TEEN FORTRESS | New album – Learning – released 7 December

A tweet tonight from BANG BANG ECHE –  of just a URL – was all I needed to spike my curiosity. This is the band that along with T54 and the Transistors are the standouts on this years Chart Disc Vol. 4 – New School vs Old School (Indie Guitar Edition) produced by ChristchurchMusic.org.nz.

I wrote about Chart Disc Vol. 4 back in September here.

The link is to a FilterMagazine.com page (Cheers) announcing the upload to Bandcamp today of an album by TEEN FORTRESS Bang Bang Eche’s Zach Doney. This followed tweets earlier in the day from TEEN FORTRESS, you can follow and find out some inside information here twitter.com/teenfortress

You can download the album, Learning (Everything Has To End For Some Reason I Don’t Believe It) at Bandcamp or at the TEEN FORTRESS website.

I’m a great fan of Bang Bang Eche, and this bonus from TEEN FORTRESS has me smirking with good fortune. Cheers to Doney and his excess of energy. I love this kind of noisy carry-on. If you have heard Bang Bang Eche you will be familiar with Doney’s brash, reckless delivery and punkish attitude. Like Bang Bang Eche it is a sound that can verge on chaos but one that is elevated by its youthful swagger and sheer talent.

Teen Fortress – It’s Summertime, Let’s Only Go To Festivals


Pine – new album BOOKS AND MAGAZINES – launch gig

“Lowfi minimalistic riot music for quiet people,” so says Pine’s facebook description. That has to make you smile, particularly when these clever clogs make mighty fine music too.

Pine had intended to officially release their new album on September 4th with a home-town live showing followed by a label release on the 6th. Because of the Christchurch earthquake this was postponed until this coming Saturday, October 16th at Dux de Lux (9-11.30pm) www.facebook.com/event

Pine have recorded music since 2001 when Speeding their first EP was released, this was followed by the album Longplayer in 2002, the follow-up album Akira Sunrise in 2004 and the EP Twelve Hour Collision in 2007.

Pine's third album: Books & Magazines

Their record label, Arch Hill, wrote of their last album Akira Sunrise, as retaining: “much of the low-key chime and melodic charm of the bands previous releases, but there are also some new and additional sounds… a more fuzzed up hypnotic bass, loops, shimmering guitars and even a few songs longer than the previously favored two-minute pop snapshot.” With their third album out – Books and Magazines – can similar sentiments be used? Sure, add to the mix though some languid and lilting drums and bass, chiming guitars that chip in and out, vocals that sweep along songs of love and loss saying, ‘I’m right here,’ and all  done with a reverby, slightly melancholy air. Sweet.

You can download Books and Magazines for free at Bandcamp. There is also a limited edition vinyl pressing available.

PineBooks and Magazines (mp3 album)

Pine / Arch Hill have tagged Books and Magazines so: alt-country, arch hill, free range, arch hill recordings, books and magazines, pine, alternative, folktronica, indie, Auckland.

You can extend the Pine family with these free downloads at the Arch Hill website… bless ’em.

PineSmartest Kid (mp3 single)
from “Twelve Hour Collision EP”
(Arch Hill Records)

PineSeesaw (mp3 single)
from “Akira Sunrise”
(Arch Hill Records)

PineMake Way For The King (mp3 single)
from “Long Player”
(Arch Hill Records)

Pine are Stephen McCarthy (vocals, drums), Aaron Beehre (guitar), Hannah Beehre (keyboard)…  they can have the last word…”Come to the gigs on the next tour, buy the vinyl and download our new free album from Arch Hill in September and distribute to as many friends as possible so we can become their summer beach going song.”

Pine... piñata rescue... sweet