Back in early February, a Bring Back The Axe Attack Facebook page appeared from out of nowhere indicating something wasn’t right with New Zealand’s longest running metal radio show broadcasting on The Rock FM.
I’ve personally known The Axe Attack host Paul ‘The Axeman’ Martin for some time now and he’s always been incredibly supportive of the local metal music scene.
It’s one of the things that has built him a supportive following over the years. It’s also the fact that he genuinely cares about metal music in this country and why he’s dedicated himself to running The Axe Attack since 1987!
The media excuse that failed
stuff.co.nz reported that The Axe Attack was off the air for ‘technical reasons’ according to MediaWorks, who owns The Rock FM.
Didn’t take a genius to work out that media spin wasn’t going to fly with Axe Attack supporters given that other radio shows by The Rock FM were still on air.
My rock band Static Era released its debut album Fit To Fight on 17 April 2015. I’m proud to say it later broke into the Official NZ Music Charts at:
This was achieved with no funding or record label support whatsoever. Just fan support and determination from an independent and self-funded band.
I will say there was a fair bit of work that took place behind the scenes to make this happen, I may save explaining that however for another time.
Below is the Static Era music video for Sleeping Dogs, the single released along with the Fit To Fight album. Ruth and Jimby Media did a great job bringing the quirky story concept to life.
Fit To Fight is available through all the usual digital music retailers and you can get it directly online through the Static Era Bandcamp store.
My trusty Ibanez RG7621 7-string guitar I’ve owned since 1999. It’s toured all over New Zealand, Australia, East Timor, and featured on many recordings I’ve done including three top 10 NZ albums, one certified double platinum.
Big Day Out: the lead up
Big Day Out made a welcome return to New Zealand this year after it was announced previously that 2012 would be the last one battling poor attendance numbers.
Some changes were made, the event was scaled back slightly and held at a new location in Western Springs. So how did it go?
Big Day Out 2014 didn’t get across the line without a few hiccups. Firstly, Blur pulled out but were soon replaced with Beady Eye, Deftones and The Hives.