A Six Episode Live Music Web Series
Taupo's Battle of the Bands
Saturday 8th August
Saturdays 7pm 15th August to 12th September
False Heights & Bianca
Alex Likes Boys & Jason Mciver
Jersey Bob & Roonie Music
Dan Sharp & Written By Wolves
Taupo's Battle of the Bands Finalist
BATTLE OF THE BANDS LIVE VOTING
Voting Closes at 9pm Saturday 8th August
WEB SERIES LINEUP
It all started in the mid 90’s and with a Hohner acoustic guitar Jerseybob was thrust into the world of songwriting and poetry. Travelling his love and the constant movement brought many a folk song to the fore. Writing originals was from the outset and he always had ears for other self penned artists. With now over 200 recorded songs and his Autobiography out on the shelves, Jerseybob surely must be a Jersey Icon? Comedy plays a huge part in his shows and often a 4 hour epic performance could be broken into an hour of tom foolery. Hilarious at times and heartbreaking at others. Vin Garbutt being one of his all time favourites. If you fancy a night of entertainment and Original well thought out songs with a fairly solid melody then you must see Jerseybob. Monika now joins the merry throng and bring her percussive skills to the ﬂoor. From hammering the Cajon to a gentle shaker Monika keeps things together and makes the stage look far more attractive. A husband and wife team that works wonders. Now into his 23rd year of playing it’s time to catch a show near you and have a bloody good time.
Formed in early 2016, False Heights are an alternative-pop duo from Taupo, New Zealand. Ashley Pirie and April Nisbet bring together a fusion of very different musical backgrounds giving their sound an alternative, fun and super catchy vibe.
Their debut EP “No? Who...?” released in April 2018 shot to the #1 spot on the NZ Heat Seekers chart in its first week of release. They are currently recording their upcoming album for a December 2020 release.
Alex Likes Boys
Alex Likes Boys are a 4 piece from Taupo NZ. They started when 2 ex backpackers from the UK met 2 local guys and started jamming in their garage. With a wide range of musical tastes they create a unique, fresh indie rock/folky sound. They take their influences from bands such as The Cure, The Strokes and The National.
With 20 years experience in the music industry Jason has been performing across the country from Invercargil and Queenstown to Nelson, Wellington, Auckland and now the mighty Waikato. Jason has had 3 Top 20 Charting Nz releases and has performed across genres in metal, indy, rock and acoustic acts, performing on shows such as TVNZ Good Morning, Radio NZ, TEDx to name but a few.
Michaela Pointon has had a year of huge growth in her music. After the successful release of her debut EP, 'Human Nature' in November 2018, Michaela has moved to Auckland where she is studying, writing new songs and building a name for herself in the music scene. Michaela is releasing her new single in the coming weeks and has an exciting plan for her music in 2020.
Soulful songwriter, Dan Sharp has spent the last two years slowly carving out a place in the NZ music landscape. Early 2018 saw him collaborate with acclaimed artist/producer, Thomas Oliver. The resulting first single, Lifeline, achieved several thousand plays quickly on the back of strong reviews from international blogs, including Australia's Happy Magazine. Dan then spent 6 weeks song writing with established writers in the UK and Ireland. To round out the trip, Dan and Thomas linked up once again and recorded the remainder of Dan's EP, Slack Tide in Berlin. The EP achieved NZ Chart positions, 5-star reviews and Official Spotify playlisting - the top song, Kindle and Coal reaching half a million plays in under two months. From playing festival stages (Rhythm and Vines 2018/19) to smaller shows all over NZ, Dan is steadily making his mark on the local and international scene.
Written By Wolves
Written By Wolves are a fresh and progressive, cinematic rock band and one of the most exciting new rock acts to come from New Zealand in recent years.
Having spent the last three years perfecting their sound, live show and building their international fan base, the 5-piece are set for big things with the release of their debut full length album, ‘Secrets’.
Renowned for their highly energetic live show, the band have already shared the stage with international heavyweights such as Machine Gun Kelly, Limp Bizkit, Pendulum, Sublime With Rome, Suicidal Tendencies, Hed PE, Falling In Reverse, Escape The Fate, We The Kings, Four Year Strong, Stevie Stone, Kehlani and have just finished back-to-back tours with two of New Zealand’s biggest Rock bands - Devilskin and Blindspott.
They are one of the highest streamed rock bands from New Zealand, having amassed more than 270,000 monthly listeners and more than 15 million streams on Spotify and over 85,000 subscribers and 20 millions views on YouTube. Previous singles ‘Not Afraid To Die’, ‘Genius’ and ‘Timebombs & Hurricanes’ have all received Highly Commended Awards in the prestigious International Song Writing Competition.
Written By Wolves, debut album, 'Secrets' is out now and available on all major online stores.
“Basically, they’re killing it and it is time for the rest of the world to know.” - Kerrang!
“Now, they are ready to take on the world.” - Rock Sound
“With Secrets, WRITTEN BY WOLVES are establishing themselves as one of the best upcoming bands this year. They deserve all the attention that they will inevitably get from this stellar release.” - Distorted Sound
“This is big, anthemic, electro-tinged rock.” - HMV
“As up-and-coming bands go, Written By Wolves are one of the most exciting. By not fitting into a tight knit of generic conventions, their music feels fresh and offers something for every listener. There’s no denying that this is a band that’s going to go places, and if ‘Secrets’ is anything to go by as a debut record then 2020 will be the year that Written By Wolves shine.” - Dead Press
Bianca has been singing and performing since her early 20's as a solo artist. She has occasionally been involved with other musicians such as Quarter Acer Lifestyle, Burn the Bridges, and the Ed Taylor Collaboration before moving to Taupo in 2019.
Bianca is passionate about writing and performing original music. She gets inspired by songwriters such as Neil Young, Amy Winehouse and Stevie Nicks and enjoys covering their songs.
You can find more about Bianca on her website: www.biancaraemusic.com