Friday, June 17, 2022

New single Brothers and Sisters out, Matariki gig coming....

Here is the second song to be released this year by alt/indie cult band Hallelujah Picassos, titled "Brothers and Sisters (there’s more than blood that binds us)".

It was inspired by the research of Ralph and Coop of USC Dornsife that shows that all people living now share a common ancestor that only lived about 100-150 generations ago (or 3,400 years).

It's a smoking cauldron of thumping ritual and hypno vox invocation, conjuring and celebrating the brotherhood, the sisterhood, the people hood, in menacing times like these.

We'll be playing it next Friday June 24 at the amazing 1:12 Records Matariki event at Whammy Bar, which is FREE!

released June 17, 2022

Friday, March 4, 2022

Hallelujah, it’s a glorious new single


Alt/indie cult band Hallelujah Picassos are pleased to present their latest addition to their enigmatic oeuvre. It's a composition titled ‘Glorious Hallelujah (a Hymn for a Secular Congregation)’.

This single marks the recording debut for newest member Drew McCormack (The Nuggiez), who has been part of our live show for the past couple of years.

With Hallelujah in their band name and having done a song with the last half of their HPs name (BSPC) aka' Picasso Core', 'Glorious Hallelujah' becomes it's natural companion track, adding further Spiritual Mysticism to HPs mythic chronicles and narrative milieu, showing their aesthetic depth.

Thus we have Roland the Arcane Esoteric Priest, and Harmonic Druids Peter, Darren and Drew enticing the listener to join in and sing along with this work.

This is the first song since their album ‘Voices of Exuberant Hellhounds’ (1:12 Records) from 2019 and the start of the next phase for the band, with more releases scheduled for this year.

Released on Friday March 4th 2022, for Bandcamp Friday.

Find it at

Monday, December 14, 2020

1:12 xmas party, Picassos on early!

1:12 xmas party 2020

It's been a crazy year... Lets show 2020 who's boss!

14 bands, 2 stages, 1 room! What could go wrong?!

Featuring... Dick Move, Magic Factory, DHDFD's, Warm leather, Tooms, Thee Golden Geese, Sin City, King Ketchup, Hallelujah Picassos, Labretta Suede and the Motel 6, The Cathulus, Memory Foam, Water, X-ray Fiends

Hey Y'all, here's the running list for Fri 18th!
2 stages, 1 room, no gaps!
8pm Hallelujah Picassos
8:20 Sin City
8:40 Thee Golden Geese
9pm Cthulus
9:20 X Ray Fiends
9:40 Warm Leather
10pm King Ketchup
10:20 Tooms
10:40 DHDFD's
11pm Water
11:20 Dick Move
11:40 Memory Foam
12pm Magic Factory
12.20 Labretta Suede and the Motel 6
This is gonna be killa!

Tickets numbers limited to 120 @ $25, from Under The Radar

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

1:12 PARTY; a compilation of 14 tracks from Auckland’s most exciting DIY bands and artists

Tāmaki Makaurau’s 1:12 Records is proud to introduce their latest vinyl concoction, 1:12 PARTY; a compilation of 14 tracks from Auckland’s most exciting DIY bands and artists.

Originally curated for the [since cancelled] Record Store Day 2020 in April, 1:12 Records asked their current and future/favourite artists to contribute one song for this special project. The compilation features an all-star line-up of Thee Golden Geese, CINDY, The Cavemen, King Kaiju, Labretta Suede and The Motel 6, Na Noise, Vincent H.L, Dick Move, Bloodbags, Tooms, Hallelujah Picassos, Echo Ohs, King Ketchup and Magic Factory. All album artwork was done by Erin Forsyth and the album was pressed locally at Holiday Records.

Available strictly on clear vinyl LP from 20 June, 2020 -- just in time to kick-off your first Level 1 house party. Get it from Flying Out


Side A
1) THEE GOLDEN GEESE - 1:12 Party Emergency
2) CINDY - Goodbye
3) THE CAVEMEN - Satan Is Her Name
4) KING KAIJU - Intoxica
6) NA NOISE - Good Morning Heart
7) VINCENT H.L - Golden Sun

Side B 1) DICK MOVE – Ladies Night
2) BLOODBAGS - Smokin’ It Up
3) TOOMS - Porch Mix
4) HALLELUJAH PICASSOS - Fire Sandpaper dub
5) ECHO OHS – The Moon
6) KING KETCHUP - Doctor Hokota
7) MAGIC FACTORY - Sorry For Your Loss

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

New Hallelujah Picassos album out June 14th

Hallelujah Picassos -Voices of Exuberant Hellhounds LP cover

Following their reissues in 2011/2012, Hallelujah Picassos returned to the live scene, playing a handful of shows with the likes of Drab Doo Riffs, Bloodbags. Loud Ghost, and Labretta Suede and the Motel 6. The band continued onwards, writing some new music. After a series of singles, the fruits of their labours have finally come together on this LP.

Here then is proudly presented Voices of Exuberant Hellhounds, another chapter in the gospel of Hallelujah Picassos, building their own mythology.

Songs are inspired by Hymns, Psalms, Chants and Mantras with a secular perspective slant and inspiration from certain styles, woven into a twisted narrative with one constant: Rorschach’s melancholic vocals.

We have tunes about the Peasants from a Bruegel painting, the sculptures of Xavier Messerschmitt, immigration, and bankers.

The album is another example of Interpretive Expressionistic Variationism and should be seen as body of work with dramatically interconnected songs - the aim is to show the album as whole body of work rather than individual songs, with a continuity and a common denominator. Even though they sound different, they are tied together to create a narrative.

The album features the last recordings from the band’s drummer Bobbylon, who passed away in May 2018. The album is dedicated to him.

The band will be playing electronic versions of the album at the release party at Whammy Bar on June 14th. Albums, t-shirts and other items will be available for sale.​

The album comes with a free digital download that includes 4 extra bonus tracks.

Released on June 14 2019, on 1:12 Records on vinyl, digital via Loopy Fruit at

Preorder available from Flying Out. 

Written and produced by Hallelujah Picassos, recorded and engineered by Darryn Harkness at Tone Exchange. Salvadore engineered by Darryn Harkness and mixed by John Pain. Mastered by Angus McNaughton at Auralux. Cover art by John Pain, Roland Rorschach.


1 Cracked salvation
2 Salvadore (miles away from you)
3 Hang all bankers / Dirty suits
4 Ghandi (Father of the nation)
5 Black spade Picasso core (community mix)
6 Happy smile (naive in joy)
7 Gimme heat (musings of an autocrat)
8 Bullet chant
9 Welcome mat for a Stranger
10 Fire sandpaper face
11 Voices of One

Monday, September 17, 2018

New vinyl single out Sept 21

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

New single Fire Sandpaper Face out!

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

New Telepathics drop well fruity album

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

New single for summer, out Dec 5

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