NEW ZEALAND MUSIC MONTH IS OVER. Once again we’ve made it through that time of year in which the degree of beaurecratic posturing made by government agencies in an attempt to appear supportive and nurturing of our budding local talent is exceeded only by the degree of bitching and moaning by the very bands who are supposed to be benefitting from all of it. Underground bands complain that it encourages a bizzarre attitude of giving a shit about ‘homegrown music’ for only one month a year, that all the money goes to the wrong place, that commercial viability is favoured over artistic innovation and that despite what all the men in suits say on TV, they still get no one at their shows and no one buying their albums.
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Despite all the naysaying, post-ironic jokes between bands and general bad vibes associated with ‘NZMM’, there was actually an okay turnout for Dunedin via Wellington three piece Brains’ second show up in Auckland. Considering they had the misfortune of competing with much-acclaimed Bang! Bang! Eche! and Bandicoot at Bacco Room and a huge house party with free bands going all night at Cross Street, it was as good as could be expected. Maybe a sign that our habitually oblivious listening public are finally coming around? If it is, let’s hope that the government follows suit and that this interest in maintained throughout June, at least.