The end of the year is nigh, and it is the time where we get all reflective on what has happened.
We thought it best to document these reflections, last week we looked at label buddies Flying Nun and this time we are looking within ourselves - at what 2015 was for Flying Out. A psychological self-assessment but with records. We also compiled a list of the Top 20 sellers for the year over here.
For starters - as the photo shows - we took the plunge and opened a record store. That's right an actual physical space for you to all come visit. And please do it's at 80 Pitt Street (corner of K Road), Auckland.
We still offered all out regular online services but expanded out stock and bought in some secondhand records as well. We got some Auckland music celebs in behind the desk, and even had the odd overseas one visit (thanks Thurston Moore). A big thanks to every one who helped with the set up (staff thanked below), especially family and friends - Sonya, Sophie, Ed, Gerry, Roger, Zac, Cath, Dylan, Westley and also to the K road community for making us welcome.
EVENTS AND SHOWS:
Our monthly club nights, The Others Way continued throughout the year (thanks Zac and the Wine Cellar) and we will have a digital compilation featuring all the fine acts out early next year. Plus in March we had the thrill of hosting Canada's The Courtney's playing some shows around the country.
Not mention the mighty festival we put on in September with our good friends 95bFM - also called The Others Way - we took over K road for the night with over 30 NZ acts. Thanks to all the venues, bands and the 1000+ people who turned up, it was a real lark and I think we might just do it again next year.
And to finish out the year we have our Xmas party on Dec 19, featuring the Shocking Pinks, Mermaidens, Avoid! Avoid, Carb on Carb and Surf Friends - all the details and tickets here.
While we were buy setting up shop and holding festivals, we still got work on some releases and were very privileged to help release and/or distribute the following;
One of NZ's hardest working bands (numerous NZ shows, 2 Australian tours, South East Asia, China, 20-odd dates around the US all in a year), Auckland duo Carb on Carb's self-titled 10-track album is a redefinition of the band.
Sonically it sees the pair redefine their sound by shifting towards a 90s pop-punk style, while still retaining their older influences. We helped distribute it around NZ and digitally and were particularly stoked when the vinyl version was also released.
We teamed up with Wellington psych-folk outfit Glass Vaults to crowd fund the release of their album Sojourn on vinyl. And we made it!
Formed in 2010 and once referred to as 'Glacial Pop', the songs from Sojourn, - the bands debut LP (after three EPs) - are from a warmer climate. Written during a summer in New York, Southern Florida and Wellington it’s a collection of lush psychedelic folk. Clash Magazine called it; “Enthralling New Zealand Psych-folk”. We couldn't agree more.
It's been a whirlwind few months for Auckland trio Bespin, releasing their debut EP, winning the NZ Music Awards Critic's Choice Price and opening for Tame Impala on their NZ tour.
2015 saw us work with one of Australia's best indie labels Chapter Music to help release some of their material in New Zealand including: