All posts by Craig Hayes

New Zealand's most successfully unsuccessful music writer. Dadcrust for d-beat dorks, noise punk nerds, and metal dweebs.

In Crust We Trust: Part 2

The stench of crust punk is seemingly everywhere these days. Bands like Tragedy, Wolfbrigade, Martyrdöd, and more regularly feature on major/mainstream music websites, and crust is cited as an inspiration by innumerable underground punk and

In Crust We Trust: Part 1

Amebix gave birth to crust punk in the early 1980s, but Ripper Crust, the 1986 demo from Hellbastard, officially christened the sub-genre. Crust’s early years were a hard scramble, with bands like Antisect, Doom, Deviated

Vrasubatlat Records: Pissing Blood For Fun

Influential French philosopher Michel Foucault once said that his role was to make windows where once there were walls. I’ve always thought that’s the job of great music, too. Admittedly, it’s a complicated task. Legions

Les Underdogs De Grunge

Decades on from its heyday, grunge still evokes cringe-worthy memories. Even a whiff of the genre makes some people gag, and that’s understandable given that many of grunge’s lumberjack balladeers feigned their tortured genius in

Down The Hole, Bumped Her Head And Bruised Her Soul: A Day Of Hawkwinding

Legendary psychonauts Hawkwind formed in 1969, and after 49 years and a roughly equal number of line-up changes, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dave Brock is the only original member left in the band. Of course, Hawkwind

Dry Insides – Deformity EP Review

There’s something to be said for music that sounds like it was recorded inside the rotting asshole of weeks-old roadkill. Although, obviously, what is said about that kind of decomposing noise depends on how much

Kawakami Forever! Japanese Raw Punk 101, Part 4

Here’s the breakdown of the bands that have been covered so far: Part 1: Disclose, Warhead, System Fucker, Isterismo, Crow. Part 2: Confuse, Framtid, Disturd, Reality Crisis, Kriegshög, G.A.T.E.S., D-Clone, Gauze, Gloom. Part 3: Zyanose,

Kawakami Forever! Japanese Raw Punk 101, Part 3

The first two parts of our Japanese raw punk primer from yesterday explored fourteen bands: Disclose, Warhead, System Fucker, Isterismo, Crow, Confuse, Framtid, Disturd, Reality Crisis, Kriegshög, G.A.T.E.S., D-Clone, Gauze and Gloom. Part 3 continues