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April 2015
April 2015
In this issue:
Jamie McDell, Marlon Williams, Head Like A Hole, Strange Harvest, Miss June, The Jury And The Saints, Quail State, Mel Parsons, Tainted, ManaLion
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THE ELECTRIC ERA: Too Many Damaged Heroes

By Dave Gideon
A mixed bag oí lollies from an almost one man band machine Karsten Schwardt, who celebrates the live incarnation of his band with the release of this third album on Tunnel Audio. Described as Ďanti-gloss popí I find a lot of flavours to tempt my musical taste buds, along with easily digested riffs and some catchy lines. Brignall Wood adds instruments and vocals. This project began as a practical module for a university degree with two previous releases available only on the web. Although Karsten moved here in 1995 from Germany he sure has caught a good dose of Kiwi as evidenced in the brash almost out of tune vocals and DIY feel. Damage Done opens the bag with a short tease of what could be a rock song, leading on to a list with definite leanings towards classic Dunedin music, evident in catchy numbers like Jungle Out There and Take It From Me. I feel like Iím back in the í80s listening to that classic sound of Flying Nun.
 

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