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Sunday17 February 2013

Flying Nun and Arch Hill Recordings Afternoon Grill

at Kings Arms, 59 France Street, Newton
Flying Nun & Arch Hill Afternoon Grill

Snapper
Street Chant
Solid Gold Hell
Ghost Wave
Transistors
Surf Friends

No more messing around! Hail the return of Peter Gutteridge and Snapper! Peter and his buddies (and possibly some surprise guests) hit Auckland for the first time in a long time. Full band in effect. Dunedin reviews report they are in fine form.

Joining them will be the return of Solid Gold Hell - last seen over a year ago at the Flying Nun 30th anniversary celebrations. Also on the bill are Street Chant - fresh from Laneway, Transistors, Ghost Wave and Surf Friends.

Two stages. Six bands. Afternoon good times.

About Street Chant: Auckland-based nu wave, grunge three-piece. Formerly known as Mean Street. The massive track Yr Philosophy is arguably the biggest local single of the year. They've already toured NZ with their spiritual antecedents The 3Ds and were hand-picked to play around Australia with The Dead Weather.

Since Surf Friends formation in early 2009 songs have flowed blending the early indie sounds of Flying Nun bands such as The Clean with new experimental waves of No Age and Deerhunter. Surf Friends are driving a new alternative sound. Surf Friends are Brad Coley (guitar, vocals, keys, harmonica, drum machine), Pete Westmoreland (bass, keys, vocals). Two bandmates with a massive sound. Surf Friends have often been compared to Joy Division and New Order. Whilst they happily bounce along with dancebeats not unlike New Order, they also share the darkness of Joy Division or Suicide. The immense energy from their live show of reverberating guitars, bass, synth keyboard and looped samples have been wonderfully captured on this new album. After releasing their self-titled EP last year that took the lads to Wellington, Surf Friends followed it up with a full New Zealand tour in December 2009 with American indie rockers The Black Watch. 2010 has seen them working hard recording their debut album, honing their live show and releasing, no less than four singles to radio in anticipation for the new album. All have received good radio air play on the B-Net stations and Kiwi fm. Success has also been enjoyed on the Kiwi fm Top Ten with 'Your On My Mind' reaching the number three spot.

They have been together for nearly five years in their current incarnation after getting together at Rangiora High School. The band is comprises of drummer/singer Olly Crawford-Ellis, guitarist/singer James Harding and bassist Colin Roxburgh. They play loud fast power pop/punk music with an emphasis on super high energy that is powered by Demon Killa Cola endorsed drumming and loud guitars.

They are mainly influenced by 60's garage, 70's power pop and punk and 80's hardcore and alternative rock.

The Transistors try and play as regularly as possible around town and around the country when possible, with the philosophy of playing pretty much any show that’s offered because it’s all good experience.

So far Transistors have been lucky enough to tour the country with The Mint Chicks, The Datsuns, Pierced Arrows and more. Last year they recorded their debut album Shortwave with the legendary Bob Frisbee at his studio in Auckland.
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