One of our tracks was used in this sweet skate vid from Nike Australia! Big thanks to Chris Middlebrook for being an awesome dude!
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these and a few exciting things are about to happen so i thought it would be an appropriate time to send out a mailer.
First up a big thanks to everyone who downloaded the free EP (we’re now up to 400 downloads whoohoo!) and also to everyone who has bought the album!!
Here’s big news number one: We’re heading over to Australia next month (finally!) and our album is out now over there through Tenzenmen (who has released an amazing amount of stuff from some of our favourite bands - bang bang aids, DEAD, Dead Farmers, Hira Hira etc). The facebook event for the shows can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/events/338833572826101/
and these are the dates we’ll be playing:
April 13th - Adelaide - Crown & Anchor w/ No Action, El Alamein and SparkShifter
April 14th - Melbourne - Gasometer w/ On Sierra, El Alamein and Jess Locke
April 15th - Melbourne - Irene’s Warehouse (All Ages) w/ Medicators, Franco Cozzo, El Alamein, Stockades and M. Academy
April 17th - Newcastle - Pharmacy w/ Lennin Lennon
April 18th - Wollongong - Yours & Owls w/ Zita Grimm
April 19th - Canberra - Phoenix w/ support TBA
April 20th - Sydney - The Roxbury w/ Hira Hira and Zita Grimm
April 21st - Brisbane - Fat Louie’s w/ Nuclear Summer, Wil Wagner and El Alamein
April 22nd - Brisbane - The Waiting Room w/ Make More and Tiny Spiders
The album is also being released in the UK by the wonderful folks at Bomb Shop on cassette tape!!
In other international news, we are very proud to be a part of a new record club called Flexi of the Month. For those of you that haven’t heard of Flexi-discs (or Polish Postcards), they are a small plastic card that can be played on record players. It’s a really neat idea; a bunch of underground artists from around the world are featured and when you subscribe you get one very nicely packaged flexi disc per month. If we get enough orders we’ll be the third release with a track called Paper Trails (which has good as dude Michael Havell on vocals and guitar). Check out the website cos we think it’s an awesome idea!
For those of you in Auckland we have two more shows for the year before taking a break to write and record album number two (the first record took us four years to get out so we don’t want to end up being like Tool). We play Borderline at Whammy/Wine Cellar on the 7th of April and then when we get back from Australia we are doing a free show at Lucha Lounge with our good friends Used to be Apes and Flogging a Dead One Horse Town (plus one more special act yet to be announced).
Lastly if you’re looking for some sweet new tunes to listen to, check out a band called Next Year’s Love. Remember when Pairs came all the way to New Zealand from Shanghai and played some awesome shows? Well Next Year’s Love is F’s other band, somewhere between Band of Susans and Young Marble Giants, an awesome mix of no wave/new wave and their EP is free from http://nextyearslove.bandcamp.com/!
Thanks for reading!!
Chur to the chur
Martin, Tom and Sam
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- 2 years ago
Having toured up and down New Zealand too many times to mention, Auckland noise-rock trio god bows to math finally make their way over the ditch, playing eight shows across Australia this April.
After acclaimed reviews of their debut album, god bows to math, and earning a slew of accolades for their live shows, the three piece tour up and down the East coast ahead of the Australian release of their album through Tenzenman.
The band themselves had a triumphant 2011; drawing their biggest crowds to date during their album tour, with blistering performances in Auckland and Wellington and playing their biggest show to date – radio station 95bFM’s Nirvana tribute night. The event, held at the hallowed Kings Arms in Auckland, saw a near-capacity crowd for the headline act.
The three members of the band - Martin Phillips, Thomas Morrison and Sam Cussen - make up a triumvirate with ideals as hard-nosed as their walls of noise, firing from the hip in a display of intensive methodology: just ask the ten releases already put out under their name.
Recording their latest release with Warner Emery (Double Ya D, ex-Phoenix Foundation) proved a priceless experience; emboldening them to strip back their sound a little more and allowing it to be mastered by the hallowed Chicago Mastering Service (run by Bob Weston and Jason Ward) was a long-standing goal of the band added indelible touches from Jason Ward that truly gave the band the polished (or rather, suitably rough) quality they have long aspired to attain.
god bows to math play:
April 13th - Adelaide - Crown & Anchor - with No Action and SparkShifter
April 14th - Melbourne - Gasometer - with Shit Weather
April 15th - Melbourne - Irene’s Warehouse (All Ages) - with Palisades
April 17th - Newcastle - Pharmacy - with Lennin Lennon
April 18th - Wollongong - Yours & Owls – support TBA
April 19th - Canberra - Phoenix – support TBA
April 20th - Sydney - The Roxbury - with Hira Hira and Mere Women
April 21st - Brisbane - Fat Louie’s - with Make More
For media enquiries contact
Benjii Jackson at MUZAI Records
+64 21 129 8690 / e: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2 years ago
So this hasn’t been updated for a while, and I (Martin) thought I’d try and update our masses of fans (all three of you) on what’s been happening in god bows to math world…
We finally released our album in November, so far it’s been selling quite well and people have said nice things about it (always great for our precious egos). We played some shows around the North Island to promote it in Nov/Dec and that was pretty fun. Michael Havell from The Postures has been playing a bit of guitar with us every now and then as well. We managed to play in Tauranga for the first time ever which was surprisingly awesome and have met some really great people on the road.
I’ve started a new record label called Hell is Now Love which will be a MUZAI-related endeavour focussing on smaller bands that get overlooked far too often, so far the bands on HINL include Lost Rockets, Mason Clinic, Hollywoodfun Downstairs, Proton Beast and The DHDFDs there’ll be a bunch more releases coming soon though.
In January we toured the country with Pairs (from Shanghai), their drummer Rhys was partly responsible for breaking up me and Tom’s old band back in 2008. Two nicer people you could not meet, touring with them was an absolute blast and there will be a documentary film in the works as soon as we all sufficiently recover enough to sift through the hours of footage. We played a show in Hunterville at a little record shop called Lucky that was amazing! So welcoming and thoughtful, they even had a platter of cold Double Browns waiting for us when we arrived!
Next couple of months are gonna be pretty busy; we have some shows coming up this week (with Ouch My Face for free at Whammy on Thursday and with DEAD at the Basement (AA) on Saturday) then the following week we are playing a Dead Kennedys tribute night at Lucha Lounge (don’t expect too much ‘cos we haven’t practised nearly enough).
March will see Sam’s other band Sherpa release their debut album and tour around the country in support, if you get the chance go and check them out.
Then in April we head over to Australia to play a bunch of shows with our good friends Make More, tour dates are on the shows page and a facebook event will be up in the next week or so. Once we get back we will be playing one more show for the year before retreating to a cave and writing new material ready for a follow-up album (expect something to come out in late 2013).
Our last show of 2012 will be at Lucha Lounge on Saturday the 5th of May, it’ll be free entry and we will have some awesome new bands supporting.
Until next time…
- 2 years ago
After a steady number of EPs and splits,across a wide variety of formats,Auckland’s best noise merchants and long-time MUZAI act god bows to math are finally ready to release their first full length album.
The eponymous release,out November 14th is three years of hard work from the group finally come to fruition. In true god bows to math fashion though,it wasn’t an easy process…
Originally recorded with regular MUZAI engineer Daniel Speight,the album was intended to be release in early 2011. One hard drive failure and Speight’s return to the U.K. found the band once again at a loose end.
Picking themselves back up saw the group turn to,of all places Whanganui to re-record the album with Warner Emery (Double Ya D,ex-Phoenix Foundation). It proved a priceless experience,with the region’s rich history of noisy guitar bands emboldening them to strip back their sound a little more.
Where Whanganui may not have been an obvious choice initially,getting the album mastered by the hallowed Chicago Mastering Service (run by Bob Weston and Jason Ward) was a long-standing goal of the band. It was the indelible touches from Jason Ward that truly gave the band the polished (or rather,suitably rough) quality they have long aspired to attain.
It shows;god bows to math meshes the group’s latest works such as the moody “Slow Decline” and “Paper Trails” (featuring vocals and guitar from Postures front-man Michael Havell) with their older work from previous releases. An amalgamation of the tried and tested with the new and exciting,which has allowed the band to proverbially stretch their legs – allowing for tracks you may not have expected the emerge from the group.
god bows to math is available on CD and digitally from November 14th through MUZAI Records (distributed by Rhythmethod NZ).
1) Slow Decline
2) Blues for Blind Lemon
3) Yr Kids Aren’t Special But I Am
4) The Ship That Sank A Thousand Faces
5) Paper Trails
6) How to Beat Your Dad at Chess
7) Sixty Degrees of Separation
8) Details on How to get “DONCAB” on your License Plate
9) Small Victories
10) New Designs for Hip Kids
11) Teenagers is Lazy Journalism
12) Smile &Nod
- 2 years ago
Big thanks to everyone who came out to the Nirvana tribute night last Friday. It was a blast! We covered Very Ape, Negative Creep (with our good friend Chris Rakete helping on vocals) and Radio Friendly Unit Shifter. You can read Benjii’s review in Volume magazine here (disclaimer: since Benjii is our label boss he has to say nice things). The photos above that beautifully illustrate the insanity were taken by the awesome Jeff Smith.
- 3 years ago
Radio One is one of the best stations in the country, even aside from its historical importance in helping the amazing music that’s been coming out of Dunedin for the last few decades, it supports all New Zealand artists and is particularly significant for independent acts. As a band who’ve never had any hopes of enjoying commercial “success” Bnet stations are the only ones who will play not just our music but music that we love, providing a sanctuary for those like us who feel isolated by the homogenized music forced down our throats by record labels and commercial FM radio, and the homogenized culture that results.
There isn’t many stations that play good music, there are even less that actively encourage DJs to play music they like rather than stick to a rigid playlist. The amount of local content on most radio stations is embarrassing and the music from New Zealand that does make it past their censors is inevitably a poor copy of current overseas trends. If we let the precious few stations who help us discover new music, who treat being local as something to be proud of rather than a mark of inferiority, disappear then we are in a very perilous situation.
Radio is still a vital part of how we engage with our culture, it is still the place where most people discover new music and hear about issues that concern them, especially so for students. Please take the time to sign the online petition and submit any ideas you have to help save this institution.
- 3 years ago
- 3 years ago
Poster for our Wellington (free!) EP release. Courtesy of the lovely Ben Carroll at BUZZFERKCHURNT
- 3 years ago
And while I’m on the updating tumblr buzz; we’re playing a show tonight with Forcefields and High Society. It’s only five bucks and is at Galatos Basement just off K Road.
Forcefields have just put out an album you can download here: http://forcefieldsnz.bandcamp.com/