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Release Roundup: CHAII, Beastwars, King Ketchup, Erny Belle, Thee Golden Geese + More

Release Roundup: CHAII, Beastwars, King Ketchup, Erny Belle, Thee Golden Geese + More

Chris Cudby / Image: CHAII / Friday 22nd September, 2023 4:49PM

A jumbo-sized end of week roundup edition as we zoom towards the weekend. Revisit our coverage of Mermaidens, Ryan Fisherman, MACEY, Albi & The Wolves, Julian Temple Band and Brother Sister, and get amongst even more handpicked new local release goodies from CHAII, Beastwars, King Ketchup, Erny Belle, Thee Golden Geese, Crash Teslas, Piss Baby, Lizard Prom and Kirsten Morrell.

Iranian / Aotearoa superstar CHAII shared spellbinding choreographed visuals for her bumping new single 'MAIN THING', featuring production by Frank Keys and soprano sax courtesy of Jong-Yun J.Y Lee (Avantdale Bowling Club),  Don't miss CHAII Presents Persian Nights at Tāmaki Makaurau's The Mothership on 14th October — tickets available HERE.

Pōneke's almighty Beastwars dropped the fourth single from their forthcoming album of all-Aotearoa covers Tyranny of Distance, a demonically steamrolling rendition of Snapper's 'Emmanuelle' — from the latter group's 1990 album Shotgun Blossom. Limited edition vinyl LP preorders for the new record are now sold out, get tickets for their album launch tour HERE.

Following April's sterling single / video 'Gunmetal Grey', Tāmaki Makaurau garage punk / glam supergroup King Ketchup today gift us the whole sizzling shebang. Featuring members of New Telepathics, DHDFD’s, Scarlett Lashes, Cindy and Water, show King Ketchup your love at Tone Fest 2023 this Saturday at Whammy Bar (tickets HERE), and have a munch on their accurately named new album Hot Delicious.

Finalist for the 2023 Taite Music Prize and Auckland Live Best Independent Debut Award, Aimee Renata (Ngāpuhi) aka Erny Belle's star is on the rise. Experience 'Stay Golden', the dazzling first single and video from her forthcoming second album Not Your Cupid, launching on 10th November via Flying Nun Records.

Also garbed in metallic splendour, Thee Golden Geese today shared a rockin' ode to a topic close my own heart: 'Spend All My Money On Crap'. Is the accompanying clip the most ridiculous local music video of 2023?

The artist formerly known as Moppy, Crash Teslas is the new solo moniker of Thom Burton of Guardian Singles fame (amongst many more notable projects). Hear him sing "all your friends are fucking fake" on his vibed-out rendition of Aotearoa pop export BENEE's 'GREEN HONDA'.

Home to some of Aotearoa's finest rungus offerings, Razored Raw dropped Piss Baby's brain-mashing new Rest In Piss EP — squashing five insane tracks into just under ten minutes.

Launching a new EP in mid-October, Te Matau-a-Māui (Hawke's Bay) hypnotic doomgazers Lizard Prom set an atmospheric scene with their smouldering new single 'Unintentional'. Show them your support by heading along their EP launch events — nab Napier and Wellington tickets HERE via UTR.

Actually from last week, yet certainly notable for a later mention, Kristen Morrell of Goldenhorse made an auspicious return with her first new solo single in over a decade 'Strawberry Fool' — "a taster of more to come".

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Tone Fest 2023
Sat 23rd Sep 7:30pm
Whammy Bar + Backroom, Auckland
Lizard Prom Ep Release : Thanks For Everything I Had A Wonderful Time
Sat 14th Oct 8:00pm
Boneface Tavern, Wellington
CHAII Presents Persian Nights
Sat 14th Oct 9:00pm
The Mothership, Auckland
Beastwars - Tyranny of Distance NZ Album Tour
Thu 26th Oct 8:00pm
Last Place, Hamilton
Lizard Prom Ep Release: Thanks For Everything I Had A Wonderful Time
Fri 27th Oct 8:00pm
Paisley Stage, Napier
Beastwars - Tyranny of Distance NZ Album Tour
Fri 3rd Nov 8:00pm
The Loons, Lyttelton
Beastwars - Tyranny of Distance NZ Album Tour
Sat 4th Nov 8:00pm
The Crown Hotel, Dunedin