“Here comes your band…”

The iconic and legendary Pixies are well and truly back and we are giving away tickets for their Christchurch show on 9 March.

In 2014 they returned from a 23 year hiatus amid much anticipation with their comeback album Indie Cindy, which was met with thunderous applause & critical acclaim (…from myself, at least!) and if they’d stopped there I would’ve felt completely satisfied as a lifelong fan. Having waited since 1991 for an album of new material (Trompe le Monde), it’s clear that they’ve picked up right where they left off – melodic, lyrical, grunty, and with bucket loads of their signature explosiveness.

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Pixies 2017 lineup. Image supplied.

It’s now the early stages of 2017, they’ve got a new bass player (Paz Lenchantin), and I’m stoked to be readying myself to see them live right here in Christchurch, on Thursday, 9 March at Horncastle Arena, as they tour their latest album Head Carrier.

Released late last year, Head Carrier is yet another example of their signature sound and songwriting styles, and if you’ve never heard them before then this album is well worth a listen if you like bands such as The Stone Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, or even The Jesus & Mary Chain – another 1990s indie band due to make a comeback this year.

If you’re keen to win a double pass to the Christchurch Pixies show just answer the simple question on our competitions page.

Good luck and see you on the night!

Celebrating Bogan Rock music

I’d hate for another May Music Month at Christchurch City Libraries to pass me by where I haven’t shared my love for Bogan Rock. Found on Fordforums.com.au: The Definition of a Bogan – Australian Ford Forums:

“Bogan rock” is an umbrella term for several artists and genres that commonly includes some elements of psychedelia, heavy metal, Big-Hair Rock, or, in Australia, nearly any Australian rock band from the 1970s and 1980s. In 2000 a Bogan Rock Festival was held in rural Victoria to some critical and financial success, suggesting that the term’s derogatory power is becoming eroded.In Australia, it is generally accepted that if a bogan national anthem were to exist it would be the 1980’s Jimmy Barnes/Cold Chisel classic, “Khe Sanh”, however due to the immense influence that Australian Rules Football has on bogan culture, the song “Holy Grail” by Hunters and Collectors must not avoid consideration. In Melbourne ‘Run to Paradise’ by the Choirboys is generally considered the ultimate bogan anthem. In New Zealand, “Bliss” (a.k.a. “Drink Yourself Wobbly”) by Th’ Dudes or most songs by The Exponents hold comparable favour among the bogan population.

I had the ‘lucky’ opportunity to live in Western Australia between the tender ages of 15 and 29 and was exposed to bogan culture and bogan rock by school mates at Bon Scott’s high school in Fremantle, Perth. If you don’t know who Bon Scott is then you can definitely not count yourself as a bogan. Bon Scott was the most favoured singer of ACDC until, like a lot of rock stars, he died by alcohol. Whether you proudly wear your black rock band t shirt daily, or like me are a bogan in disguise, you will surprised how much resources our library has. We have CDs, DVDs, biographies on your rock heroes, music scores to learn those riffs,

Bogan resources in our library catalogue:

A few of my  favourite rock bands and our libraries resources on them:

 

May Music Month at Christchurch City Libraries has a variety of performances.