The Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire

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THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Dave Graney

22 Aug 2014  |  5 min read  |  1

The e-mail from Dave Graney in Australia sounded almost apologetic, like he had to explain who he was. I replied along the lines, "So this would be the same Dave Graney of the great Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes? I know exactly who you are, sir. Saw you play a few times". But it is true that few New Zealanders would know Graney and his songwriting gifts (not to mention how back... > Read more

Everything Was Legendary With Robert

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Glen Moffatt

14 Aug 2014  |  3 min read

For a while there, over a decade ago, the New Zealand country singer Glen Moffatt seemed to be everywhere, and at the close of the Nineties and into the new decade he released three excellent albums: Somewhere in New Zealand Tonight, A Place to Play and If That's What You Want. As those titles suggest, Moffatt could offer some commentary on the lot of the country troubadour who travels... > Read more

Point of No Return

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Robert Scott

11 Aug 2014  |  2 min read

Because Elsewhere recently had a major piece on Robert Scott and was with specific reference to his new album The Green House, let's just give you the link to that . . . and observe that last week the Herald reviewer bestowed four and half stars (out of five) to The Green House with the tag "another solo gem". That reviewer also noted Scott's terrific last album Ends Run Together... > Read more

Now in Your Hands

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Paul "The Axeman" Martin of Devilskin

30 Jul 2014  |  2 min read

Devilskin bassist Paul Martin has some serious prior form in the noise stakes: He played in the legendary (not a word we use lightly here) Kiwi hard rock bands Knightshade and Blackjack, and more recently was lead guitarist/lead singer for World War Four. But with Hamilton's Devilskin it seems it has all come to a higher plane. The band -- fronted by the nailhard vocals of Jennie... > Read more

Little Pills

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Andrew Gladstone of Golden Curtain

28 Jul 2014  |  3 min read

Elsewhere has a soft spot for the band Golden Curtain because they make unashamed pop-rock music which is big on verses and choruses, and so we have previously said good things about their albums English Tuning (2013) and this year's Dream City. And if you click on those links you will see the pedigree in this three-piece. So we are delighted to see them booked for an Auckland gig at... > Read more

Be Around

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Tony Abbott of the Gary Harvey Band

18 Jul 2014  |  3 min read

The name Tony Abbott might not be that familiar, but his searing and/or sensitive guitar playing has been a hallmark of albums by the long-running Gary Harvey Band, and before that in Gary Harvey and the Night Owls. Abbott is just as capable as sitting back and playing the tasteful measures in slow acosutic numbers as he is turning it up to 11 and unleashing the hard rock-cum-psych beast... > Read more

Nuthin' But the Blues

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Chris Wade

20 Jun 2014  |  3 min read

British one-man band and slightlydelic musician Chris Wade goes about his musical business under the name Dodson and Fogg, which is a lovely English moniker. He first came to Elsewhere's attention via a compilation through The Active Listener, and after we posted a favourable review of that he got in touch and sent on his most recent album After the Fall which ended up in our Favourite... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Melody Pool

16 Jun 2014  |  3 min read

Even back home in Australia the 21-year odl singer Melody Pool has yet to create a wave and in his review of her debut album The Hurting Scene, the writer Iain Shedden for the Australian opened with, "Chances are you won't have heard of Melody Pool". He then hailed her Nashille-recorded album which was crowd-funded and produced by Jace Everett of the True Blood/Bad Things song and... > Read more

Pretty Little End

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Jordan Luck

13 Jun 2014  |  2 min read

In the middle of this month -- June 21st touchdown, June 25th a concert at Auckland's Town Hall -- the Beatles made direct contact with New Zealand. The reception here 50 years ago was much like everywhere in '64, the height of Beatlemania: huge crowds, screaming, shows that people saw but barely heard . . . It was a turning point in New Zealand popular culture and to mark the occasion... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Zane Hawkins

11 Jun 2014  |  2 min read

In the middle of this month -- June 21st touchdown, June 25th a concert at Auckland's Town Hall -- the Beatles made direct contact with New Zealand. The reception here 50 years ago was much like everywhere in '64, the height of Beatlemania: huge crowds, screaming, shows that people saw but barely heard . . . It was a turning point in New Zealand popular culture and to mark the occasion... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Grace Brebner

9 Jun 2014  |  3 min read

In the middle of this month -- June 21st touchdown, June 25th a concert at Auckland's Town Hall -- the Beatles made direct contact with New Zealand. The reception here 50 years ago was much like everywhere in '64, the height of Beatlemania: huge crowds, screaming, shows that people saw but barely heard . . . It was a turning point in New Zealand popular culture and to mark the occasion... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Jed Town

7 Jun 2014  |  2 min read

In the middle of this month -- June 21st touchdown, June 25th a concert at Auckland's Town Hall -- the Beatles made direct contact with New Zealand. The reception here 50 tears ago was much like everywhere in '64, the height of Beatlemania: huge crowds, screaming, shows that people saw but barely heard . . . It was a turning point in New Zealand popular culture and to mark the occasion... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Mike Chunn

6 Jun 2014  |  2 min read

In the middle of this month -- June 21st touchdown, June 25th a concert at Auckland's Town Hall -- the Beatles made direct contact with New Zealand. The reception here 50 years ago was much like everywhere in '64, the height of Beatlemania: huge crowds, screaming, shows that people saw but barely heard . . . It was a turning point in New Zealand popular culture and to mark the occasion... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Martin Phillipps of the Chills

26 May 2014  |  2 min read

Although it is easy to be flippant about the Chills' constantly changing line-ups during their heyday, that denies the great music which poured from Martin Phillipps' feverishly melodic brain. As one of the great hopes of the Flying Nun label, they may have faltered from time to time on the career trajectory we might have wished for them, but that takes nothing away from the music,... > Read more

Molten Gold

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Rachel and Hayden Donnell of Great North

8 May 2014  |  5 min read

New Zealand band Great North impressed Elsewhere back in the day, 2009 to be precise, when we had the time to review EPs. Of their EP Soldiers we felt the angels were watching over them, and later their 2010 debut album Newfoundland was one of our best of the year choices. They were part of rock'n'roll lineage which stretched from electric Dylan and Neil Young through the Waterboys and... > Read more

Up in Smoke

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Bryce Wastney

30 Apr 2014  |  2 min read

Because Elsewhere will never (knowingly) fib to you, we're going to be straight-up and say . . . Bryce Wastney? Never 'eard of 'im, mate. That was until this New Zealand singer-songwriter flicked us an e-mail saying he was touring with Australia's Germein Sisters. And who modestly mentioned some nice comments about himself from New Zealand Musician Magazine and Mike Alexander in... > Read more

Dead Man Walking

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Shayna King

28 Apr 2014  |  2 min read

A few weeks ago Elsewhere scooped up the impressive debut album The Day is Young by the Christchurch-based singer-songwriter Shayna King as part of a package of releases. They had all been part of the avalanche of album releases around the Christmas period. At that time (here) we noted it would seem a real pity if her album was overlooked because there was obviously a keen intelligence and... > Read more

Swept Away

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Chris from Gold Medal Famous

3 Apr 2014  |  3 min read  |  1

You have to like and admire Wellington's artrock-cum-satirical pop group Gold Medal Famous. They rock, they roll, they are witty and droll. When Elsewhere reviewed their 2011 album 100 Years of Rock we concluded this was a band where one week you might be in the audience and the next you might be on stage as part of the group. They write songs like They're Drinking My Punch,... > Read more

100 Years of Rock

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Liv McBride of Into the East

24 Mar 2014  |  4 min read

Regular readers of Elsewhere would find it no surprise that the debut album by Into the East, Fight From the Inside, picked up the 2014 Tui for Best NZ Folk Album, Album of The Year and Band of The Year at the Southland Entertainment Awards and more recently, a nomination for the highly regarded Taite Music Prize. Elsewhere picked Fight from the Inside... > Read more

Perfect Storm

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Grayson Gilmour

22 Mar 2014  |  3 min read

Currently touring on the back of his excellent new album Infinite Life! (dates below, album reviewed here), Grayson Gilmour took time out to answer our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire . . . and his answers proved as interesting as you might expect. Gilmour's work over half a dozen albums has stretched to soundtracks and helium-filled pop, (and of course he is part of the band So So Modern).... > Read more

Round Round Silver Bell Tree