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KIWI DOWNLOAD - The Response

We're super stoked to support the new single from The Response - the song is Truth from Fiction, which we are featuring on the Kiwi Download below. We love their new album North of Nowhere and have a bunch of copies to giveaway over the next month or so. More from theresponsenz.com


Andrew and Victoria Knopp are the duo that make up Christchurch, New Zealand based indie-pop act, The Response.

Determined to faithfully translate their expansive albums from tape to stage, The Response have crafted a live show that utilizes every one of their limbs and will leave you wondering how two people can make so much noise

Their new album North of Nowhere builds on The Response's defining second album and finds a band at home in eclecticism, showcasing a sound that is fresh and varied.

Produced independently, all duties from writing, recording, mixing and mastering to artwork were undertaken by the resourceful pair.

The new album has sounds ranging from reverb drenched banjo to synth pop and fuzzed-out guitars, brought together by a strong song-writing voice drawing influence from dominant indie acts such as Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire and Sufjan Stevens.


Tenth Avenue North release Islands EP

Tenth Avenue North have released a surprise Islands EP. And even though they didn't tell anyone they were going to, the EP's landed in the top five of iTunes charts around the world (including NZ!)

The songs featured on the EP include lead single "No Man Is An Island," "Forgive Me," "Just Getting By," and a collaboration with rapper KB titled "For Those Who Can't Speak." The band clarified on twitter that they'll still be releasing a full-length album later this year. Click here to download on iTunes.


Satellites & Sirens Initiate Fan Cover Contest

Pop rockers Satellites & Sirens have announced a competition for their fans: to cover their hit track Jump Start My Heart.

In the wake of the single's unexpected success, a couple of the boys from the band took the time out to invite their fans to submit their own video recordings of the song.

The top 10 most viewed videos will be entered to win 1 of 5 prizes that include anything from shoes, live chats, autograph copies of One Noise or even performing their version of the song live on stage with the group.

The contest closes on September 1st, so get creating your own rendition!

Head here for the contest rules and watch the video of band members "Little" Dave and Geoff initiating the competition below.


Stephen Christian to release worship album

Stephen Christian, frontman of Anberlin, announced on the latest Bad Christian podcast that he will be releasing a worship album next year. He also talked about hard times on the road over the last 12 years.

Following pretty solid solo-worship releases from the likes of Aaron Gillespie (Underoath, The Almost) and Dustin Kensrue (Thrice), I think this should be pretty good!

NOTE: The Bad Christian podcast is pretty raw and uncut - the issues get serious and the language sometimes used could be offensive.


Announcing Cloud Festival 2015

Announced at Worship Experience II last weekend, Cloud Festival 2015 will be held at QBE Stadium in Auckland on January 24 next year.

Tickets are already on sale and start at $67 ($57 if you go in a group of 20+) but price go up a little bit every week so get them quick!

Rapture Ruckus has announced he'll be there - the rest of the lineup should be out soon. Check cloudfestival.co.nz for full details.



MxPx release acoustic collection

Yes, it's as good as you think it would be! Celebrating their 22nd anniversary, everyone's favourite punk back has released their first set acoustic songs in MXPX Acoustic Collection 12 tracks, featuring "Punk Rawk Show" from 1995, through to "Aces Up" from a couple of years ago. 

Mike Herrera explains, "This was a request record from our fans. We've been asked hundreds of times to release an acoustic album and we finally have complied, just in time for our 22nd anniversary milestone. Most of these I've been performing live acoustically for a while now, but I rearranged some of them specifically for this release, giving the songs a whole new perspective and feel. Although these are studio-quality performances, I really tried to keep the overall sound of the production reined in and focused on the crux of the songs. All the tracks are my favorite ones to do acoustically."

The album is out no on iTunes and Bandcamp.

UPDATE: There's also a sneaky demos collection released just on Bandcamp


NEEDTOBREATHE Live video series

NEEDTOBREATHE have started releasing a string of live performance videos, recorded in Studio A at the infamous Ocean Way Recordings in Calirfornia. This is the same room The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Radiohead, Tom Petty and more have used to record albums, and these videos from Needtobreathe look and sound awesome.

The Live Room Sessions Release Dates (US Time - so add a day for NZ) 
July 3 - State I'm In
July 10 - The Heart
July 17 - Wasteland
July 24 - Difference Maker
July 31 - Outsiders
August 7 - Devil's Been Talkin'
August 14 - Something Beautiful


Get all of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus free

Two great bits of news from The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus today: they've released their new album called 4, and it (along with all the rest of their music) is completely free! Sure you can go to iTunes and buy it (always good to support bands) but if you want it for free, it's all yours. Hit up redjumpsuit.com and click the button. Piece of cake.


Flyleaf dropped brand new single yesterday

Incase you missed it yesterday, Flyleaf have dropped a brand new single called Set Me On Fire. The band say the song was written after a few of the band read the first book in the Divergent series. 

"It is about facing your fears and experiencing the rush you feel when you have the passion to follow your dreams."

Check it out -

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