Filmmaker Matthew Saville chats to Dave Griffiths about his debut feature film Juniper. Take a listen as we explore what led to this beautiful film being made and what it was like working with Charlotte Rampling.
CARSON is an energetic psychedelic stoner rock ‘n roll trio from Lucerne, originally formed in New Zealand. The band has existed in its current line-up since 2012. They are known for their distinctive musical style and captivating, energetic live shows with a strong stage presence.
The band has released two EPs and one full-length album so far and played various shows all over Europe (including European tour with the American band Karma to Burn, Up in Smoke Festival, Openair am Bielersee, Stonerhead Festival in Salzburg). If you are a fan of Queens of the Stone Age and Vista Chino – this is the sound for your ears!
Now the band have just released their new album, titled The Wilful Pursuit Of Ignorance, through Sixteentimes Music and this week they sat down with Dave Griffiths to chat about it.
You can take a listen to the full interview right here:
Attention all Techniciansss: Hip-Hop Powerhouse TECH N9NE returns to Australia and New Zealand this November after selling out shows on past tours you can be assured the demand for tickets will be higher than ever. TECH returns to our shores for the first time since 2018 armed with his latest album Asin9ne and a selection of his best-known tracks. The announcement comes with a stern warning for fans: TECH is hungrier than ever before.
TECH N9NE’s career is at an all-time high with the release of his latest album Asin9ne. Asin9ne features the track ‘Face Off’ which blew up with huge commercial success with an appearance by ‘Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson alongside King ISO and Joey Cool. ‘Face Off’ has clocked up over 111 million Spotify streams and 57 million YouTube views.
TECH N9NE’s live shows are not for the faint of heart. With the crowd hanging onto his every movement, TECH masterfully guides them through the evening of sonic chaos, feeding off the madness unleashing before his very eyes. His shows are a non-stop party from beginning to end. The atmosphere and energy at a TECH N9NE show is unlike anything else. No one puts on a show like TECH N9NE.
Special Guest is none other than Rising Rap Phenomenon, King Iso.
As the biggest selling Independent Hip-Hop artist of all time, TECH N9NE has had his music featured in film, television, and video games. Independent to the core, TECH N9NE is free to make music for himself and his fans and no one else. He appeases no masters other than the legions of Strange Music fans across the globe.
‘’Tech N9ne can control the crowd like only a true master can’’ – Music Feeds
The independent underground would not be what it is today without pioneers like Strange Music cofounder TECH N9NE. Tech’s unparalleled tour schedule and signature rapid-fire “chopper” style combined with the business acumen of Strange Music CEO Travis O’Guin have molded Strange Music into the number one independent hip-hop label in the world. In less than two decades, Tech himself has earned three gold records, sold over two million albums, and made multiple appearances on Forbes’s “Hip-Hop Cash Kings” list. Tech’s multi-faceted skillset has not gone unrecognized by artists of all genres, exemplified by collaborations with such diverse artists as The Doors, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Eminem, and Boyz II Men, to name just a few. Everyone from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to Elton John has been spotted bumping Tech N9ne records, a testament to constant reinvention and inarguable excellence that has become standard of Tech’s work. It’s by no coincidence that his latest label-wide collaborative project was named Dominion – Tech N9ne will not stop until he and Strange Music have completely dominated the world of hip-hop and beyon.
‘’one of the most unique and intriguing rappers in history’’ – The AU Review
“I’ve got a chip on my shoulder,” TECH N9NE says. “I’ve still got a lot to prove. That’s why I still rap so hard. I’m always trying to get better and better. I’m not softening it.” If you missed out last time, now is your chance to fix your mistake. If you were lucky enough to catch one of the shows, this is another opportunity to witness one of the greatest live shows in Hip-Hop. Bar none.
TECH N9NE + Special Guest King Iso November 2022 Australian Tour Dates
Voodoo Bloo have today released two new singles, ‘We’re Here, Love Is Somewhere Else’ and ‘Default’ – both from their upcoming sophomore album, THE BLESSED GHOST, being released on July 15. They can both be streamed/purchased HERE
Lead single ‘We’re Here, Love Is Somewhere Else’ is a dreamy uplifting rock track, speaking to how much spaceparanoia and social pressures take up in the mind’s hard drive; and a simple reminder that no matter how far in a rut you’re stuck, you’re only a few progressive footsteps away from getting better.
“Part of this song actually comes from a previous track I wrote & recorded with Lucifer Gunne called ‘Coexistence’,” says Voodoo Bloo frontman Rory McDonald.
“We only managed to record an acoustic version of it, and the riff fit so perfectly with ‘We’re Here, Love Is Somewhere Else’ that I just had to repurpose it for the song.“
Alongside the single, the band have a “dreamy, trippy” video made by Rory and Voodoo Bloo’s manager, Tony McDonald.
“The trippy approach we have, I think it really helps people sink into the blissful hopelessness I’m trying to portray in the lyrics, it really shines through when I’m watching it at least,” says Rory.
‘Default’ is also released today and is the “b-side” for the ‘We’re Here, Love Is Somewhere Else’ release.”This is about a one-shot attempt to make good friends with the person I created, to make amends with who I’ve been and what I’ve done. In some ways it worked, but it also allowed me to fully look at some areas of the person I was becoming and set boundaries as to what lines I couldn’t cross anymore,” says Rory of ‘Default’.
“It was one of the first songs written for the album and it was the first of many letters I wrote to myself about how much I’d fallen out of love with who I am, but that there was a light at the end of the tunnel in the form of self-improvement.“
“It’s not a song talking about hating one’s self, but more of the moment you come to your senses, the slap across the face that says to wake up and start taking your life seriously,” says Rory.
Both tracks were recorded at Massey University. The studio there was designed by the same people that revamped Abbey Road Studios in London.
With today’s singles offering a taste of what’s to come, THE BLESSED GHOST album is set to delve deeply into and explore the range of the band’s music repertoire, with each track showing a different side to the band.
“These tracks mark a turning point for one of the biggest strengths of this album, most of the singles on our first album felt really samey to me, but this time around I don’t think anyone really knows what to expect of us, which is something I love dearly,” says Rory.
The boys from New Zealand are also partnering with Sydney legends RADICALS to form a two-prong AU/NZ tour across August, through September and up to the 1st October. The tour takes in Central Coast, 2 dates in Sydney & Wollongong on the Aussie side of the ditch and then heads over the pond to New Zealand to take in Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch.
‘We’re Here, Love Is Somewhere Else’ and ‘Default’ join the previously released singles ‘Small’and ‘Skin’; and all will feature on Voodoo Bloo’s second album THE BLESSED GHOST – set for release July 15!
Alternative Wellington rockers Voodoo Bloo, have dropped the video for their new single, ‘Small’ – the track is out now at https://bfan.link/VBsmall!
The single followed on from the 2021-released single, ‘Skin’, with both tracks featuring on the upcoming sophomore Voodoo Bloo album, THE BLESSED GHOST out July 15 through PlasticGroove!
Rory McDonald. lead singer and guitarist, said that “The Small video was an absolute blast to shoot. We did try and do a behind the scenes video for it (which is up on our YouTube as well), but no matter how we tried to explain it, we always said the same thing, this was just so fun to do, to be able to go into a music video without a single idea what you’re gonna shoot or how it was gonna look on the other side, it may be simple, but I think the fun we had on the day translates over to anyone watching.“
He went on to say that “‘Small’ is a song about the “Peter Pan complex”, knowing you have to grow up no matter how hard the change may be. In a way it was written not only to a younger self but also my mother, about my growth into a person, but the distance it’s made from memories long gone.”
The announcement of the new 12-track album, THE BLESSED GHOST, welcomes a new frontier for Voodoo Bloo, as well as a new line-up consisting of Rory McDonald as lead singer and guitar, Daniel Maslen on guitar, Oli Cass on bass and Jackson Kidd on drums. Pre-Orders will go live for the album when the next single is announced/released.
THE BLESSED GHOST follows on from the success of Voodoo Bloo’s debut album JACOBUS,received well across New Zealand, Australia, the UK and the US. The band also played multiple charity shows for Lifeline Aotearoa (an organisation focused on suicide prevention and mental health treatment), and also released a music video for their single‘Ha Ha Ok OK’.
Summary: Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.
Cinema Release Dates: 23rd November 2021 (Australia), 19th November 2021 (UK), 17th November 2021 (USA)
VOD Release Dates: 1st December 2021 (Australia), 1st December 2021 (Thailand), 1st December 2021 (UK), 1st December 2021 (Thailand)
Country: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK
Director: Jane Campion
Screenwriter: Jane Campion, Thomas Savage (novel)
Cast: Stephen Bain (Mr Weltz – the Undertaker), Adam Beach (Edward Nappo), Eddie Campbell (Stan), Alice May Connolly (Pearl), Benedict Cumberbatch (Phil Burbank), David Denis (Angelo), Jacque Drew (Jeannie), Kirsten Dunst (Rose Gordon), Alice Englert (Buster), Julie Forsyth (Mrs. Mueller), Aislinn Furlong (Evie), Cohon Holloway (Bobby), Ella Hope-Higginson (Consuela), Sean Keenan (Sven), Genevieve Lemon (Mrs. Lewis), George Mason (Cricket), Max Mata (Juan), Ramontay McConnell (Theo), Thomasin McKenzie (Lola), Piimio Mei (Sue Ella), Josh Owen (Lee), Yvette Parsons (Hettie), Jesse Plemons (George Burbank), Edith Poor (Tanya), Yvette Reid (Clementine), Alastair Sewell (Jock), Bryony Skillington (Queenie), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Peter Gordon), Tatum Warren-Ngata (Libby), Karl Willietts (Bill)
Running Time: 126 mins
Classification: M (Australia), 12A (UK), R (USA)
OUR THE POWER OF THE DOG REVIEWS
David Griffiths’ The Power Of The Dog Review:
Often the Western genre can produce some of the most powerful films you are ever likely to see. I can still remember marveling at the filmmaking prowess of Sergio Leone after watching Once Upon A Time In The West for the first time. Then there are modern-day classics like Meek’s Cutoff and The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. Now we can add another film to that list – The Power Of The Dog.
Directed by Jane Campion (The Piano) The Power Of The Dog tells the story of two brothers Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch – Doctor Strange) and George Burbank (Jesse Plemons – The Irishman) who have built themselves up from nothing to well-respected Montana ranch owners back in 1925.
But while George looks after fiancés and helps the ranch make a profit Phil leads the men who do the grunt work. Phil is also considered a rude and gruff enigma. College learned he threw away a promising future to focus on the work with the cattle and is now so anti-social even getting him to bathe is a chore.
His world is further interrupted when after a trip into town Phil marriages a local widower, Rose Gordon (Kirsten Dunst – Bring It On), and brings herself and her ‘strange’ son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Road) back to the ranch. It is an awkward time as Phil has previously bullied Peter to the point where Rose is in tears and now he is jealous of the fact that George is out living his life.
The Power Of The Dog is a brilliant character piece that plays out like some of Shakespeare’s finest work. This is one film where as an audience member if you look away from the screen you are likely to miss an important piece of the puzzle that all comes together in the final moments of the film. Yes, this film has a haunting and powerful finale that is guaranteed to stay with you like some of the finest moments of cinema that you have ever seen. For once this year I was one of those people that just couldn’t get out of my chair even after the final credits had finished because I was just in total awe of what had just played out in front of me.
Campion’s screenplay brings Thomas Savage’s novel to life in a brutal yet beautiful way. Words are like weapons throughout the film while at times silence and glances can be just as harmful. Then there is the amazing cinematography of Ari Wegner (Lady Macbeth) that makes the harsh Montana landscape look like something that should be hanging in the Louvre.
Rounding out this perfect set-piece are the performances of the film’s leads. Benedict Cumberbatch reminds serious cinema lovers just how good he is in a role that requires pure acting talent while he is well-matched with Jesse Plemons who plays the awkward yet determined George to a tee. Grouped together with Melancholia this is some of Kirsten Dunst’s finest work while Kodi Smit-McPhee takes another huge step forward in his acting career by portraying the strange and maligned Peter in a way that should garnish some award nominations. The young actor seems right at home acting alongside such a stellar cast and many of his scenes with Cumberbatch are pure cinematic magic.The Power Of The Dog is what cinema should be about.
A brilliantly written script that keeps its audience guessing and in awe throughout and brought to the screen by the director that can turn even the harshest scene into a true brushstroke of beauty. Then to top it off throw in a cast that brings in hardened performances that knock the audience back into their seats. The Power Of The Dog doesn’t need epic special effects or gimmicks to impress the audience it does with pure cinematic gold. I don’t say this very often but to me this was close to the perfect film and it is one that I cannot wait to delve back into again as soon as I can.
New Zealand’s highest streaming rock band, Written By Wolves, are today releasing their record, The Collab Project (Purchase/Stream Here), along with a videoclip for single Secrets featuring legendary P.O.D vocalist Sonny Sandoval not only in the song but in the video as well!
The Collab Project features tracks re-imagined from their previous record SECRETS, a record streamed over 10 million times on Spotify alone – and showcases collaborations with artists such as Trenton Woodley from Hands Like Houses, Kellin Quin from Sleeping with Sirens, Sonny Sandoval from P.O.D., Becks and Sydney Rae White of The Wild Things.
Michael Murphy, vocalist for the band, says of the new single/video: “Sonny was one of my teenage heroes growing up. I listened to the Satellite album every day as a teenager, in fact I’m pretty sure my high school band even covered ‘Alive’. I’m not sure I’ll ever forget the first reply from Sonny saying he loved what we were doing and was all in for the project. The passion and power that he brings to everything he does is phenomenal and his voice is iconic. He is an absolute legend and we are still pinching ourselves that he is part of The Collab Project!“
He went on to say that “We are so proud of The Collab Project and we are incredibly excited to have it out in the world. With any release there is a huge sense of nervousness and trepidation that comes with it, but, with this one that feeling is even more amplified. So many people have contributed, not just their voices, but their stories and we will never be able to thank them enough for that. This has become a real passion project for us and we hope it can mean as much to our fans as it does to us.”
Written By Wolves are a fresh and progressive cinematic rock band and one of the most exciting new rock acts to come from New Zealand in recent years. Renowned for their highly energetic live show, the band have already shared the stage with international heavyweights such as Machine Gun Kelly, Limp Bizkit, Pendulum, Sublime With Rome, Suicidal Tendencies, We The Kings and Four Year Strong, to name just a few. Since forming in 2014, the band has amassed over 335,000 monthly listeners and more than 36 million streams on Spotify, as well as over 100,000 subscribers and 46 millions views on YouTube.