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NEWS AND FEATURES

Welcome to Flying Nun News. Here you will find interesting music news. Not just about the record label Flying Nun, but also other Aotearoa New Zealand artists, topics and people who we like and think are interesting. Please read on.  

The Story of The Orange's 1986 EP, 'Fruit Salad Lives'

May 20, 2022 Ben Howe

"Andrew Brough had spotted a space in the Dunedin music world for The Orange to manoeuvre into and through, despite it becoming an environment that was becoming nosier, and musically darker..."

The Story Of Garageland's EP, 'Come Back Special'

May 13, 2022 by Roger Shepherd

Roger Shepherd writes about Garageland's beginnings as a self-made band and their fantastic debut EP that established their timeless sound. 

The Story Of Naked Spots Dance 1983 EP, 'New'

May 06, 2022 by Roger Shepherd

The12” EP New is one of the best pure post-punk records to be released in New Zealand. Songs such as ‘South’, ‘New’, ‘Jungles’ and ‘Cha Cha’ are political, intellectual, nervy, rhythmic and brittle.   Of the bands to appear on the **** (Four Stars) album released in late 1980, Naked Spots Dance sound the best and lasted the longest.

Album Review | Melody's Echo Chamber - Emotional Eternal

May 19, 2022 by Milky Joe

Milky Joe reviews the latest album by Melody's Echo Chamber, entitled Emotional Eternal. Joe finds that on the new record the emphasis is on the songs, which are each like little jewels.

Album Review | Wet Leg - Wet Leg

May 13, 2022 by Rachel Andie

Rachel Andie reviews British duo Wet Leg's debut self titled LP.

Album Review | caroline - caroline

Apr 26, 2022 by Callum Campbell

caroline is the self titled debut from the post-rock UK band on Rough Trade Records. Five years in the making, it achieves a level of emotional intelligence that artists spend careers chasing. 

Find New New Zealand Music | Live Indie Bands | Our 50th WWTT? Episode

May 20, 2022 Ben Howe

The Flying Nun Records live music video series What Was That Thing? has just published the 50th episode. This also happens to coincide with the series’ first anniversary. Here is the backstory and some picks from the series. 

What Was That Thing? Watch Grains Perform Pans Live

May 19, 2022 What Was That Thing?

Watch the latest in our music video showcase series, What Was That Thing? Here we have Grains who performed their song, Pans live at the Flying Nun Records shop here in Newtown, Wellington.

What Was That Thing? Watch Dream Chambers perform Patch 3 Live

May 13, 2022 What Was That Thing?

Watch the latest in our music video showcase series, What Was That Thing? Here we have Dream Chambers who performed their song, Patch 3 live at the Flying Nun shop here in Newtown, Wellington.

THE CHILLS ANNOUNCE US TOUR

May 20, 2022 News

The Chills will be touring North America this fall in support of last year's excellent album Scatterbrain. The tour is their first in three years and kicks off with a New York show at City Winery on October 16,

REB FOUNTAIN ANNOUNCES NZ TOUR + SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR 'FISHERMAN'

May 19, 2022 Ben Howe

Reb will be joined on the IRIS tour* by Tāmaki Makaurau Neo-Folk Artist Jazmine Mary (*All shows except Auckland's Elemental Nights).

HELLZAPOPPIN'! A FLYING NUN PARTY AT CHRISTCHURCH ART GALLERY TE PUNA O WAIWHETŪ

May 05, 2022 News

The Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū will be hosting a very exciting free-entry music and art event featuring Flying Nun artists new and old including The Bats and Mermaidens.

ALDOUS HARDING SHARES DELIGHTFUL 'TICK TOCK' VIDEO

May 04, 2022 Hariet Ellis

Today, with the support of New Zealand on Air Music, Aldous Harding shares the official video for her song ‘Tick Tock’. The surreal animated short was directed by Harding and Chris McD, with the latter responsible for animation and design.

SATIN SHEETS DROPS NEW SINGLE 'see/D'

May 19, 2022 By Carla Camilleri

Tāmaki Makaurau-based vaporwave artist, Satin Sheets, has dropped the second single from his upcoming album, St. Francis II.

WIRI DONNA RELEASES HER DEBUT EP 'BEING ALONE' NEXT WEEK

May 18, 2022 News

Te Whanganui-A-Tara based indie riff rock princess, Wiri Donna, will be releasing her debut EP, Being Alone, next Friday the 27th of May.

A NEW REMIXED SINGLE FROM LIAM K. SWIGGS x DEEPSTATE

May 13, 2022 News

Watching The Sky (Liam K. Swiggs Remix) sees the charismatic leader of Ōtautahi's Big Fresh Collective take an otherworldly original and rework it into a 160bpm breakbeat track

ASTA RANGU SHARE NEW SONG 'LLPLZA' + VIDEO

May 13, 2022 News

Today, Asta Rangu share LLPLZA (pronounced Lalapalooza), the third single from their debut album ENTRTNMNT, scheduled for release on May 27.

DARTZ, “THE BEST BAND EVER IN THE HISTORY OF AOTEAROA”: A SILVER SCROLL, A DUMPLING HOUSE AND STAYING LOYAL

Apr 08, 2022 by Solomon Powell

When mullet-rocking Australian punk band The Chats announced they were coming to Wellington, Danz and his friend Crispy had an idea: invent their own punk band and apply for the opening slot.  So, when their fictional band ‘DARTZ’ was booked they were overjoyed, but they had only two weeks to make the band, and the setlist, a reality.

ADAM HATTAWAY AND THE HAUNTERS - FINDING ONE'S VOICE AMONGST NEW ZEALAND'S AMERICANA

Feb 10, 2022 by Solomon Powell

Adam, of Adam Hattaway and the Haunters fame, found his voice from the seeds of a lifelong love of a music birthed thousands of miles from his home. Solomon Powell sat down with the man himself, after he and the Haunters performed for Flying Nun’s ‘What Was That Thing?’ series, to learn about this journey.

FRENCH FOR RABBITS - NATURE, JAZZ, AND THE SOUNDS OF NEW ZEALAND

Dec 10, 2021 by Solomon Powell

Solomon Powell sat down with French for Rabbits to discuss their new album, The Overflow. Marking their tenth year of their existence, this release finds the band reflecting on the importance of nature in their music, the influence of jazz and what it means to sound like New Zealand. 

MEET THE NEW INDIES: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A RECORD LABEL IN AOTEAROA?

Dec 03, 2021 by Gareth Shute

Gareth Shute investigates four new record labels that have emerged over the past five years - Noa, Garbage, Sunreturn, and trace/untrace - and discovers the different approaches they are taking to pushing their artists out into the world.

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