Happy Days – it’s Fazerdaze!

Posted On 04 Jul 2017 at 9:25 pm

Amelia Murray aka Fazerdaze

Fazerdaze is New Zealand-based singer/songwriter Amelia Murray (and her band) who weave blissful, echo-drenched and semi-electronic production through bounding bedroom pop songs.

Indie songwriter Amelia was raised in Wellington, New Zealand and attended the University of Auckland, where she began releasing her lackadaisical, echo-bathed pop songs under the name Fazerdaze in October 2014, with her eponymous debut six song extended play. The EP quickly took flight, receiving critical acclaim from blogs and publications around the globe. It was referred to as a succinct collection of intimate, beautifully produced dream-pop written, produced and performed by Murray. It’s a significant first outing for the young New Zealander with layers of softly crunching guitars swirling over consistently driving drum machines and sparse electronica.

Mojo said: A fuzzed-up Pixies-worthy melodic high. Paste Magazine went into more depth by stating: This bedroom project shakes with a gentle reverb and the snapping beats and upbeat percussion she programs using a drum machine. What connects Murray to her peers in Look Blue Go Purple are the similarly earnest lyrics, psychedelic dreaminess and low key production quality made modern with synths and other electronic touches.

After several completely solo shows performed with backing tracks, Murray met a slew of local musicians and began filling out her sets with auxiliary players, eventually landing on a permanent line-up of herself playing guitar and singing, Mark Perkins on guitar and synthesizer, Benjamin Locke on bass, and Elliot Francis on drums.

The band have shifted to another level and opened the 2015 New Zealand Silver Scroll Awards as well as touring with international artists Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Conan Mockasin. Fazerdaze then toured the UK and also became a genuine highlight at Australia’s Bigsound music conference and also at the Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal. Now touring internationally and playing the festival circuit, the band’s profile has grown significantly since the bands formation.

The superb song Little Uneasy was unleashed in December 2015 and in February this year, came the even better Lucky Girl release and hot on its heels a month later Take It Slow appeared. On 5th May 2017, Fazerdaze’s 10 track debut LP, Morningside, was released on the legendary Kiwi pop label Flying Nun and under two week’s later on 18th May she was performing a decent lunchtime set (that I witnessed) at The Queens Hotel and then a late evening set at The Arch as part of this years Great Escape Festival in Brighton.

Fazerdaze Morningside album cover

Now the band are returning to Brighton on Friday 6th October and are headlining at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar in Middle Street, which is a stones throw away from the A259 King’s Road. Support comes from IDER, who are two friends Lily Somerville and Megan Markwick who are based in North London and are described as a blend of soaring pop and delicate electronics. Interestingly enough IDER also played this years Great Escape festival and released their charmingly titled debut 4 track EP Gut Me Like An Animal (which actually sounds as far away from the title as you can imagine).

Tickets for the evening, which starts at 7:30pm can be found here: http://www.seetickets.com/event/fazerdaze/sticky-mikes-frog-bar/1114830

To hear what Faderdaze sound like, visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=My4j3vgFxbE

To hear what IDER sounded like at The Great Escape, visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4q4ZBOmn_fQ



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