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    • January 7, 2008 5:22 PM CST
    • From Lindsay Hutton's Next Big Thing Blog: The esteemed Antipodean info-portal is now a label and what better way to kick off such a venture than with Chris Masuak’s current outfit. I know that most of you folks of a certain vintage are familiar with this guy’s guitar slinging prowess. However, there may be readers that fell by here by accident so let’s address that possibility. Chris is the Australian Ross The Boss and Scott Kempner sort of rolled into one. His work with The Hitmen (Shock has just reissued two sets to prove it) and Radio Birdman is the stuff of legend. Heck, he was even on the Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom album. We’re not dealing with chopped liver here. Several generations of rock’n’roll kudos are wrapped up in all this. Old and in the way but positively bustling with that trademark stringbending. “Recipe for Disaster” takes place in the good old Four Winds bar. A tale of a bona fide catastrophe. “The Straight Path” is a head-banging example of a man wearing his indulgences well. It might introduce younger folks to these at the same time as it pushes the buttons for those of us who miss those rolls in the thunder. BOC fans will find much to transport them back to their old haunt. Screamin’ dizbuster cocktails all round. The place where this would work most effectively is presumably in a club, louder than hell in a churchlike environment. The surf/metal cut and shut of “Gershwin May Consider” is a prime example of what is and always shall be the holy grail of our raison d'être here at this cyber rag.

    • January 2, 2008 6:59 AM CST
    • Cool! I'll be sure to catch you this time 'round.

    • December 30, 2007 5:44 PM CST
    • Ms Springolator pretty much said it all! there's Boss Christ as well. New Zealand has a great history of bands and especially Garage stuff. Recently there was a concert of reformed 60's bands playing and it was amazing!
      We're coming back to Oz! maybe the U.S soon too...

    • December 28, 2007 8:27 PM CST
    • Can't tell you about any current Kiwi bands but I have always been a big fan of the Gordons and Bailter Space for that almost No wave noise they produce.
      Head Like A Hole, The D4 also have spent a bit of time on my turntable. Gimme some time and I reckon a few more bands will spring to mind.

    • December 24, 2007 3:50 AM CST
    • PS I forgot to say that Antipodean Screams Vol 2 (Off the Hip) has nearly all of these bands on the comp, plus a whole swag of Australian goodies.

    • December 18, 2007 9:29 AM CST
    • Great, thanks!

    • December 11, 2007 10:42 AM CST
    • Is there a big scene for garage rock and related noise from here? Just curious... I always hear of great bands from Oz, but I wasn't sure about New Zealand.

    • December 16, 2007 10:20 AM CST
    • Saw the "Hitmen" at the Gaelic club in Surry Hills Saturday 15th December, enjoyed the night greatly, Johnny Kannis was on fire. Looking forward to more show's in the future, Great night of Rock n Roll.