Music Journalist and Graphics artist.
I specialise in writing about New Zealand bands, artists and theatre. I also run a book review site called http://groovebookreport.blogspot.co.nz. I currently write for www.13thfloor.co.nz; write and produce for www.groovefm.co.nz and https://www.booksellers.co.nz.
Previously I've written for the Groove Guide, Rip it Up, Telecom's In house Magazine, Salient, Dominion Post, The Evening Post, and various blogs.
I am also a graphic artist and design posters for theatre in the Wellington area.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Gruar continues his series about artists coming to Womad in March, this time talking to Dutch/Kiwi three piece My Baby – a group that defies the usual trappings of the music industry machinery, preferring to tour, record and produce entirely under their own steam.
As part of our series of interviews with artists playing at this year’s WOMAD, Tim Gruar talks to fellow Wellingtonian Ben Lemi about the new Congress of Animals Collective, mixing with the ‘Muppet-man’ and strange men in his garden.
Kapiti Coast’s boutique music festival Coastella prides itself on booking a range of unique and quirky indie bands alongside their headliners, providing an all-round family-friendly big day out.
Now in its 3rd year, the gig boasts three Aussie acts: funksters Mama Kin; retro bluesman C.W. Stoneking and the big brass sound of Bulhorn. There’s also Auckland’s oddities Ha The Unclear; local folktronica duo Rosy Teacaddy; Womad sensations The Miltones; recent Euro-tourers The Beths; firm favourites Trinity Roots and upcoming Southern upstarts Soaked Oats.
With the help of some cellular magic, Tim Gruar managed to wrangle Soaked Oats’ drummer Conor Feehy away for a quick chat about their Australian adventures, making music about fruit and their new e.p, ahead of their upcoming appearance up the Coast…
This was supposed to be Swiss/US band Zeal & Ardor’s first New Zealand gig. There was buzz aplenty and fans had arrived early from all around the country. Then it started to go wrong. Actually, it had started earlier in the day, when the band posted on social media that they’d arrived safely in Wellington. However, their gear hadn’t. It was worse. One of their number couldn’t make it either. I learned later that their bassist, Mia Rafaela Dieu, was sick and had to remain back in Brisbane, where the last show was. Then the remaining band members been delayed at customs in Wellington Airport – and searched due to “traces of substances on their clothes and a laptop”. It was all looking pretty dire.
“In her exploration of the Kiwi male psyche,” wrote in her review of What You Wish For, Couchdiva, writer for https://groovebookreport.blogspot.com “Robertson shows that it’s not always the strong, silent types that fare the best.” To understand more about the underlying currents of masculinity and identity The CoffeeBar Kid (aka Tim) sits down with best selling author, Catherine Robertson to pick up the conversation left hanging by playwrite Greg McGee (Foreskin’s Lament) when he asked Kiwi blokes “What Are Ya?” and where are you going?
Tim Gruar continues his series about artists coming to Womad in March, this time talking to Dutch/Kiwi three piece My Baby – a group that defies the usual trappings of the music industry machinery, preferring to tour, record and produce entirely under their own steam. Nailing down their sound is a bit of a challenge. They borrow heavily from gospel, blues, soul, voodoo-raves and 60’s psychdelica. A recent visit to Wellington gave an opportunity to meet up and discuss the band’s origins, music and their upcoming performance at Womad.