Wednesday 21 October 2020

Arsehuffer - S/t Ep (2020)

Our grind bands debut EP!! Shameless self promo! Also Plebiscite records first release!

"Hairy Palm Tapes and Plebiscite records are proud to present nine tracks of furious Grindcore chaos from Tāmaki Makaurau manicas, Arsehuffer.

Frantic dual vocals and obnoxious riffs and juvenile blastbeats presented on the only format that matters in this paranoid age of digital tyranny, cassette" 

We are playing the friday night at Punkfest on the weekend. Grab a tape off us for $10 or order online after Labour weekend!

Sunday 6 September 2020

Ōtautahi Never Mind the Punkfest 2020!

Ōtautahi Never Mind the Punkfest returns in 2020, featuring punk bands from across NZ.

All shows at the Embankment Tavern. $40 for a weekend pass for everything, or $15 for evening shows / $10 for day shows.


The Tacks (Ōtautahi)
Threat.Meet.Protocol (Tauranga)
Arse Huffer (Tāmaki Makaurau)
Piggery (Te Whanganui-a-Tara)
Dick Move (Tāmaki Makaurau)
Stress Ghetto (Te Whanganui-a-Tara)
Zhukov (Ōtautahi)


Sawdust (Ōtautahi)
Struth (Ōtautahi)
Cootie Cuties (Tāmaki Makaurau)
National Munt (Whakatū)
Ayn Randy (Te Whanganui-a-Tara)
Unsanitary Napkin (Te Whanganui-a-Tara)



Nervous Jerk (Ōtautahi)
Unruly (Te Whanganui-a-Tara)
Pop OD (Te Whanganui-a-Tara)
Distant Fear (Tāmaki Makaurau)
Contenders (Kirikiriroa)
Rogernomix (Te Whanganui-a-Tara)
Carradine Choke (Ōtautahi)


Ow! My Face (Ōtautahi)
Bear Trap (Ōtautahi)
The Camel Tonys (Ōtautahi)
Pulvinar (Tāmaki Makaurau)
Easy Off (Kirikiriroa)


Thursday 3 September 2020

Cootie Cuties - Freebleeder Ep (2020)


Debut EP from Tāmaki Makaurau's Anarcho-Feminist pop punk band! Featuring members of Slughugger. Up for free on bandcamp! 

Tuesday 4 August 2020

Unruly - Unruly (2020)

'Unruly are a 3 piece sludge band from Te Whanganui a Tara, New Zealand. Named after an infamous family of British travellers whose beach littering escalated into becoming a rolling media spectacle during the summer of 2018.

Long time members of the incestuous Wellington punk scene, previous bands include TVX, Bonecruncher, Freak Magnet, DAHTM, Meth Drinker, Drug Problem, Influence and too many more to name.'

Released through SludgeLord records in the UK.

Monday 27 July 2020

Sunday 26 July 2020

Bulk Bogan - Suplex (2020)

Latest EP from Tamaki's powerviolence duo Bulk Bogan.

"Terrifying Tāmaki Makaurau-based powerviolence pair Bulk Bogan return with their tough-as-nails, ring-ready second EP Suplex. The eight tracks of genre-fluid heaviness build on the microscopic attention spans and ADHD flailings of their debut Flex, while systematically working their way through neigh-on every subgenre under the greater punk umbrella to break up and build contrast to the inexorable blastbeats summoned by vocalist/drummer Mark Hill. Traversing from the skramz-inflected call-and-response of ‘Don’t Touch My Shit’ to the post-punk saunter of ‘Problem’ (which was affectionately described by one friend as sounding “like Dead Kennedys after climbing a Mount Everest of amphetamines”) through to the grim, frostbitten black metal of ‘Shit Eating Grin’.

Though they whizz past in mostly sub-sixty second whirlwinds of limbs and cyclones of unbridled fury, the lyrics to each track on Suplex speak truth to various external and internal powers in their own furiously veiled fashion. The crushing sludge of opening number ‘Minotaur’ discusses toxic masculinity in a labouring workplace through the fantastical lens of the bull-headed, labyrinth-dwelling evil from Greek mythology while ‘Problem’ stares the Stockholm syndrome of addiction and mental illness down it’s insidious nose and the crossover thrash mania of ‘Dogmatic Denial of Science’ praises logic and reason in possibly the shortest burst that the two subjects have ever been acquainted with. ‘Small Dick Lethargy’ serves as a double edged sword, swiftly swinging sarcasm and indignation at passe internet trends and unmotivated faffers alike.

Prepare your ears for the unstoppable force behind the immoveable object that is Suplex. Available on digitally and on cassette tape via the band’s Bandcamp page.

Saturday 25 April 2020

Catsick - Catsick II (2020)

Second Ep within months from Christchurchs hardcore punks Catsick. Covid lockdown hardcore for you all!

Catsick - Ep (2020)

The first Ep from very new Chirstchurch crew Catsick. Old School Hardcore Punk, featuring members of Zhukov, Blamethrower and Nervous Jerk!

Friday 17 April 2020

Bowel Rupture / Pvnisher - Split (2020)

Split from to of Wellington's most ruthless bands, both playing a different angle on Black Metal meets Crust/Hardcore Punk. 2020 looks like it's gonna be a good year for releases! Released on Razored Raw, free on bandcamp.

Thursday 16 April 2020

Sunday 12 April 2020

Endangered Specires Vol.1 - Comp (2020)

Revivers of NZHC Elimination Records latest release; a short compilation of associated new hardcore bands. Featuring Severed Beliefs, Soul Void, Watch Me Die, ColdxWar. 'NZHC forever'.

Soul Void - Temple of Sin (2019)

First EP from Wellington's old school Death Metal/Metalcore crew Soul Void. Released on Elimination records.

Friday 10 April 2020

Spiteful Urinator/Dogcock - Split 7" (2019)

It's with a very heavy heart that we have to accept that the grumpy ol' Urinators, self described 'several idiots from some shit bands past and present' have called it quits. BUT they have had the last cyincal quip by releasing a fucking choice split with their grindcore mates Dogcock from Hamilton; 'From the despair that is living in Hamilton, 7 tracks to get you in the mood'. RIP SPITEFUL (they will be back).

Distant Fear - Mortal Column (2019)

Tāmaki Makaurau's Distant Fears debut release from the end of 2019. Crushing crusty, old school death metal/hardcore featuring members of Witchrist, and Shallow Grave among other. Released on Wrought Material. Up for free on bandcamp!


Tuesday 21 January 2020

DAHTM - Silver Banshee (2019)

First release from Wellington's newest Doom/Crust band DAHTM. Featuring members of Rogernomix and Ayn Randy, this is definitely another Wellington band to check out and watch for releases in 2020!

FiDGET - Venezuelan Debt Collectors (2019)

Two piece powerviolence project from Leeds UK, featuring a member of Aucklands, Penny Dreadfuls. They have a few other releases that are worth checking out. Watch this space!

Unsanitary Napkin / Contenders - Split (2019)

Cassette split from Wellington's anti-capitalist juggernaut Unsanitary Napkin, and Hamilton legends Contenders. Anarcho-Punk meets Garage Punk. Up for free on bandcamp!

Sunday 19 January 2020

Zone Killer - Zone of Death (2019)

Absolutely ruthless 2019 release from Wellington Grinders Zone Killer. One of the first releases through the new Wellington label Elimination Records. Check on bandcamp, get in to it!

Dateless - Extreme Brewed Crash Cooled (2019)

Very first EP from Auckland's Dateless. Featuring ex members of Markdown, Two Wolves and Sex Pest, Dateless play a mix of Garage Punk and Hardcore punk. Self released and up for free on bandcamp, tapes available at Plebiscite!

'This EP is dedicated to the memory of Karyn Cullington, Jesse Larsen, Kalem O'Brien, Anna Antoinette Pastor-Bouwmeester'

Pvnisher - Aleswiller (2019)

2019 was a busy year from Wellington's Black Metal/Crust duo Pvnisher, with two releases and several tracks within NZ compilations. Aleswiller is their most recent release on cassette. Features the Razored Raw progenitor himself. Up for free on bandcamp!

Pvnisher - A Private Hell (2019)

'Two piece blackened punk filth PVNISHER (Wellington) make their first forray onto wax, vomiting up seven and half minutes of hardcore punk BM filth.
A split release from Razored Raw, Six Noises and Hairy Palm Tapes.'

7" still available!

Thursday 16 January 2020

Rungus Among Us: Welling Hardcore Punk 2019 - Compilation (2019)

Razored Raw has done it again with on of the best releases of 2019! DIY Hardcore punk at its best. Rungus Among Us features tracks from 13 of Wellingtong's thriving Hardcore Punk scene, including: Piggery, Ayn Randy, G.D.V, Rogernomix, DAHTM, Bowel Rupture, Bordger, Stress Ghetto, Chainsore, Cannibal Genocide, Unsanitary Napkin, Pvnisher, and Disco. Up for free on bandcamp, or get in quick for one of the last cassettes.

Basically this comp goes fucking hard. Watch out for upcoming releases this year from Razored Raw.


No Brainers - S/t (2019)

After all being fired for stealing Sick Old Man records from Real Groovy, Markdown has ceased to exist but out from the courtroom comes No Brainers. Bit of musical chairs happening has Mookie on vox this time, delivering their first EP of 80's style hardcore punk.

Stress Ghetto - Fall 2019 Tour Split Release (With World Peace and Heckdorlan) (2019)

This cassette was made for Stressy's worldwind 2019 West Coast Tour that included one date in Mexico, with World Peace (San Francisco, California) and Heckdorlan (San Jose, California). Another solid as fuck releases from the powerviolence powerhouse that is Stress Ghetto. More please!

Split release from:
No Time Records
Mullet Death Records
Razored Raw Bandcamp (download)

Pulvinar - Noisomekind (2019)

Latest Auckland hard-outs Pulvinar's first release! Up for free download on bandcamp or buy a physical copy from Plebiscite. Released on Limbless Music.

'Pulvinar are a 2 piece crust / grindcore / punk band from Auckland, New Zealand.

Pulvinar are previous members of South African punk bands who started this project when they moved to Auckland, New Zealand.

They have been playing punk music since the early 2000s and were formerly affiliated with Sleeping at the Popes and Touched By Nausea among others.

Tuesday 14 January 2020

2020 Update!

Kia Ora! Symphonies blog hasn't been very active since early 2019 but we are back into it for 2020! There's a wealth of excellent NZ releases that have come out since we last posted, so over the next week we will be posting plenty of updates!

Long live blogspot!

Ps: We have both been busy with our other projects which you should definitely check out!

Plebiscite Records has launched and opened a distro on bigcartel, selling mainly releases from Aotearoa/NZ. Watch this space for upcoming releases in 2020!

Hairy Palm is still going strong, releasing several things this year, including another compilation (Hairy Palm #Vol 3) featuring all the best local Punk/Hardcore from around the country. Watch out for upcoming releases in 2020 as well.

Benny from Hairy Palm has also been featured on Maximum Rock n Rolls remote radio, hosting a podcast about punk/hardcore from Aotearoa/New Zealand. Listen here:

Thirdly, Hairy Palms offshoot Caveman Noise has put out the second issue of its zine, featuring interview with Sydney's ROBBER, Wellington bands, PIGGERY, ZONE KILLER and power electronics/noise freak MUTATION. Cover art by Alex Brown along with Jess Dew. Also featuring reviews, rambling and more!

Caveman Noise has also started its own show on Auckland 95 bFM airing Sundays 1-3am after Hard Fast and Heavy. Check out the podcast here:

Happy new years blah blah from Symphonies blog!