International News April 2019

April 3rd 2019
In this issue: NZ @ SXSW, CHAII, The Beths, Aldous Harding, LEISURE, Theia and more!

NZ @ SXSW 2019
We were very proud to see so many Kiwi acts on the SXSW line-up this year and contributing to the absolutely electric atmosphere in Austin, Texas. Performing this year were Emily C. Browning, Emily Fairlight, French For Rabbits, Hans., Jackie Bristow, Jonathan Bree, Robinson, Swallow The Rat, The Beths and The Chills. We have no doubt every act left the festival with more than a pocketful of new fans and with social media alight for each one of them.

The Chills went home with the 2019 Grulke Prize for Career Act - one of only three official prizes awarded by the festival - and understandably, as they wowed the crowds with their multiple live sets, and the SXSW Film Festival hosted the world premier of The Chills - The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps.   Rolling Stone covered the documentary of Phillipps' life saying "This is what a living legend looks and sounds like". Performance-wise, Brooklyn Vegan named them one of the 15 Best Sets they saw at SXSW, The Austin Chronicle said they "could've doubled the set list without a single clunker" and  Flagpole were fans of their appearance too. 

Stereogum did a write-up about catching The Chills, as well as Auckland band The Beths but Rolling Stone did them one better by naming both bands in their 30 Best Artists They Saw at SXSW.

The Beths played a short acoustic set for Paste Magazine upon their arrival in Austin. Eric Pulsifer of Austin 360 wrote a rave review of their show at Scoot Inn, saying "The Beths succeed where others belly flop". Nashville Scene enjoyed the same show, The Chicago Tribune named them one of the Best Up-and-Coming Artists that performed at SXSW and singer Liz Stokes was named in The Daily Beast's Powerful Women Who Ruled SXSW 2019.

GuitarGirl were also excited to catch Emily C. Browning and Emily Fairlight at SXSW, and All Things Loud included Jonathan Bree in their coverage of the festivals most intriguing artists.


Since the release of rapper CHAII's debut single 'Diggebasse (Enough)' at the end of February, the video has already garnered a whopping 1.2 million views! She's certainly captured an audience in Europe with Switzerland's Negative White, France's Iggy Magazine and the UK's Getintothis all featuring the track on their site. In North America, Earmilk and Tuned Up also both featured write-ups about the song, the latter calling 'Diggebasse (Enough)' "a freaking banger!" On this side of the world, you might see CHAII on MTV Australia, as she's been featured on their Upload Weekly Playlist, or on stage as she'll be in Sydney and Melbourne later this week.


The Beths
Even after a whopping ten performances at SXSW, the USA still can't get enough of The Beths. Byline Houston and Nashville Scene both had to get interviews with the band while they played out their third North American tour, and according to Loyola Phoenix and Bandsintown, this run of shows was a knock-out.

A stop at Sirius XM also saw The Beths perform a cover of 'Soul Meets Body' by US band Death Cab For Cutie, who they recently supported on their tour of Europe and the UK.

The Beths will be touring the UK and Europe next month then returning to North America at the end of June.  This 22-date US jaunt was announced with an exclusive Billboard piece, featuring an in-depth interview with songwriter & guitarist Liz Stokes and detailing the upcoming tour dates.


Aldous Harding
Between NPR naming the new single from Aldous Harding'The Barrel' as one of the Best Songs They Heard in February 2019, Mojo Magazine UK writing a feature about her, and Brooklyn Vegan naming her forthcoming album Designer as one of their most-anticipated albums of Spring 2019, we think it's safe to get excited for its release on 26 April.  Just some of the other outlets that have popped Designer on their 'anticipated' lists include Paste Magazine, The Vinyl Factory and The AV Club.

Aldous Harding will be back on the road again for the first time in over a year next week when she takes the stage at Rough Trade in New York City on 8 April at the top of her North American tour. She'll then head over for a solid run of headline and festival dates in Europe and the UK in May. Evidently she has many eager fans awaiting her return as all nine of her UK shows have already sold out!

For those who missed out on tickets, never fear - more dates have already been announced for the northern autumn.  The seven headline shows run from late November until early December, and include a performance at the historic Roundhouse Theater in London on 5 December.


LEISURE released not one, but two new tracks last month called 'The Hype' and 'Tied Up' in March. Both tracks were featured on City Soundcheck and the latter was featured on David Dean Burkhart's popular Youtube channel. The group recently returned from Australia where they sold out shows in Sydney and Melbourne, and will be playing a few shows in the UK and Europe next month!

In the meantime, check out their interview with Australia's Sticks & Stones.


Theia's recently dropped her new single 'Not Your Princess' and it's already been around the world. The track made the Spotify New Music Friday playlists in the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam and Denmark, the Apple Best Music of the Week playlists in Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany, Austria as well as a couple of playlists on both Amazon and Spotify in Canada.

Clash Magazine, Unheard Gems and Listen With Monger all wrote up thoughtful reviews of the song and Hypezine interviewed the star herself. 

Keep an eye out for Theia's new EP to be release on April 12!


Tiny Ruins
Not only did NPR name Olympic Girls, the latest album from Hollie Fullbrook aka Tiny Ruins, one of The Best New Albums from February 2019, Jambase also adored the album saying "[her] stories find themselves couched in a rich psych-folk instrumentation, adding another layer of hallucinogenic mindwander to the already superb songs."

Tiny Ruins is currently on tour in Europe, a tour that will conclude in Stockholm on 14 April. For an insight into tour life for Hollie, she recently spoke to Clash Magazine about being on the road.


Bits & Pieces

  • Australia's Beat Magazine published a glowing review of Wax Chattels' recent Melbourne.
  • Church & AP were featured on Complex Australia.
  • Robinson has been announced on the line-up for The Great Escape in the UK next month as well as the support act for Little Mix in Australia in July - with venue capacities averaging 15,000!



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