Wellington's Homegrown Talent

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Over the course of May Wellington's City Gallery has played host to an exhibition called 'Radio With Pictures'. The exhibition on display in the Michael Hirschfeld Gallery has been showcasing some of Wellington's finest up and coming musicians. On constant rotation are a number of recent music videos using a range of different cinematic techniques. Lining the walls are some of the creative images we know as album art.
My post today contains some of those music videos. Not everyone lives in Wellington so I've decided to share part of the exhibition with you all. I'll also post a selection of songs from some of my favourite local musicians.

First we have a video from Mestar. Formed in 1998 in Dunedin, Mestar won critical acclaim for their debut album titled Mestar. After two more releases in 2000 and 2002 the band moved to Wellington. In 2006 they released Shut the Squizwot Factories Down, this video for the song 'Konked Out' was designed and produced by band member John White.

Next up is a song from Charlie Ash. 'O' Baby' features on the recently released Can Can EP. The song won several awards, including 'Overall Best Concept' at the 2006 Handle The Jandle Video Music Awards. I don't have that video for you today but here is the album art and the song.

Charlie Ash- O' Baby: MP3

And know another Video, this time it's Luke Buda. The Charismatic front man of the Phoenix Foundation has worked on his own solo project for a while now and the results were magic. In 2006 he released Special Surprise which saw him nominated for Best Vocalist in last years B-Net awards. This video is for the title track 'Special Surprise'.

Cut Off Your Hands didn't feature in the exhibition but they deserve recognition. Starting out in Wellington the band quickly rose to fame playing gigs at Happy. They soon relocated to Auckland to pursue bigger and more illustrious projects. 'You And I' is the first song released by the band, and to date remains a staple of the New Zealand Indie sound.

Cut Off Your Hands- You And I: MP3

The final video is from Connan and the Mockasins and has featured on this blog before. Now living in London, the band has received rave reviews from BBC Radio and NME. NME even compared them to The Beatles and said Connan plays guitar like Hendrix. This video is for 'There Goes Tane' and was shot in London.


At 10:00 PM, May 27, 2007, Blogger Nima said...

Awesome, thanks for the post.

Luke Buda rocks!

Love & Peace,

At 10:12 PM, May 27, 2007, Blogger Nick Fulton said...

Thanks Nima

At 9:15 AM, May 28, 2007, Blogger Nima said...

Do you know any posts/good videos from the Phoenix Foundation?


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