflected in his writing.

James has written songs since he began playing guitar. He see music as an enjoyable way to communicate experiences, feelings, ideas etc. and have fun.

Jame’s favorite music is to create or jam with other like-minded musicians to make spontaneous but tight sounds. Ideally James would like to record his own songs (or yours) with a group of musicians in this way.

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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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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