Banished Music, The Endless Scroll, and Under The Radar present: 
In association with Wotever Events

'The guitar playing, which is superb throughout, feels inextricably bound to the structure and shape of the melodies.'
★★★★ – MOJO
'He’s the hipster-friendly guitar slinger of the moment, in the spirit of John Fahey or Robbie Basho, with a lovely sun-glazed lilt to his fluid fingersmithery.'  ★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN
'By embracing the expanse, his music has gotten bigger, and more universal"
'So intimate and so mysteriously distant all at once'

On his first musical journey to New Zealand, New York-based guitarist and songwriter Steve Gunn will play four solo shows across the country. Former guitarist in Kurt Vile's The Violators as well as collaborator with Vile, Black Twig Pickers and Mike Cooper, Gunn will be bringing the personal and evocative new album Eyes On The Lines to New Zealand this July, as well as drawing from his significant and prolific catalogue of critically acclaimed solo, duo, and ensemble recordings. 

Thu July 13th - Auckland - Whammy Bar
with Oscar Dowling
Fri July 14th - Wellington - Caroline
with Ryan Prebble
Sat July 15th - Christchurch - Blue Smoke
with Candice Milner
Sun July 16th - Queenstown - Sherwood
with special guests

Tickets from Under The Radar


Holy shit and holy toledo!

Since the disbandment of his Auckland-based band New Gum Sarn in the summer of 2015, Oscar Dowling has found a voice of his own with his debut solo record Free and Easy, due out April 14th through Spunk Records / Banished Music and on cassette through Prison Tapes.

After catching the eye of Pitchfork with singles 'Ease My Passing' and album opener 'The Life' late last year, Dowling is now ready to showcase his full repertoire with Free and Easy. Recorded and mixed with Ben Lawson in Auckland, the album features local luminaries Steven Huf, Will Wood, Mason Fairey, and Sam Hamilton. Dowling recalls; "Ben Lawson heard me play at my neighbours wedding and later asked if I wanted some studio time at Red Bull. He gave me a week in between other projects and last minute I realised I didn't want to record solo and asked friends Steven Huf and Will Wood if they wanted to help me out. I'd seen both of them play with a lot of different people over the years and knew they could pull it off without much warning. I think we only practiced 3 times".
Opening for Aldous Harding last month for a slew of shows across New Zealand, Dowling is now preparing to head back out on the road for a headline tour of all major NZ cities. Dowling says of touring; "The band has changed a lot over the last two years with nine or ten different members passing through. For a while each time I played a show I was teaching somebody the whole set a few days before. It's been a very disjointed project over all, but I feel like it's finally coming together into something more solid.”

Scorching his way through Australia last winter for a headline show at the Tote and feature performance at Spunk Rock 2, Dowling's latest incarnation plan to re-convene for another trip across the Tasman in the coming months.

 Full track listing of Free and Easy is:

1. The Life [ STREAM ]
2. Ease My Passing [ STREAM ]
3. Sally Free and Easy
4. Human Connection
5. Fair Weather Friend
6. Cream and Peaches
7. Low Moon
8. The Circus
9. Rotten Apple
10. Motorway

April 21st - Whammy Bar, Auckland | April 27th – Darkroom, Christchurch
April 28th - Re:Fuel, Dunedin | April 29th – Caroline, Wellington

THE CHILLS, a New Zealand tour throughout the world!

Banished Music, Radio Hauraki and Under The Radar presents
Vigourous and Far-reaching New Zealand Tour, April/ May 2017
with special guest Anthonie Tonnon*

Out on the tar sealed and gravelly roads this April and May, legendary Dunedin pop group The Chills have announced their embarkation on a vigourous and far-reaching New Zealand tour. Stopping in major musical centres Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, as well as key outreaches such as Whanganui, Paekakariki, Queenstown, Napier, Raglan, Mount Maunganui, and including a performance in Invercargill as part of the Southland Arts Festival.

Fronted by the rare talent of Martin Phillipps, The Chills were originally formed in 1980 and had a revolving cast of band members with Phillipps remaining the only constant. His knack for writing fantastic pop songs led to chart hits back home and a cult following around the world. With early releases via the legendary NZ label Flying Nun, The Chills produced a number of critically acclaimed recordings such as the single “Pink Frost” (their first hit) from the compilation album Kaleidoscope World and “Wet Blanket” from the LP Brave Words.

At the height of their success John Peel invited them in for a number of BBC sessions (1985/1987/1988) which were released for the first time late last year. They released the album Submarine Bells in 1990, where their single, “Heavenly Pop Hit” garnered much international praise and press. The band returned to NZ as national heroes and proceeded to release several more albums including Soft Bomb and Sunburnt.

With a few years hiatus due to health problems, Martin picked up The Chills again in ’99 and throughout the 00’s playing shows around the world and reaching a wider audience and gaining a cult following.

The energy of their live performances is the central reason why The Chills are remembered fondly in all thirty-nine of the countries that they have thus far visited. It’s the combination of this and the consistent quality of their songs which have established The Chills as one of the most well-known New Zealand groups to date - particularly in the US,UK and Europe.

The highly anticipated new album (the first in almost 20 years) ‘Silver Bullets’ was released on 30th October 2015 on Fire Records to critical applause, and in June 2016 the band went on to play Primavera Festival, Spain and sold out New York City and London shows. Soon after, their jangling, iconic masterpiece 'Kaleidoscope World' was re-released with additional tracks on Flying Nun on double gatefold vinyl to universal critical acclaim.

The Chills are: Martin Phillipps (Guitar/Vox), James Dickson (Bass/Backing Vocals), Todd Knudson (Drums/Backing Vocals), Erica Scally (Guitar/Keyboards/Violin/Backing Vocals) and Oli Wilson (Keyboards/Backing Vocals).

Banished Music, Radio Hauraki and Under The Radar present
The Chills Vigorous and Far-reaching New Zealand tour
With support from Anthonie Tonnon*

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Banished Music announces DICTAPHONE BLUES NZ TOUR

It's been just over two years since the release of Mufti Day, an album that featured the four alt radio hit singlesLance's Tape, Her Heart Breaks Like A Wave, Cryptic Lipstick and 365 (feat. Emily Edrosa). For Auckland indie guitar pop merchants Dictaphone Blues, it's been nearly as long since the band hit the road too, so to finish of the kiwi summer in hip fashion, that's exactly what they're going to do. Songs old and (a few) new will be aired as the band gear up for a busy 2017.

The last 18 months has seen Dictaphone Blues singer-songwriter Edward Castelow busy producing recordings for other acts in his Mezzanine Studio in Mt. Eden. Dad Jokes, Bryony Matthews, The Conjurors, Blazing Shade, Borneo, Lacuna, Black Science and Thee Rum Coves have all been through and recorded either albums or EPs, keeping Ed's appetite for recording whet while not focusing on his own songs. 

Come the end of 2016, some new material emerged from the aural realms and Ed set about demoing these new ideas. These new songs made it into the hands of revered UK producer Dave Eringa (The Who, Manic Street Preachers, Idlewild and Kylie Minogue) who will be working alongside Ed in the production of a new record.

Catch the band at a venue near you this March: 

Thursday 2nd March: Blue Smoke, Christchurch w/ Best Bets
Friday 3rd March: Refuel, Dunedin w/ Salad Boys
Saturday 4th March: Nostalgia Festival, Christchurch. 
Friday 10th March: AUSA Orientation in Albert Park, Auckland (Day Show)
Friday 10th March: Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Leigh w/ Herriot Row
Saturday 11 March: The Cabana, Napier w/ Special guests
Thursday 16th March: The Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Fantis Atlantis (AUS)

Banished Presents THE VEILS, NZ TOUR, SUMMER 2017

Yes oh yes, oh hell yes.

Hot on the heels of the release of their blistering fifth album, Total Depravity , The Veils announce their first tour of New Zealand since 2013. With a powerful set of new songs, and a hand-picked collection of support acts from NZ’s finest (including Dunedin luminaries The Chills; Christchurch troubadour & Noir Protagonist Delaney Davidson; and Napier noise-merchants Queens Of Beauty School), The Veils are set to return South in a blaze of glory.

Tuesday January 30th - The Cabana, Napier + Queens Of Beauty School
Friday February 2nd - Blue Smoke, Christchurch + Delaney Davidson
Saturday February 3rd - Refuel, Dunedin + The Chills
Sunday February 4th - The Sherwood, Queenstown


Since the band premiered Axolotl, the first track from the album, with Pitchfork back in June, anticipation has built steadily for the record co-produced by El-P (Run The Jewels) and Atom Greenspan, and since its release Total Depravity has received unanimous and glorious praise worldwide.

Their latest single Low Lays The Devil was premiered by both NME and Zane Lowe’s Beats1 show, and was championed by Steve Lamacq heading straight on to the prestigious BBC 6 Music’s Playlist.

Being based in London we don’t get to tour NZ nearly enough, but that only makes this all the more special. These shows are going to be insane, I can feel it. It’s a homecoming - there’s nothing else quite like it.” says lead singer Finn Andrews.

Lurid, intense & poetic … Total Depravity is a stunning, utterly individual listen.” - CLASH

Like savage collisions of Bowie, Nick Cave and Nine Inch Nails" - UNCUT  

The Veils most complete and satisfying work to date” - RECORD COLLECTOR

Total Depravity offers an incredibly cohesive yet twisted and decaying ride through the dusty aberrant Bible belt of Americana” - NZ HERALD


We are very excited to welcome Dave Weir to Banished music. You may recognise him from The Nightshades, Te Huhu and New Gum Sarn, but now Dave has emerged flying solo with his first single, 'Sweet Lily White'. The slinky 60s feel warms you like a hot water bottle, and is the first taste of the Food For Thought EP, due out on Banished this winter.  'Sweet Lily White' has already climbed its way into the 95bfm Top 10, and is a sweet alt-country pop ditty that we can not stop playing. Check it.


The Sydney-based 5 piece of true Aussie battlers, Borneo have opted to become part of the Banished music stable. With a sound akin to Mental As Anything having a cup of tea with DEVO on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, we welcome them with open arms and are hugely excited about their debut EP due for release in late 2016.

Their debut single 'Eating Animals' has leapt across the Tasman garnering great support from alt radio stalwarts Fbi in Sydney and the BNet network throughout New Zealand.

The video is below for your viewing pleasure. Keep an eye on this band.

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We just figured, we have two incredible albums coming out in October, why the hell not release them on the same day. So mark October 11th in your cute little diaries for Mountaineater‘s debut self-titled behemoth is coming at you like a cannon shot, and Bond Street Bridge‘s magnificent and beautiful concept album The Explorers Club Antarctica arrives. With stories and songs telling the tales of Capatin Scott, Ernest Shackleton and the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration.