Friday, 4 May 2012

New Proton Beast Single, "Hip To Be Square"

PROTON BEAST - "Hip To Be Square"

In celebration of NZ Music Month, seminal Auckland doom band Proton Beast have released their cover of Huey Lewis and the News' "Hip To Be Square".

Originally destined to be on their debut EP cassette 2000 And Blood, the band decided it was best to reserve the cover for a special release. It was felt by the band that "Hip To Be Square" would confuse and water down the apocalyptic themes forged in the EP.

"Listening to the album is an exercise in disbelief." - Ricardo Kerr,

"But also for every "Doing It All for My Baby" (a delightful ode about monogamy and satisfaction) there's a barn-banning blues scorcher number like "Whole Lotta Lovin'," and side one (or, on the CD, song number five) ends with the masterpiece "Hip to Be Square" (which, ironically, is accompanied by the band's only bad video), the key song on Fore!; which is a rollicking ode to conformity that's so catchy most people probably don't even listen to the lines, but with Chris Hayes blasting guitar and the terrific keyboard playing who cares? And it's not just about the pleasures of conformity and the importance of trends - it's also a personal statement about the band itself, though of what I'm not quite sure." - Patrick Bateman, American Psycho

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Simon and The Verlaines

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of going on tour as Simon Comber's drummer, supporting The Verlaines, and Crow. We played one night in Auckland, two nights in Sydney, and two in Melbourne.

The tour was mostly organised by Peter Fenton from Crow. I thought he did a pretty solid job, given the pretty difficult task of promoting and running around after The Verlaines, along with organising his own band.

The Verlaines were a bit shaky on the first couple of shows, but I was startled at how good they sounded by the end of the tour. Graeme Downes still has to be one of the greatest live musicians I've ever seen live.

I relished the opportunity to hang out in the boho suburbs of Newtown and Enmore in Sydney, I'd not given Sydney much of a chance in the past, but it really does have some pretty nice spots.

Thanks to Peter, Simon, and The Verlaines for having me along!

Peter doing his solo thing at the Red Rattler, Sydney. The turnout for this show was pretty slim.

Our amazing accommodation in Sydney, courtesy of Peter's sister. Wow! LOOK AT IT.

Time out: Graeme and Stephen talking shit in Sydney.

Simon Comber's band performing at Spectrum, Sydney.

The Verlaines, Spectrum.

Yah Yah's, Melbourne. This was by far my favourite show of the tour. All the bands played excellently, and there was a really great crowd.

Northcote Social Club, Melbourne. Another great show.

Crow slayed.