Straitjacket Fits announce Melt (Reissue)


A very timely reissue of this classic slice of New Zealand indie-rock, and with the band performing dates in Aotearoa and Australia, there's no time like now to (re)discover the greatness of Straitjacket Fits.

A bit of background: It’s 1990 and the Straitjacket Fits are well on their way to conquering the world. The band of Shayne Carter, Andrew Brough, John Collie and David Wood are at peak songwriting and on performance fire. Some say they are the best band in the world. Flying Nun Records in New Zealand knows it and Arista Records agree and sign them for the rest of it.

It’s time to make a new record. Gavin MacKillop is recruited as producer, and Airforce in Auckland, New Zealand chosen as the studio. The result is Melt, a loud guitar complex thing dominated by Shayne Carter’s amplified and distorted guitar vision given light fop pop relief by Andrew Brough.

Melt is an album full of igneous rock majesty. Carter’s ‘Bad Note for a Heart”, “Headwind”, “A.P.S”, “Roller Ride” and “Cast Stone” are all abstractly chiseled boulders of guitar rock greatness and amongst Straitjacket Fits finest work. Andrew Brough’s gem like contributions, “Down in Splendour” and “Hand in Mine”, offer another perspective on another scale. These polished pieces of translucent sparkle are complete in themselves as high pop art and as needed balance and contrast to the monumental crush of Carter's work.

Let us remember that Straitjackets Fits were a band. A band at it’s very best on this album, Melt. As well as writing the songs Carter and Brough are very fine singers and guitarists mutually contributing to each of the songs on the album. At their best the interplay is seductive and key to the creative success of the album. Throughout, the rhythm section of Collie and Wood hold it all together at the heart of the musical maelstrom. Melt is the work of a band at its collective creative height.

Reissued for the first time, Melt is a available on Vinyl LP and CD.


1. Bad Note for a Heart / 2. Missing Presumed Drowned / 3. Melt Against Yourself / 4. Headwind / 5. Down in Splendour / 6. A.P.S. / 7. Quiet Come / 8. Such a Daze / 9. Skin to Wear Hand in Mine / 10. Roller Ride / 11. Cast Stone

Raiza Biza shares 'Trouble' featuring Oddisee and Zenyth


Back on the scene with a brand new bag, Raiza Biza is proud to share a second track off his upcoming album Bygones, due out Friday 4 October on Low Key Source.

Listen to ‘Troublehere, a powerful collab with Sudanese-American artist Oddisee and Jamaican dancehall artist Zenyth, unpacking the harsh socio-political realities of the world we face today. Through heavy words, they ask, who will save humanity from itself? The track premiered last night on Bonafide.

“The more things change, they stay the same. It's an old cliche but when I make records like these I am reminded of how true that is. The story of the diaspora is something I always go back to, so being able to get Oddisee on the track, who is very familiar with this was the perfect way to finish this track off,” says Biza.

Following the release of ‘Stolen Youth’, Biza’s first tasting of solo music in two years following his collaborations with Melodownz, Illbaz (High Beams), REMI, Black Milk (Black Hole Sun), Estére (Tokoloshe), and Jon Toogood’s The Adults (Haja), Biza is just getting started on a new chapter in his career and vision; finding a new freedom in the sound.

Listen to ‘Trouble’ (feat. Oddisee, Zenyth):

Speaking with a sense of urgency in his flowing baritone voice, his work has always carried a socially conscious heart, backed up by honest storytelling and captivating jazz/soul infused production as the aura to his words. Biza’s new material follows a new sound arch, and with those changes comes a newly found freedom.

A humble titan within the antipodean isles and Aotearoa’s underground scene, Biza has firmly planted roots, supporting the up-and-coming generation of local MCs and hip-hop producers. As the hearty driving force behind AmmoNation, Biza believes in the power of community and the sharing of knowledge.

A voice from within the African-South Pacific diaspora, Biza has strived to bridge the gaps of understanding and preservation of his experience in New Zealand, while also supporting his fellow artists on the same mission.

It all started with a dream.

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Makeshift Parachutes share 'Be Kind, Rewind'

Makeshift Parachutes Be Kind Rewind

Auckland-by-way-of-Austin quartet Makeshift Parachutes have today revealed a trippy new single ‘Be Kind Rewind’. A swirling soundscape of frenetic and frenzied guitar lines and strong melodic bends, the new track comes off their forthcoming album, slated for release in late 2019. 

Listen to ‘Be Kind Rewind’Spotify / iTunes / Apple Music

Makeshift Parachutes consists of friends Sharif O’Connor (guitar and keys), Daniel O'Connor (bass and vocals), Chris McCollum (lead vocals and guitar) and Arthur Brewer (drums and keys). Formed in a wine cellar somewhere in the depths of Austin’s City Limits, the psychedelic quartet began piecing together their electric live show and having fun with effects and gear along the way. When the O’Connor brothers returned home to Aotearoa in 2015, McCollum and Brewer followed, and the rest is history. Earlier this year, Makeshift Parachutes have shared singles ‘The Hole’ and ‘Ferrari Gosling’.

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