Logan Park has seen the formation of several bands this year and a fantastic continuation of the band culture we have here.
Painted Blind, (Neive Strang, Cuba Rust, Mary Locker and Rikke Kikkawa-McLeod), an acoustic four piece took out the school section of the Robbie Rocks Dunedin songwriting competition early on in the year and have been writing songs steadily throughout this year.
The Only Others, (Rani Cohen, Oliver Robson and myself) who have been going at it for around two years now, recorded an EP earlier this year and intend to record another in the tail end of 2016.
A new band, calling themselves The Cuffs formed this year and have been entertaining audiences with their blues-rock influenced tunes front manned by the fabulous Quinn Hardie.
Louis Freeman has seen success in Bark Like a Dog, a band consisting of him and three Taieri College students. They perform no nonsense Rock’n’Roll, and extremely well may I add.
An exciting new band consisting of junior students has developed out of the afterschool ’Rockschool’ program. They are called Delirium and consist of Cathy Zeng, Finn McKinlay, Josie Baughen, Oliver Hughes, Albert Baeumer with recent addition Hamish O’Malley-King. Watch out for these dudes.
The Amped Music Project saw a great opportunity for Logan Park bands this year. Run by Dallas Synnot, this program organised multiple gigs and workshops for all the bands I have mentioned plus a few. As well as playing live and attending workshops, the bands were given a recording session each in Radio One studio and you can find these recordings through the Amped Music Project Facebook page.
All in all it has been a lovely year for music culture at Logan Park and I’m sure the tradition of original music will be upheld in 2017.