Marrow Zine's May Release Launch Party

May 14, Re:Fuel Bar.
With Thundercub, Black Yoghurt, Surgical Department, Max Waots, Nicole Van Vuuren (DJ).
 “The little zine that could?” With the current flood of self-produced gig guides (INK), comic collections, (DUD), culture mags (Crop) and zines, Dunedin’s independent publishing “industry” seems in relatively good health. Among these excellent, no-strings-attached publications is Marrow. Co-edited by two Critic contributors (wassup’ nepotism!), Marrow promotes itself, as “a self published and promoted zine intent on providing freedom of artistic and intellectual expression”. Sounds pretty good, right?
With frequent articles, both pertaining to and provided by the Dunedin music community, last Saturday Marrow undertook the cleverly obvious move of hosting a musically-endowed release (with bonus Twister and limbo) for their May issue.
Beginning my night in the classic “idiot reviewer” fashion, I arrived sadly too late to witness the opening band and my musical entertainment instead began with solo act Black Yogurt.
As the side project of busy Dunedin musician Sefton Holmes, Black Yogurt sees a move away from the nosier elements often heard on other Holmes’ projects. With distorted synth lines, and a drum machine his weapons of choice, Holmes creates a deadly hypnotic groove which slinks underneath his casual (and often subversively funny) half-spoken vocals. With a rhythm that could described as “sexual”, Holmes manages to create an almost club-style repetition in a highly unexpected context. And with the amount of girls I saw dancing during his set, who’s to argue?
Catching my attention with their already uncommon combination of violin and drums, it was safe to say I was quite interested as I watched Motoko Kikkawa of the Surgical Department don a blindfold before beginning their set. While a slight gimmick, it was soon forgotten as the department began what seemed from afar to be a largely free-form and unplanned set. With their drummer on top of the beat in hip-hop style reminiscent of the Roots’ Questlove, and the violin coming fast, liquid and freeform, the both visually and aurally arresting music captured the attention of all present.
Concluding the night were electronic three-piece Thundercub, a band already praised in far too much detail throughout this year. So please, just remember this one thing: one of Dunedin’s best bands and often breathtaking live, Thundercub are a must for any local music fan.
With great performances and an even greater communal atmosphere, be sure to check out Marrow both online or at their next zine release.
Posted 7:36am Thursday 26th May 2011 by Sam Valentine.