October 2009: The Lookie Loos, The Mint Chicks, The Rabble, These Four Walls, Tourist, Trigger Theory, We Are Romans, Young Sid

Triangles, a tribute to Ray, the bad city, aerial antics, garage subversion, overhead projections, and a man and his town.

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February 2007: The Datsuns, The Feelers, The Rabble, The Veils, Tourist, Voom

Smashing goldfish, codgers and saveloys, scribbly guys, city life, sadness, and a gloomy cellar.
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August 2006: The Decoders, The Madison Press, The Rabble, Tourist, Tyree, Voom, Young Sid

The four corners of punk, a fantasy marionette world, a dystopian landscape, cruisin’ down a country road, and a minimalist bellboy.
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February 2006: Rock ‘n’ Roll Machine, The Tutts, Tourist, Truce Lee, Yulia

Yulia, a voice of rare beauty (also a cool kids house party and some dudes in the old museum, whatever, they’re not Yulia so it doesn’t really matter).
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Tourist “Do You Feel the Cold?”

2004-tourist-do-you-feel-the-coldTourist were an Auckland band who teamed up with Manic Street Preachers producer Greg Haver, who’d previously worked with 48May. So Tourist’s first single “Do You Feel the Cold?” has a very clean, epic pop sound – and it’s a good match.

According to an article at NZ Musician, in addition to their NZ On Air funding, Tourist also received $1500 from Positively Wellington Business – the Wellington region’s former economic development agency – for shooting the video in the capital. There’s even a little graphic proclaiming the video was made in Wellington.

But despite this, it’s not a hugely Wellington looking video. The locations have a certain familiarity, but it’s all shot at night and avoids the iconic Wellington streets, or it shoots in an indistinct blur. While other Wellington videos involve the bustling night life of Courtenay Place, Tourist stick to the deserted roof of a parking building or a stroll along empty Lambton Quay. And no one goes to Lambton Quay at night – it’s all closed.

We just see Tourist playing the song, with the occasional shot of the lead singer walking along the empty streets. It ends up being a fairly ordinary pop-rock music video – very straightforward, very inoffensive. And strangely enough it makes me miss the sort of videos of genre mates the Feelers, with their fun, over-the-top rockness.

Best bit: car park number 28, the unsung hero of the video.

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