Monday, September 17, 2018
We have a brand new single out this Friday Sept 21, called Voices Of One, paired with Black Spade Picasso Core, on splendid black vinyl thru 1:12 Records.
Thematically both songs revolve around community. Voice Of One is built around the idea of the individual being stronger with a community versus being lost in a community. This is an example of what the band means with interpretive impressionistic variationism.
Black Spade Picasso Core revisits one of the band’s classic numbers in a contemporary version. It features one of the last vocal performances by Bobbylon.
The cover features artwork designed by the band. They also individually screenprinted every single cover. It’s a limited run of 300 copies.
We're having a launch event on Saturday Sept 22 at Flying Out record store on Pitt St, Auckland - band members Peter Mac, Johnny P and Darryn H will be DJing, singles will be available, come Hang out with Hallelujah Picassos. 2pm-5pm.
The single is a taster of the upcoming new album from Hallelujah Picassos. Cheers.
Monday, June 4, 2018
Our Beloved, Dearest Friend and Band member Bobbylon passed away on 25th May.
The service will be on Wednesday 6th June at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall 487-489 Dominion rd at 2 pm. Bobbylon's Wake will be at Whammy Bar 6th Of June from 4pm after the service.
Friday, March 9, 2018
Here's a brand new single from us, loud and proud! Out March 9 2018. Enjoy!
"Hallelujah Picassos drop their latest sonic gem, Fire Sandpaper Face, a roaring snarling monster of a tune. It’s a short, sharp shock with guitars. One minute thirty and we out. No messing round.
The song is inspired by the sculpture of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, all contorted faces and pained expressions.
This tune follows on from their single late last year Happy Smile (Naive In Joy), and the EP Bullet That Breaks The Key, and is the next step in the journey towards a new album for the ensemble, due out later this year.
Fire Sandpaper Face was recorded at Tone Exchange, engineered by Darryn Patterson Harkness, and written and produced by Hallelujah Picassos. Mastered by Angus McNaughton at Auralux. Released on Loopy Fruit Recordings, 2018. Cat no PCORP009."
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Our Hallelujah Picassos bandmate Darryn Harkness has been working away on a brand new album by his outfit New Telepathics (in addition to playing in Loud Ghost and the HPs - busy chap!).
The album is called The End Of War. He says the album is "a powerhouse of punk ethics and intense groove, drawing upon the avant-garde, electronica, soul, dub, afrobeat..." In other words, it's well fruity!
New Telepathics are playing live in Tauranga at the Woodcock Festival on February 17 and at Splore on February 24.
They've been described as "a vigorous synthesis of some of abiding influences: the cosmic vision and sound of Sun Ra's Arkestra, a touch of Afrobeat and James Brown funk-goes-rap, left-leaning politics...
"With a large band of guests (singer Sandy Mill,saxophonists Jeff Henderson and Nick Atkinson among them) and African vocalists Nuel Nonso and Phodiso handling the chantdown rap, influences from waiata, Congotronics, dub and more, this has a roiling energy..."
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Press release - New Hallelujah Picassos single sweetens up your summer
The Picassos return from their studio hibernation with a brand new ditty, just in time for summer. Happy Smile (Naive In Joy) is a gentle, lilting, guitar and keys take on alt/indie pop.
The song is inspired by The Peasant Dance, a work by the Dutch painter Bruegel. In this case, the Picassos are minstrels and troubadours meandering thru the landscape of the painting.
This tune follows on from their most recent EP release, Bullet That Breaks The Key, and single Dirty Suits, and is the latest step in the journey towards a new album for the ensemble, due out next year.
Happy Smile was recorded at Tone Exchange, engineered by Darryn Patterson Harkness, and written and produced by Hallelujah Picassos. Mastered by Angus McNaughton at Auralux. Released on Loopy Fruit Recordings, 2017. Cat no PCORP008.
Released via digital on December 5, 2017
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Hallelujah Picassos are back with a ripping new single, Dirty Suits. Having spent a bunch of time in the studio this past year, the Picassos return with a song that’s a companion piece to Hang All Bankers off their last recording, The Bullet That Breaks The Key EP.
Originally written by the band’s singer Roland Rorschach with Darryn Harkness (current Picassos bass player) and first performed with Darryn’s band New Telepathics, here the Picassos reinvent the song, breathing new life into its twisted soul. The song follows themes from the EP, talking about money, politics and corruption.
Out December 9, 2016 on digital thru Bandcamp. Watch the video below.
Dirty Suits was recorded and produced by Darryn Harkness and Hallelujah Picassos at the Institute for Telepathic Research. Mastered by Angus McNaughton at Auralux. Cover art image/video directed & edited by John Pain.
Friday, September 9, 2016
Monday, May 30, 2016
"Two new tracks mark the end of painspeople's time in Malaysia; Callossum's Table and shadness. The rest of the tracks are archival and were recorded between 2004 and 2012 in Auckland - New Zealand, and Batam - Indonesia."