Thursday, December 15, 2011

NZ Musician review

HALLELUJAH PICASSOS: Rewind The Hateman. By Simon Sweetman.

"This is an important document. For all the talk of New Zealand music – as a genre, or ideal – there really are not that many unique, innovative bands. Hallelujah Picassos created their music from an international brief – sure – taking hints from hardcore and punk, from dub and reggae, casting the net far and wide – but it was certainly a shot of energy to the local music scene. 

The group’s live performances were exciting, unpredictable – and the music has, for the last decade and a half, all but disappeared. Unfortunately the punk/hardcore material does sound a bit dated, but the reggae-tinged songs still sound fresh, rewarding. There’s a lot to take in here and though, stylistically, it can feel like it’s all over the place, it’s nice to have it all in one place. 

I’ve been enjoying cherry-picking from it; reminding myself that, at their best, this was one hell of a band." 

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