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FOALS


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My mate suggested Foals to me when we were in year 13, which would have been around the release of their fourth album ‘What Went Down’ way back in 2015. He said he’d make me an irresistible playlist that would have me hooked from the moment I listened, a new favourite band he promised me. I was keen, of course. As a little suburban white kid why would I not want to expand my indie/art/math/alternative/post rock listening sphere? Well, the playlist never came, my mate went to live in Wellington and I never ended up listening to Foals, a trend which continued until, well, this last Friday night. It’s not unusual for me to go to a gig completely blind on an artist, but there was something about going into Foals which felt a little different. It’s clear they have an extremely dedicated fanbase, half of the crowd seemed to know 90%+ of the lyrics (something I can’t say I know about my favourite artists), which was made even more impressive considering the 1 hour 40 minute setlist. This show was for the fans, not bandwagoners like me. Yet despite being a Foals noob, I still had a really good time. It’s certainly not music that’s difficult to get into upon first listen, and it helped that that most of their tunes are danceable as heck. And the musicianship, damn, Foals are a tight band. Often seamlessly transitioning from one song to another, it sometimes felt like a single polished jam session. The single song I knew beforehand, about not having someone’s number (turns out it’s understandably called My Number) was a highlight for me, although there were plenty of other tunes I didn’t recognize that made the night special. The town hall is absolutely perfect for gigs like this. The reverb gifted by the great hall wrapped the sound in a warm blanket which really enhanced the sound of the band’s more atmospheric tracks. Aesthetically, there’s something pretty cool about watching a high-energy alt. rock band dressed in short sleeve Hawaiian shirts with fake ferns as stage decoration play in a 100-year-old baroque-style concert chamber. But hey, when is the town hall not subject to a clash of worlds like this these days?

The crowd was as sweaty and danced out as they could have been when the show finished. As I waited for my posse at the entrance, I happened to spy the face of my mate who’d failed to make me that playlist all those years ago. Funnily enough, that was the first thing he yelled out as an apology when he saw me. He was as sweaty and red faced as anyone else, and he was absolutely frothing the gig. Who knows how big a Foals fan I could have been by now if I’d had that proper earlier exposure? Ah, well, better start some time I guess.

- Buster Darragh Major

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I always enjoy starting the night off, dancing my heart out! And Daffodils are brilliant at getting a crow to do just that. When I found out that my mates were opening for FOALS, I got so excited for them! Playing a sold-out show at Auckland's Town Hall and opening for an international band, is no easy feat, but Daffodils deserved every minute of it.

- Madeleine Brighouse-Mayo (Images included)

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Openside + Friends


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Diversity, Love, Strength and Being your true self. This is what comes to mind when thinking about who Openside are and the message they are spreading. I'm proud that New Zealand is where such exciting, empowering and boundary pushing music is happening.

I've seen Openside many times over the years from ACL, Tuning Fork, Armageddon to the Big Gay Out. They have a way about them that creates a safe space to be young, dance, sing and go crazy, all while being yourself. Their show at Hollywood Avondale the other week reminded me so much of when I was underage and starving for music, going along to every all age gig I could find. This show was such a great environment. You had the parents taking their eight olds, the sixteen to eighteen-year-olds going crazy in the mosh and the oldies like me dancing at the back and singing our lungs out (haha all while still trying to look cool). Rainbows were everywhere and everyone had a smile on their face.

The line up for this show could not have been a better showcase of young and upcoming talent. You've got Foley who are just rocking it and looking fab at the same time. Classic Daffodils with their gloomy synth-pop vibe. Ashy with her great stage presence, unfortunately I arrived too late into her set to get photos sorry folks. But here are the photos I did get.

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Daffodils Live @ Laneway 2019


I hung with the band before their show, and as we walked backstage with 30 mins to go, I don't see a soul waiting in site. Next minute its show time and the band is being called out, and I leave for the photography pit. I enter to find a huge crowd, I couldn't begin to tell you how deep or how many were there, but it was full. So proud to know these guys! And they absolutely nailed their set!

They are easily the hottest young band in town at the moment!

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Daffodils X Laneway 2019


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I was so excited when I found out that these guys were playing at Laneway!

Go check these guys out when your at St Jerome's Laneway Festival and if you're not going for their music, go for Jade!

Heres little Q&A with Theo Salmon, Daffodils' lead guitarist and vocalist:

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What is the most annoying interview question that you get asked?

How to describe our sound! I find it so difficult to answer that one. Or the one about the name too.

Oops well I’m soon gonna ask you both.

What is one song that best represents who you are? What song best describes your fears, hopes, beliefs, who you are at your core…

I feel like this definitely changes every day! But probably All My Friends by LCD Soundsystem; that one always stays with me.

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Would Daffodils have the same song to represent it as a band? Or another song?

Oh man, I feel like it has to be Up from the Sing Street soundtrack. Nah, it’s hard to say I think! We’re all very different people.

If everything went to plan, where would you want your band to go? Worldwide? What message would you try spread?

Absolutely worldwide, that’s the dream. Message-wise, I feel like we need a bit more compassion in the world, everyone is trying so hard to be cynical and I think that it’s good to push the idea of empathy a bit more.

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If you had the opportunity to teach people one thing, what would it be?

I think compassion, like I said above, everyone should learn compassion and empathy.

New Zealand music has a special place in my heart. Who’s a Kiwi band you’re most interested in at the moment?

There’s so much bloody good NZ music; I will always love Cut Off Your Hands. Our favourites at the moment are Miss June and Ha the Unclear definitely. New Zealand music is brilliant.

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What was the process of getting to the name 'Daffodils' and is there a meaning behind it?

It hasn’t got a very deep meaning at all, or at least it didn’t when we first decided on it! I honestly just love the word. It’s definitely garnered more meaning over time though, and I think now it kind of represents the happy/sad nature of our music a bit.

What are your feelings around playing at Laneways 2019?

We’re so unbelievably stoked! It’s by far the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to us.

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What started your drive to start creating music and then follow it in your studies?

I’ve always been heavily invested in music, it was always around our house when I was little. I wrote my first song when I was 12 and haven’t really stopped since then! I wanted to be a marine biologist but I threw any prospect of a science career out in high school; music makes a lot of sense to study I reckon.

How would you describe your music to somebody who has never heard your sound before?

Melodramatic teenagers singing about love and being sad.

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