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Arch Hill Recordings May News

Arch Hill Recordings May News

Dear 'Hillsters,

May and New Zealand Music Month are almost here. Like most local music operations, we are gearing up with a bunch of activities, organised noise and carry on.

First the behind the scenes action. The basements of Arch Hill Studio have been alive with new recordings and ruckus. Some of the regulars (Pine, Fang, David Mulcahy) have been battling it out with newbies such as Christchurch expats Gasoline Cowboy (Jol with Greg from Fuce with Scott from Slim/Fuce) and the semi-regulars...such as the as yet unnamed Kelly and Greta project (featuring call-in instrumentalists Gary Sullivan/Shayne Carter from Dimmer facing off against Sonya Waters/Ben Howe from Fang) plus a heap of other stuff. Ed Case - Arch Hill Studio Chief - says our compilation project is projected for completion by July 2025. That will give Aaron from Pine ample time to meditate on the artwork. Also, our marketing and promotions 'teams' will have plenty of time to strategise, mind-map and flowchart...

In other news, for NZ locals, if you didn't see Fang playing pre-recorded/live on Squeeze last Sunday - you get a second chance this Wednesday at 11.30pm TV2.

If you live in Auckland make sure you head along to the Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) and bFM gig at the Kings Arms on Friday May the 9th. The kick butt lineup includes Fang, SJD, Stinky Jim, Meterman, Dub Asylum, One Million Dollars and Autozamm. Get there early (9pm) for the full smorgasbord. IMNZ represents NZ owned independent recording labels and distributors. There will also be giveaways of a double IMNZ sampler CD with heaps of excellent NZ independent stuff on it, including our own Pine and Fang.

Other gigs: Later on in the month look out for... Pine at True Colours on the May 23rd in Christchurch and May 31st in Auckland Pine and Chris Knox in-store at Real Groovy on May 30th 6.30pm A low key set from Pine and Fang at the Auckland City Art Gallery on May 31st 2pm. ...but we'll remind you about those ones.

Finally, Arch Hill and Fang would like to BIG UP Wellington music. Firstly, large numbers of people like to go out and see (and enjoy) live music, and secondly, the music is excellent. If there is any justice in the world leftfield pop ramblers The Phoenix Foundation and Ghostplane (both of whom Fang played with) will soon be getting the recognition they deserve.

Ta from Arch Hill -- Arch Hill Recordings 331 Great North Rd PO Box 68-194 Newton Auckland New Zealand Ph 64 9 3600772

Pine - Longplayer - Reviews

"They should become the most innovative and respected bands in the country." - NZOOM

****"The 13 songs also have echoes of Brits such as the Stone Roses on the pastoral ŒHad One¹ and ŒDays on End¹ or Belle and Sebastian on the gently hypnotic ŒSugar¹." - NZ HERALD

***** (Five stars) "Highlights include Wanted Boy, Cried all night, Mystery, Silence is a sin, Days on End and the recent single Beaten Again. But they're all good. Pop - in the best sense of the word - it's the sort of music you could listen to any time of the day"- THE CHRISTCHURCH PRESS

"Pine have been crowd and college radio favorites over the past 3 years, crafting simple, elegant and often catchy pop hit after pop hit" - STYLUS MAG

"Delicately laid back, glam rock, traces of everyone from The Jam to Suede, Yo La Tengo to Belle and Sebastian" - THE PACKAGE

"Think The Charlatans (on a good day) and Straightjacket Fits on an even better one." - RIP IT UP MAGAZINE

Fang - Somewhere Out There - Reviews

"Somewhere Out There is just that - a daring imaginative and accomplished trip into other musical atmospheres" - REAL GROOVE

"A shiny, impressive second album from Fang...Sonically, it's terrific...If Goldenhorse just made the classic Kiwi pop record with a bit of Phoenix fizz, then Fang has just made the Old Tawny Port version of that record" - METRO

"Fang have served up instead a heady crossbreed of pure pop and experimental alt rock with a wee bit of folk thrown in. Delicious." - THE PACKAGE

****"Somewhere out there is a deep and mysterious sounding album that utilises a lo-fi approach to achieve heavily layered yet delicate songs...delightfully brooding." - RIP IT UP

"One of the most interesting and impressive local releases in recent memory. Recommended." - SMOKE CDs

"Plenty of good listening here" - CHRISTCHURCH PRESS

"Their second album is a leap into something more distinctive - a spookier, swampier, and slinky territory which makes for a satisfying album" - NZ HERALD

"Fang have grabbed their sound by the scruff of the neck and dragged it in a more satisfying, well rounded and rich direction." - PAVEMENT

"there are sounds aplenty on 'Somewhere Out There', as Fang engage in a competition on who can play the most instruments - with the listener being the winner" - NZ MUSICIAN

"Somewhere Out There is a crafted piece of work that rewards its listener on repeated hearings and is a CD that keeps on giving." - NZOOM

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