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Here's Five: The D4 Share Their Favourite New Zealand Garage Punk Bands

Here's Five: The D4 Share Their Favourite New Zealand Garage Punk Bands

Friday 16th February, 2018 4:32PM

Auckland garage rock trailblazers The D4 are back in action after way too long, launching into their long-awaited New Zealand tour with a show in Raglan tonight. No strangers to bringing it live, they'll also be tearing up stages alongside equally legendary Hamilton rock powerhouses The Datsuns for two sure-to-be kick ass shows, and are playing at Auckland City Limits 2018 in early March. In celebration of the Auckland group's return to active duty, we asked them to reflect on their personal local inspirations in kicking out the jams on a daily basis. The D4's Dion Lunadon kindly complied, here's five killer tunes expertly selected by Lunadon who also provided brief words on each artist...

1. La De Das - 'How Is The Air Up There'

A New Zealand classic. These 60's punks comment on the high society.


2. Chants R&B - 'Neighbour Neighbour'

Oh to be able to go back in time and check this out face to face at The Stage Door where Chants R & B were the resident band.

3. The Cavemen - 'Dog On A Chain'

The new school of NZ garage punks taking it overseas.

4. Bloodbags - 'Talking Apes'

Andrew Tolley has his own distinctive style of guitar playing/singing and I like it. He's stuck to it... because it's honest and it's his!

5. Darcy Clay - 'Jesus I Was Evil'

One of the best EPs recorded anywhere, anytime. Darcy was a true original and this has stood the test of time.

You can catch The D4 live touring throughout Aotearoa this summer, see below for more info...


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The D4
Thu 1st Mar
Nivara Lounge, Hamilton
The D4
Fri 2nd Mar
Kaipara Tavern, Auckland
Auckland City Limits 2018
Sat 3rd Mar
Western Springs, Auckland
The Datsuns + The D4
Thu 8th Mar
San Fran, Wellington
The Datsuns + The D4
Fri 9th Mar
The Cabana, Napier
The D4
Sat 10th Mar
Smash Palace, Gisborne