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Listen To Tidal Rave's Debut Album 'Heart Screams'

Pōneke six-piece Tidal Rave have at last revealed their debut album “Heart Screams”, following through on the winning promise of recent singles ‘FOMO’, ‘Dark Wizard’ and ‘Slow/ Fast’. Showcasing nine garage-pop tunes overflowing with jangly guitars and vintage organ sounds, the team of Emmie EllisEsther Gedye TaylorKristen PatersonAnn-Marie KeatingFrank Eggleton and Scott Hakkaart‘s record conjures a windswept gothic mystique reminiscent at times of The Terminals, while kicking up a storm and tugging at heart strings on such rollicking numbers as ‘Speed Of Sound’ and the title track. You can join Tidal Rave celebrating their album’s release at this Sunday’s absolutely rammed Newtown Festival.


The Wellington based six-piece band Tidal Rave continues a New Zealand (and Australasian) tradition of dark, compelling guitar and keyboard lead garage rock.

‘Heart Screams’ is out now digitally and on limited edition compact disc via Fishrider Records.

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Wellington based six-piece band Tidal Rave continues a New Zealand (and Australasian) tradition of dark, compelling guitar and keyboard lead garage rock. There’s something slightly claustrophobic and unsettling at times about the churning dense weave of the three guitars and bass backed by ghostly organ and insistent drum pulse.

Add the character provided by the interchange between three songwriter-guitarist-vocalists, one with distinctive vibrato reminiscent of The Terminals’ ominous baritone proclamations, and it’s possible to imagine this album as the product of another era.

Tidal Rave started out of bedroom jam sessions in a Nikau St flat in the inner-Wellington suburb of Newtown, developing into 6-piece band which released a self-titled EP in 2017 and toured NZ and Melbourne, Australia.

“Heart Screams” is the band’s first album. The 9 tracks by guitarist-songwriters Ellis, Gedye Taylor, and Paterson, woven together with backing vocals by keyboard player Keating, are alternately dark and euphoric; universal themes touching on inner hopes and anxieties, external threats (real and imagined), all set against the monotony of day to day living in the narrow streets of NZ’s wind-rattled capital city.

Tidal Rave include members of Sweaty Betty, Kittentank, Echo Beach and Housewitches in a stellar lineup that features no less than three women playing loud guitars, driven by a tight rhythm section. With all the hallmark melody, chime and squall of excellent indie rock.

Releases February 28th, 2020

Emmie Ellis (vox and guitar), Esther Gedye Taylor (vox and guitar), Kristen Paterson (vox and guitar), Ann-Marie Keating (vox and keys), Frank Eggleton (bass), Scott Hakkaart (drums).

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Heavy psychedelic / fuzz band who formed in 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand.  A male/female two-piece who play loud, energetic, disorientating songs, often with space and/or occult themes.  What do you get if you cross Black Sabbath with Stereolab?  Fuck knows, but listen to this Primitive Prog -it’s crazy cosmic jack!

This could well end up being a lot of peoples favourite album of the year – people whose twin loves are heavy fuzz and fantasy sci-fi…Sometimes music is supposed to feel weird and indescribable. It’s the moments of clarity within the dense, sonic mess that often feels the most satisfying. That’s the space that Earth Tongue occupy. At times, their songs are shrill and disorientating, other times their reverb-washed textures and instantly-familiar hooks can wrap you in a warm, loving embrace.

Now that is a good description, from the bands press release.  Another two piece band -drums and guitar, re-writing the rules and making Prog-influenced music sound simultaneously pop and primitive.

Named after a glutinous fungus (Glutinoglossum glutinosum) Earth Tongue consists of two earthlings:- Gussie Larkin (guitar – a master of the fuzz-smothered riff) and Ezra Simons (stunning, off-kilter drums). Both sing.  Their debut Portable Shrine EP was self-released in New Zealand but Floating Being is released this via Bristol (UK)  based independent label Stolen Body Records – home of a load of cool international bands.

Taken from the album Floating Being out on Stolen Body Records.

Earth Tongue embrace the imperfections in their playing and recording – drawing influence from early 70s psych and prog rock. The last thing they wanted was to create a shiny, over-produced record – with that in mind, they recorded the drums to an old 8-track Tascam reel-to-reel in a friend’s garage in Melbourne. The result is a punchy, raw and fuzzy journey into psych-rock with songs that weave between melodic and jarring. Unexpected twists and turns leave the listener in a disorientated yet satisfying haze.

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Emily Fairlight is a poet and a songwriter. She describes her own music style as introspective alternative folk, written with a rock ‘n’ roll heart. Others have compared her sound to Natalie Merchant, P.J. Harvey, Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) and Cat Power.

Her voice ranges from the most intimate of whispers to the strongest of wails, delivering beautiful and honest lyrics with heartfelt melodies. Emily has been composing and performing for over a decade now, and in this time has played throughout New Zealand, Australia and the USA. Her third and most recent trip to the USA saw her record her sophomore album with Doug Walseth of The Cat’s Eye Studio in Austin, Texas, featuring some incredible Texan musicians including Cully Symington (Bright Eyes and Okkervil River) and multi-instrumentalist Kullen Fuchs.

Emily Fairlight writes both poems and lyrics, and you can tell. The New Zealand singer/songwriter makes music that feels purposefully introspective and intimate, the kind of thing you might listen to alone in the kitchen or with a few friends on the couch, but not too many friends—you’ll want to keep these sounds and words to yourself. She released a thoughtful new album, “Mother of Gloom”, in 2018, which landed her a spot as a showcasing artist at this year’s South By Southwest festival in March 2019.

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Mermaidens are a three-piece outfit from Wellington, New Zealand, who are defined by intricate and unique songwriting, and a hypnotic live synergy.

Drawing inspiration from bands like Warpaint, Fugazi, Exploded View and Sleater-Kinney, Mermaidens’ sound offers a mesmerising dip into the realms of post-punk and psych where warm harmonies and dreamy, hypnotic lyrics, entwine with dark and moody riff-based melodies.

Taken from the forthcoming album Perfect Body, which is due out on 4th August via Flying Nun,