For the past handful of years, New Zealand has been cultivating groups exploring the intersections of metal, shoegaze and kraut/post-rock. Worshipping at the altar of doomy, sludgy, and LOUD music, there’s the website stonerdoom.co.nz, bands like Auckland’s Somme and Evil Ocean/Pseudorobustus, Wellington’s Detrytus, and Palmerston North’s Robin.
Formed in 2010 by sisters Jemma and Katie Cheer, the duo’s first show was at legendary Palmerston North venue The Stomach, and they’ve played frequently in Wellington both at events like the Zinefest afterparty and Two Piece Fest as well as Bodega and the San Francisco Bath House. Showing that a rising tide of riffs lifts all boats, Wellington’s Beastwars hooked Robin up with support slots at Wanganui’s Space Monster last year, and at San Fran for their sold-out second album fundraiser show this year.
Robin cite bands like Pelican, Neurosis, Baroness, Isis, Russian Circles and Doomriders as inspirations. In addition to metal, their instrumentals recall both the Palmerston North swampiness of Lung and Skeptics, and Kiwi hermits like Alastair Galbraith, Roy Montgomery, and Peter Jefferies – there’s the deliberation in the way their riffs are wrung out, the way their tracks compress a hypnotic chug into circa three minute sketches rather than more conventional epics, and the evocation of landscape (as well as ‘Through The Forest’, their track titles include ‘Out To The Sea’ and ‘From The Ground’).
‘Through The Forest’ is taken from March’s Always Different EP, which re-records the tracks off 2011′s Away From The Forest, Out To The Sea. Both EPs are available for free on Bandcamp, and they hope to write and record a full-length album this year, as well as play some shows in Auckland.
From 2007, Real Groove magazine released four Awesome Feeling compilations, showcasing a diverse and exciting range of underground local talent. The Cornerdecided to pick up on that for the fifth volume and we’re back again for round six. 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.