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Album deal for City of Souls

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Prog rockers City Of Souls have signed a deal with Australian label Wild Things Records.

The six-piece Auckland bred outfit – who also recently struck a management deal with Tom Larkin at VVV Management –have also just released a new single ‘Wolf’, which provides a first taste of their highly anticipated debut album due later this year.

Eli Chamravi, head of Wild Thing Records. is delighted about signing City Of Souls to the label.

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Dead Set: Villainy interview

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They certainly didn’t sound it, but Villainy reckons they were pretty green when they released their debut album Mode.Set.Clear back in 2012.

So while there haven’t actually been any changes to the band line-up for their second album, front man Neill Fraser sees their sophomore set Dead Sight as being the product of Villainy 2.0.

“When we made the first record we’d only played a handful of shows,” he explains. “This time around we’ve done numerous tours of both New Zealand and Australia as well as festival slots and supports. We’re a much tighter unit and you can hear that on the record.”

Working once again with producer, Shihad’s Tom Larkin, at his Melbourne studio, Dead Sight is certainly a leaner and meaner affair that also boasts a rawer, more aggressive sound, whether it be punchy anthems like ‘Syria’ or the almost punk thrash of track such as ‘No Future’.

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Cairo Knife Fight: Nick Gaffaney interview

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One of New Zealand’s best drummers, Nick Gaffaney has recorded and performed with a diverse line-up of artists, including Dimmer, Anika Moa, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Scribe and Joel Haines.

In 2001, Gaffaney took up an artist in residence position at the Darpana Academy of the Performing Arts in Ahmedabad, India, a posting which set him on the path to making his own music.

He formed Cairo Knife Fight in 2009 and working with a revolving cast of musicians, the band has since issued two EPs and now their debut long player, The Colossus, which boasts an impressive line-up of collaborators.

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