Welcome to the third chapter in our NZ Music Month Hot Five guest editor series. This week we have the lovely rock chicks from kiwi band Ivy Lies sharing their favourite things with us!
Originally from Christchurch, the band moved up to Auckland in 2008 to hit the live circuit and integrate themselves in the local music scene. Last year, the trio who are comprised of Emla Palmer (vocals), Rosie (drummer) and Lisa Blatchford (bass) released their debut album, LITTLE MIND GAMES featuring first single Addicted!
Enjoy today’s Hot Five written by the lovely music trio!
Converse shoes have always been an essential part of our look and style. The brand has walked throughout history with musicians making them look bad a$$ like old-skool bball stars. At the moment we are into the slouchys. Mad respect for a brand with this much longevity that it can keep forming new trends and making its own rules over and over again. That’s how we roll. We’d pair them with either Lee Jeans or Black Milk Leggings and a high quality bag like Deadly Ponies. Classic.
LOOKING FORWARD TO_K-Pop
As nzgirls we are extremely diverse in our backgrounds, which is something to be celebrated! To all of you who are familiar with K-Pop, you’ll know what we’re talking about! But for those who are new to this musical PHENOMENON check it out here! Prepare for a face melting experience. Korean and NZ relations are strengthening and did you know it’s “Korea-New Zealand Year of Friendship”! This means (apart from hugging cute Koreans?) that we are getting the chance to celebrate the goodness of K-Pop here in NZ. GIRLS GENERATION (watch their new single Mr Taxi here) is playing a show sometime next summer (dates to be announced) and apparently there are some K-Pop competitions in the mix?! Here’s more info on the event. But…the best bit is that Emla and Rosie will be in Korea during July (busking anyone?), so we can get our K-Pop on right at the source. #bringiton Check out just how awesome K-pop can be here!
LOYAL PATRONS OF_Stephen Marr Hair Salon
We love Stephen Marr! The team at the Ponsonby, Newmarket, and Takapuna salons take the time to support NZ music in any capacity they can. Last year before a gig, one of the most exciting parts of the night (sorry, we are girls!) was hanging at the salon beforehand getting made to look fantastic by the crew. We trust their skills so much these cats have done everything from shaving our heads to painting them all the colours of the rainbow (well, almost). One of our faves was candyfloss pink in Rosie’s hair. Annnnnd, we also love that they’re environmentally conscious. Why not support Mother Nature and look spiffy while you’re at it?
FINDING INNER HAPPINESS WITH_Sri Chinmoy Meditation Centre
Rosie got into meditation by seeing a flyer for an introduction classes that had the word ‘free’ on it. Spiritual enlightenment isn’t really something you should have to pay for, but that’s often the case. We loved going along to these classes because you’re encouraged to take from it what you want. The ultimate purpose is spiritual, but in the intro sessions the focus is definitely more on the search for inner happiness and finding calm in our busy modern-day lives (there are opportunities for more guidance if you seek it). I’m still trying (at my own slow pace) to go along to classes. Unlike Ron Swanson, the ability to still the mind is far from where I’m at now. I never knew I talked to myself so much…even if it is inside my head!
HEADING TO_Backbeat Bar
Backbeat Bar is a music venue/museum on Karangahape Rd designed to cater to the NZ music industry. Safe to say there is no other place like Backbeat anywhere in NZ. As soon as you walk in there are guitars all over the walls that carry signatures from famous musicians all over the world. It has its on private Beatles museum room filled with Beatles memorabilia! Over May Backbeat is open to the public on Friday nights with live music. Nameless Sons will be up at the bar playing along with other Auckland based bands. You can check out Backbeat on Facebook or go here for more info! You’ll be sure to see Rosie and I (Emla) up there supporting NZ music this month!
Happy Friday nzgirls! x