GPOGP perform at Dunedin's Crown Hotel tonight. Photo
GPOGP stands for a pretty attention-grabbing band name,
but since the ODT
is a family publication, we'll have to
stick to acronyms herein.
Attention-grabbing though, is a pretty well-suited term to
describe the Auckland four-piece outfit.
Playing a disquieting, claustrophobic, and to many
''difficult'' form of noisy avant-post-punk, the group led by
vocalist/songwriter/artist Casey Latimer has just released
its second album/book, Eeling, and will make an appearance at
the Crown Hotel tonight. Latimer says the introspective and
haunting work is a step up from their 2011 debut album.
With the band more focused, patient, and decisive in their
writing and editing process, the result is, Latimer says, a
more cohesive finished product. And sonically, it shows.
Across Eeling, the dissonant atonalities, inventive rhythms,
and Roland S. Howard-style guitar riffs certainly aren't
always immediately gratifying, but given a chance, it's an
album that can take listeners on a dark rewarding journey,
filled with unfamiliar sounds and styles.
Tied strongly to the group's musical output is their artwork,
created by band members Latimer and drummer Catherine
Cumming, alongside former collaborator Alex Brown, of
Auckland pop-punk trio Street Chant.
Following in the footsteps of their last release, a
collection of this work, alongside transcripts of Latimer's
poetic lyrics, serves as a physical accompaniment to the
album, and will be available for purchase at the show.
Since1999, Vorn Colgan has been releasing well-received
independent albums and building a small but fanatical
following on the back of touring with his live band, all
without the support of a major label or funding from NZ on
A deft pop-songwriter with a habit of commenting on the more
depressing elements of the modern era, Vorn will present fans
with an opportunity to hear some tunes from his seventh
studio album with two Dunedin shows next week.
GPOGP play at the Crown Hotel, Rattray St, Dunedin, tonight,
with support from Opposite Sex, Astro Children, and Beiamin.
First band starts at 9.30pm. Entry $10 on the door. GPOGP
will also appear at Mou Very (George St) on Sunday night for
an early show.
Vorn performs on Thursday, February 14, at Chick's Hotel,
Port Chalmers, and Friday, February 15, at the Coronation
Hall in Maori Hill.
Dunedin folk trio Delgirl will provide support for both