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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

Mermaidens share new single 'Millennia'

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Mermaidens reveal a soft, pastel-infused dreamscape in their video for new single ‘Millennia’, that premiered with Undertheradar earlier today. Watch the official music video here, directed and produced by Tom Mannion and Caity Moloney, a filmmaking duo known as Lazy Susan.

“Everything is on spinning platforms, and the video eventually reveals that this woman and all her masks are on display too,” says co-frontperson and bassist Lily West. The circling visuals feel forced from reality, as the character contemplates life in an overly constructed dream world that cycles through different personas this character has created for themselves.

“Millennia is a deadpan dig at the masks we wear. I wanted us to explore the mess of feelings around that twisted meeting of media and identity and how it can create such a warped sense of reality. There’s an implication that we can’t be successful without this system, despite it not being that much good for anybody. The song is a big faker too - it's all pep and pop hooks, but it's a sad story. The title is a personal joke about feeling old at 25, it was always meant to be the temporary title as it’s not exactly subtle. But after recording, when the song turned out to be so melodramatic, it stuck.”

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Pre-order the limited edition gatefold pressing of Look Me in the Eye (dreamy blue vinyl) via Mermaidens’ Bandcamp and go into the draw to win Moon Cycle, a custom effects pedal made by kiwi amp-creator, Emerald Rose.

Out September 6th on Flying Nun Records worldwide

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Purple Pilgrims share 'Love in Lunacy (Saturn Return)'

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Celestial sisters Purple Pilgrims have today, shared a new track ‘Love In Lunacy (Saturn Return)’ off their upcoming album Perfumed Earth, out August 9th on Flying Nun Records. ‘Love In Lunacy (Saturn Return)’ is Valentine and Clementine Nixon’s procession into cosmic melancholy, as free falling vocal layers, swooning synthesizers and wandering bass guitar lines meld into this lush, otherworldly track. Beguiling, ghostly harmonies overlap while steady percussion lulls listeners into a ruminating hypnosis. 

The video sees the pilgrims meditations reaching levitational states, adrift on the monochrome grain of volcanic sand and black and white Super 8 film, windblown and fluid amid a haunting backdrop of undisclosed magic landscapes. Directed and edited by Gary War, the accompanying visuals are described by the sisters as “a quiet reflection on paradigm shifts, and gravitational forces both planetary and introspect.”

The making of Perfumed Earth saw Purple Pilgrims return to the birthplace of their debut record Eternal Delight, where the isolationist sisters assembled a community of collaborators (both in person and remotely) to weave together the 9 track record from the forest sanctuary of Tapu, on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula. Out of this pastoral solitude was born an album a world unto itself. Mixed by Thomas Healy, with bass/synths from Gary War, experimental saxophone from Jeff Henderson, live drums from Jimmy Mac, guitar fuzz from Joshua Kennedy, as well as an appearance from six-string expressionist Roy Montgomery, Perfumed Earth is an inspired fusing of creative touchstones to achieve a singular, stunning vision.

Perfumed Earth is out August 9th on Flying Nun Records. 

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