The Chills are a band from Dunedin, New Zealand fronted by the rare talent of Martin Phillipps.
Martin has a single-minded determination to take quality, original NZ-sounding, melodic rock music global. His requirement of band members has been to meet a standard of musicianship, which is necessary to deliver The Chills songs with essential consistent energy. This determination stems from the punk rock ethics of Martin’s musical awakening and from the subsequent proximity to people like Chris Knox who drove home how crucial it was to deliver music always with intensity and conviction.
This live energy is the central reason why The Chills are remembered fondly in all of the thirty-nine countries that they have thus far visited. It’s the combination of this AND the consistent quality of their songs which have established The Chills as one of the most well-known New Zealand groups to date - particularly in the US, UK and Europe.
The band have many faithful friends around the world and a new generation (Peter Bjorn and John, Songs, The Go Find, Panda Bear, The Shins et al) are now covering or attempting to emulate The Chills unique sound.
Cotillon is the moniker of Jordan Corso, a New York City based artist with ties to both San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Cotillon story began In the fall of 2013, when Corso accepted an invitation from Chet "JR" White to move into his spare bedroom in San Francisco and develop his debut LP. Under White's guidance, Corso wrote and recorded his first album, and signed with the great California indie label Burger Records. After the release of his critically acclaimed debut, who Spin Magazine (among others) honed one of 2015's best, and extensive touring, Corso sold everything he had but a bag full of clothes and his music gear and boarded a plane for New York. "the time was right for me to make a New York based album ", say's Corso. "I moved into a small apartment, and began getting to know the city that is responsible for most of my taste ". So the story goes, Corso wrote everyday relentlessly taking inspiration from the french new wave, japanese literature, uppers, downers, big city culture, and a romantic relationship. After Corso recorded a large collection of demos in his apartment, it began time to figure out how to craft LP number two. The first person he showed them to was Shane Butler of New York via Boston's Quilt, who's work Corso strongly admires. "When I got the demos I felt like they were a pretty good metaphor for Jordan as I knew him. One of the things I really like about Jordan is that he is caught in this interstice between high-culture & low-culture; between the cleaner aspects of life and the grittier. I heard both these sides of him in the demos he showed me. Jordan also seemed really into this idea of making a 'New York' record. As someone who grew up partly in New York City, the prospect of making a 'New York' record in 2015/16 is a very complicated thing. That concept wrestles with some of the ideas that I saw in Jordan's personality. It is something of the high & the low; the grime & the glitter; the superficial & the genuine. All of which were attributes I saw in the song-writing at the time and heard from Jordan when he talked about what he wanted from a new record."" said Butler. Butler called his friend Al Carlson (who produced artists such as St. Vincent, Onheaotrix Point Never, Wild Nothing, Ariel Pink, and Butler's own Quilt) and booked time at Greenpoint's classic Gary's Electric Studio which Carlson calls home, and together they began crafting Cotillon's sophomore effort, " The Afternoons " over the span of the summer. "The Afternoons" also features Jon Nellen (Ginla) on drums and synthesizer and guest piano from John Andrews (Quilt, Woods).
Corso's third album " Cruiser " (written/recorded between Tokyo/Brooklyn) is due in the Spring of 2019.
Fawns Of Love
If you've listened to the Part Time Punks radio show in the last year or two, then you'll already know that FAWNS OF LOVE are one of PTP's favorite new bands. And PTP isn't the only one. Paste proclaimed the band “a dreampop gem,” Flood called the debut album Who Cares About Tomorrow “perfectly woozy,” evoking “the soft gauze of Cocteau Twins and Slowdive,” Magnet said it “drifts along dreamily,” and The Big Takeover noted the “obsessive joy in Fawns of Love’s take on shoegaze.” 'Permanent,' the second full-length, released in January on Test Pattern Records is one of the year's very best.