Auckland’s Autumn Splendour have carved out a unique niche for themselves in the local music scene – too lean and light on their feet for the post-hardcore/garage-rock bands, and too raw and strident for the chillwave/twee axis. Their songs are scrappy sprints (‘Toby’ clocks in under two minutes) that recall Half Japanese and the Modern Lovers and the Ramones as well as slightly more esoteric sources like Thee Headcoatees and God Is My Co-Pilot; I wouldn’t have picked it myself, but a friend seeing them live for the first time compared their tantrum-y energy to Die! Die! Die! and the Coolies, with Natasha Cantwell’s vocals splitting the difference between urgent chants and caterwauling. They’ve released a vinyl-only 7″ EP, recorded to tape by ex-bassist Alex Bennett and mastered by Karl Stevens from the Drab Doo Riffs (another Auckland band with a focus on live shows, house parties and vinyl releases), and they’ve a new batch of songs they’re looking to demo/record – if you want to hear the new tracks debuted live, they’re playing Auckland’s Whammy Bar on the 27th of May, and Wellington’s Mighty Mighty on June 4th.
From 2007, Real Groove magazine released four Awesome Feeling compilations, showcasing a diverse and exciting range of underground local talent. Real Groove may be gone, but we think there’s just as many exciting local acts worth a listen, so The Corner is putting out a fifth volume of Awesome Feeling with the support of Groove Guide. We’ll be revealing one new artist/track every weekday throughout May, and posting the entire compilation for download at the end of the month.