A couple of weeks ago in London, I ran into these incredibly mystical creatures, nicest people ever, aka the “band” Ginger And The Ghost… well, ran into… As I was taggin’ along Dark North (US) playing The Finsbury (London), these guys were there aswell, pulling of a kick ass show that I think a lot of especially European (eeeespecially Nordic) artists would envy heavily. This encounter, made me think of all the great Australian and New Zealand music that had passed me by over the years. I almost forget myself where these bands come from and… ohh you ask: Does it matter? Well, yes it does indeed. Australian and New Zealand artists are more than other artists around the planet, very much excluded by default from a lot of things on a global scale. Are you a small time band in Napier (NZ) of lets say Warragul (AUS), chances are, despite your tremendous local and perhaps national success, you wil never make it abroad on tour. Try being 4 or 5, or even just 3 people having to cover that flight ticket back and forth. It’s not something you would wish upon your bandmates or spouses financially and even if you did once and barely survived, chances are you won’t be doing it again anytime soon.
What i am getting at? We Europeans and most Americans, got it sooooo good!. Spoiled little babies constantly crying about missed opportunities and not being able to tour more, when the facts are: We can go wherever, whenever, for very little money. In Scandinavia, Denmark particularly, artists even get funding left and right just for crossing the border into Germany, which is less than a few hundred kilometers away. And what hat do we get in return? Well, in my opinion, spoiled and lazy androgynes sounding bands, with a polished sound mostly.
But enough about money and quality already. Here’s some great, strange, bombastic, psychedelic and outrageous artists and bands from both Australia and New Zealand for ya to dwell on.
Orchestra Of Spheres (NZ)
Scott And Charlene’s Wedding (AUS)
Absolute Boys (AUS)
The Mint Chicks (NZ)
Planet Of The Tapes (NZ)
Secret Knives (NZ)
Decoder Ring (AUS)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra (NZ)
Ginger And The Ghost (AUS)