Robot rock

Hamilton based rock band the Trons are appreciating a rapid ascent, despite the noted absence of any actual human members. The Hamilton based four-part robot rock band consists of Ham on vocals, Fifi on keyboards, Swamp on drums, and Wiggy on lead guitar, all robot composites made of old amplifiers, homemade instruments, computer parts and pieces of machinery. Created by musician Greg Locke, in less than a year of existence, they have quickly amassed a YouTube following, and recently played in New Zealand’s biggest summer festival, Big Day Out. The Trons played alongside Neil Young and the Arctic Monkeys in the seventy band festival, part of a regular schedule of touring New Zealand and Australia. Upcoming shows include a gig at NZ Fringe in Wellington on the 19th of February, and the Hamilton Summer Festival, on the 22nd. More information is available at www.myspace.com/thtrons


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Behind the Mic with Groundbreaker Rikki Swannell

Behind the Mic with Groundbreaker Rikki Swannell

World Rugby talks to New Zealander Rikki Swannell about becoming the first female lead commentator on the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and her life in sports broadcasting. As an experienced…