Auckland's Popstrangers are now signed to Carpark Records (www.carparkrecords.com) although the new "Antipodes" album is released in NZ and Australia on Spunk Records (www.spunk.com.au) in February 2013. They have clearly been earmarked for potential global success within their niche. There is no-one in New Zealand making music like theirs, and the only parallels I can make are with the Nielson brothers' two offerings (and I don't necessarily classify that as purely local now). What I love about Popstrangers is the contrasts they build into their music...unusual changes both in terms of texture and tonality, and deliberate discordance which puts just the right amount of "crunch on the cream". It is so rewarding to listen to. This "Heaven" chorus is one of the best transitions I have heard in a long time. Have a read what NME says about Popstrangers at the link below. There seems to be wide agreement on that chorus.
Popstrangers - Heaven