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    The Eighth Note: Shane Marr

    23.01.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.

    A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

    Today’s guest is Wainuiomata singer-songwriter Shane Marr.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    I’m Shane. Born a raised in Taumarunui then moved to wellington/Wainuiomata
    when I was 6 years old. I played in a reggae band for a couple years but decided to head in another direction. I never considered myself much of a singer, I always just played. But when I left the band I realised that I didn’t know anybody who did what I wanted to do, so I went out on my own and decided to have a go at singing. I still consider myself more of a muso than anything else, but I’m slowly getting the hang of singing. I think, haha.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I’ve been chugging away at tracks for a couple years now and I feel I’m ready to start putting stuff out. New E.P ‘Black And White’ will be out this weekend. Been a niggly process getting to this point, but it’s been good. Looking at doing a full album mid year 2018.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    You can find my music on all major online platforms, otherwise just head to
    Facebook, Instagram and Youtube. I tend to be on Facebook more than anything else though. And I do respond to messages. Lol.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Ah that’s a tough one. I can’t really pinpoint any specific albums, however, I was forced (only because I couldn’t move out) to listen to Stevie ray Vaughan, Robert Kray, Keb Mo, Eric Clapton and those types of guys a lot. My dad is still a heavy blues fan. My mother is more into her RnB/Motown. When I hit about 12 years old was when they really started to have a huge influence on me. That was about when I started playing guitar. My musical taste is very broad and I really do like all types of music. But blues and RnB would definitely be the biggest influences.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    There’s a few I’d really like to collaborate with at the moment. But I’d probably say Drax Project, Thomas Oliver and Louis Baker.

    What is your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    I’ve only played a hand full of venues, but San Fran would probably be my favourite so far.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the
    compositions and songs take shape?

    Well they’ve all kind of worked out differently. What I do most of the time is to find a good melody, build chords around it, and then write lyrics according to the feel/vibe of the song. Feel is very important, If you don’t feel what you’re writing is good, it’ll show when it comes time to record or perform it.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    I’m doing an acoustic set at Meow bar on the 31st of Jan. Opening for Nick Dow,along with wellington band Nation.


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    New EP: Chronic Shnxman

    18.01.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Hip-Hop artist/producer Chronic Shnxman, who has just released new EP ‘THE SHNXMAN TAPE’.

    When/where was the new EP recorded?
    I recorded the tape in my house mainly. I had help with recording vocals on POWDERS and GRIT at my friend Lucas’ home, because they’re louder, angrier tracks with a lot of yelling. I didn’t wanna piss our new neighbours off/scare them with my yelling haha. Shout out Luke for helping out.

    Who produced/engineered the EP? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    I produced all of the tracks, it was a very random selection of beats at first and I slowly culled them off as I made new ones and eventually I had a beat list for rapping over. When I was away for Xmas, I sat down and pushed out a bunch of new tracks and a few of them made it on instead of others I had already selected, because I wanted to mix it up.

    Did the shorter format of an EP give you the option to experiment in any way with your sound or with different forms of song-writing?
    Sort of, it was more that I didn’t want to over do it, or release a bunch of garbage with a few OK sounding tracks thrown in. I hate listening to my own releases and thinking “I shouldn’t of put this on,” so I made sure to be honest to myself and not oversaturate the release. Either way, I tried to experiment within the “trap/hip hop” boundary, without veering too far off the vision I had for the release.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    I certainly got experimental with my samples, using a gas bottle oblong for the eerie sample in DUTG was probably the weirdest thing I did, I just set my phone up next to it and captured the sounds, later editing them in FL. I used stuff like 808 with heavy distortion and pitch shifting, and over equalized synths to get a more unique sound for some of the tracks too. Nothing new but it was fun to play around with.

    Is there a particular track or theme that the EP was formed around?
    Honestly, the whole EP is based around my substance abuse and how much fun I have ruining my body. A lot of the songs are rapped in a 3rd person perspective, talking to my self, almost like telling myself off haha. Some of the tracks are about my favourite horror films, like 28 Days Later (best horror film ever) The Omen, Dawn of The Dead etc. or themes are taken from those films to create a dark, horrific atmosphere around certain beats.
    I have a ridiculously hyperactive brain so making a conceptual package of music is hard for me, cause I get bored of the concept hahaha.

    Where do you see the EPs place in growing an audience online? Do you see it as a progression towards an album or a separate entity?
    Well, I’ve already started planning the next tape. Probably THE SHNXMAN TAPE II or a collaborative EP with another producer, or rapper. Not sure who though, still searching. The tape has already offered me more opportunities to meet people and grow as an artist with them so I’ll just keep making this fun, party music in EP or album shape, depending on what my brain wants to do.

    Which digital platforms is it available on?
    Soundcloud, Bandcamp and Youtube but I am in the middle of putting it on Spotify, Apple Music etc.

    Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    YES! Next Sunday at Whammy Backroom in Auckland is my debut show alongside my bro Young Gho$t. We are also playing Valhalla in Wellington on the 25th. Come out and say hi! Both shows are like 5 bucks so money isn’t really an excuse. If you can suss a pie and a V then you can suss entry easy.


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    New EP: Ready Sett

    15.01.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Ready Sett, who released new EP ‘Girl In A Band’ just before Christmas last year.

    When/where was the new EP recorded?
    We recorded the EP at Blue Barn Recording Studio over two days in August 2017.

    Who produced/engineered the EP? How did the tracks come together – in the studio, or at home?
    James Goldsmith recorded and mixed the EP and Mike Gibson mastered it. James was very helpful with numerous things such as choosing guitar tones and making sure the tempos of the songs were sitting right. We couldn’t have done it without him or Mike! The tracks were written at our home practice space and we were prepared going into the studio with structures/lyrical content for each song.

    Did the shorter format of an EP give you the option to experiment in any way with your sound or with different forms of song-writing?
    I think because we only had two days in the studio we didn’t really have time to play around or experiment but we did go into the studio with a good idea of what we wanted to add to the songs beyond the normal drum, gat and vocal parts we created for playing live. For example, Anj played bass on the tracks, recorded a solo in Netflix + Chill, and we often double tracked the vocals. We wanted to make a conscious effort to fill out the songs more but still wanted it to feel like a two-piece. Hopefully we succeeded!

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    We used quite a selection of amps and guitars, some of which were supplied by Blue Barn, but of particular note were Vox and Orange guitar heads with a Marshall speaker cab. For the bass parts we used a Fender bassman head with an Ampeg cab. Guitars used were a Gibson SG, a Weta Guitars custom made Jagcaster, and a Guild SG. The drum kit used was a Premier, with a Ludwig acrolite snare.

    Is there a particular track or theme that the EP was formed around?
    The songs each have their own theme attached and capture different experiences, telling individual stories which are centred around travelling, summer road trips, love in the technological age, and personal confessions. The title of the EP is the name of one of our other songs, but we thought it made for a great EP title too!

    Where do you see the EPs place in growing an audience online? Do you see it as a progression towards an album or a separate entity?
    It’s more of a separate entity, and we definitely see it as capable of growing our online audience, which is of course a goal for us. The EP is a mixture of old and new songs and is something we wanted to create to showcase what we sound like as a band now. Since Olivia started playing drums in mid-2016 we haven’t put out any new music so there wasn’t really any grand master plan apart from to release some songs we were proud of and something to show for our time together over the last year and a half.

    Which digital platforms is it available on?
    The EP is available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.

    Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
    It’s a tough one for us at the moment because we are both really busy so we didn’t organise a specific EP release gig, but we’re hoping to do some more shows in the near future. We’re just stoked to have some new music out in the world!


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    The Eighth Note: RANEA

    12.01.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.

    A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

    Today’s guest is RANEA.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    RANEA is a talented recording artist and composer in both Māori & English. I hail from Rātana Pā. I am a passionate performer and adept on a variety of musical instruments, including trombone, harmonica, keyboard and guitar. My brand of music is Māori language reggae, jazz, rock and is self-described as ‘māramatanga’ music inspired by the prophecies of the Māori prophets.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I have completed two music videos which are due to air on television this summer. I have also recorded a single entitled Matariki, planned for release June of this year.

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    On my Facebook page RANEA. You can purchase my Vodafone award winning album Tihei Mauri Ora on iTunes.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Kind of Blue (Miles Davis), Survival (Bob Marley and the Wailers), Surfing with the Alien (Jo Satriani).

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    Hollie Smith and Bella Kalolo.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Magic Gardens.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Sometimes a melody, a hook, a word or phrase will present itself through general conversation, dreams, or spontaneous ‘nature’ music. The intonation, tone, rhythm of speech sometimes creates its corresponding melody. These are the building blocks that nurture an organic process. Experimenting with a variety of genre that best conveys the purpose and key message of the song helps to create and define the arrangement. Performing the song live, testing the harmonies and key changes helps to refine the composition.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Magic Gardens Wellington, 14 Jan, and Waitangi Waititi Auckland 06 Feb, with Southside of Bombay.


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    The Eighth Note: Finn Johansson

    11.01.18 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.

    A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

    Today’s guest is Finn Johansson.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    I’m a long time guitarist and songwriter who’s recently fallen in love with the piano.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    I just released a couple bangers that you can find on my Bandcamp page (they’re not really bangers unless large amounts of feelings constitute a banger).

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    Bandcamp.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    Scribe – The Crusader
    Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
    Gillian Welch – Time (The Revelator)

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    I’m lucky – I work and play with such incredible people here in Wellington that I’d be surprised if there was anyone I’d rather do it with anywhere else on the planet. That’s Dick Whyte (Bent Folk), Chris Wratt and the folks from Miles Calder and the Rumours and ONONO. That being said, I’d love to do some jamming with Emerald from Draghound and/or Maddy from Moody V and the Menstrual Cycle (but she just left town so dang!). Emily Fairlight is a no brainer. Or Rose Blake (Blaek)! I’m getting carried away but it’s your fault Wellington, you wonderful bastard you.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Probably San Fran with Bernie on the desk and Many Hands doing the lighting. Also would love to see a resurgence of house party gigs, but it’s a complicated one juggling all the logistics, especially with regards to saf(er) spaces.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the band’s songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    I write lyrics on my phone when I’m out and about, then play them on the piano or guitar a million times in my room in the middle of the night and they slowly take shape. When it comes to instrumentation in the recordings I usually play all the instruments myself and just experiment with what I have at hand.

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Tonight at Meow for Songwriters in the Round, and Bush Bash in Te Aro on Saturday!


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    New Album: Nick Granville

    21.12.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Nick Granville, who released a new album, ‘ReAMPED’, last month under the name Granville Shepherd Elise, which was recorded in Los Angeles with two other NZ musician’s.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    The new album, ReAMPED, was recorded in Los Angeles, California at Kronos recording studios, September 2017.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    The album was produced by me, Nick Granville, and the engineer was Gary Novak. Gary is one of LA’s top drummers having worked extensively with Chick Corea, Alanis Morisette, George Benson and countless others. We composed the tunes the day before hitting the studio. The music was a collaboration between Benjamin J. Shepherd, Dylan Elise and Nick Granville.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    I provided a few ideas prior to the rehearsal/writing session, which were nothing more than a few notes, chords or grooves, but most ideas we came up with on the spot in a rehearsal room the day prior to hitting the studio. While this might sound unusual, for us it is just how we work. We are improvisors at heart, as we all play mostly jazz, so to compose is essentially just writing down what we might have improvise otherwise.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    Yes, and no. We are trying to be honest to ourselves musically so when you do that you get a sound that is your own to an extent. Everyone thinks they have their own sound so I guess we will let others decide if we actually do. We draw on our influences and this is apparent in the music I think.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Recording is Los Angeles was amazing in that sense. The gear available was on a different level to anything in New Zealand or almost anywhere else for that matter. For example Dylan had a catalogue of hundreds of snare drums to choose from for the recording sessions.

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    I think ‘Pablito’s chicken’ and ‘Gotchu Bro’ sum up the album. They are groove tunes, with interesting elements and the titles sum up the vibe.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    At this stage there is only digital copies available on Bandcamp, CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon but physical CD’s will be available from early 2018.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    There is 3 video’s on YouTube of the recording process. A 10 minute video documentary type look at the recording, a 3 minute summary and a 1 minute quick look. There is also lots of videos of the process on my Instagram page.


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    The Eighth Note: Intergracia

    21.12.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.

    A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

    Today’s guest is Tim from Kapiti metal band Intergracia.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    Intergracia is a Wellington / Kapiti Based Melodic Heavy Metal band that was formed in 2008 currently consisting of the following line up.
    Tim Mekalick: Vocals & Guitar
    Andrew McGregor: Guitar
    Jarred Hooper: Bass & Vocals
    Michael Erwin: Drums
    Over the years our music has taken on many different sounds and influences, going through Progressive Metal, Folk Metal & even tiny elements of Black and Thrash along the way. But the one thing that has remained a constant musically for us is our Heavy Yet Melodic nature of the Tunes especially in the use of our Riffs, Solos & Guitar Harmonies which I’d say personally is the biggest influence of them all.

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    We have actually just released a 5 track Monster of an album by the name of RISE OF THE INCUBUS which is now available on CD & Bandcamp.
    It has taken a lot of time and hard work but we are incredibly proud of the final result.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    All of our updates will usually go to the Facebook page. And our music can streamed or downloaded on our Bandcamp Site.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    To be honest I think each member would give you a completely different answer on this one but for me the three most influential albums growing up would have to be:
    Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous
    Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast
    Wintersun – Wintersun

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    We have had the absolute pleasure of working with some amazing Musicians in our time but even in saying that I could just about be here all day with the list of people and bands we have yet to work with but would absolutely Love to.
    One band that springs to mind immediately is an up and coming act by the name of Dark Divinity, containing some VERY talented players and Awesome dudes.
    Have also got huge respect for the following three singers and would love to have them on for guest vocals sometime.
    Hamish Murry – Fallen Order
    Edmund Hintz – Red Dawn
    Louis Baker – Solo Stuff
    Like I said though, the list goes on and we haven’t even left wellington yet haha.

    What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    By far the easiest question I’ve had to answer so far, Our Home away from Home, None Other than the almighty VALHALLA. Run by one of the most Amazing Bar owners, Gig Organisers & People we have ever had the Honour of working with Mr Ben Valknut Mulchin.

    In your song writing or composing (or the band’s song writing) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    The composition of a typical Intergracia song will usually start with one or two of us mucking around with a few riffs on the guitar. Once we find the riff that sticks we keep building on it & tearing it down & building on it again along with Bass and Drums until eventually the musical part of it is complete. Once we’re happy with that, the song theme followed by the lyrics will begin its magic (Again with a lot of editing in the process).

    Where/when is your next gig?
    Without revealing too many details (JUST Yet) we will be in Auckland on Saturday March 17th & Wellington on Friday March 23rd.


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    New Single: Ghost Who Walks

    20.12.17 | Permalink | 1 Comment | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Single’ is where a band or artist answers a couple of quick questions about their latest Single release. Up next is Sam from Ghost Who Walks.

    What is the song about lyrically?
    Lyrically “Vertigo” explores the concepts of light and dark, high’s and low’s and the idea that inside we have a true compass that guides us to overcome our fears and trancend into our ultimate purpose.

    Who produced/recorded it? Did the track come together in the studio, or at home?
    It was produced by myself, Sam Fowles, with Joseph Shepheard on bass and Josh Brown on drums. It was mixed and recorded at Surgery Studios in Wellington by Lee Prebble and then mastered at Munki Studios, Park Road by Mike Gibson.
    The song itself was written at home in my bedroom, just me and a guitar. I smashed it out in a couple of hours and it felt good so I took it to the band and we developed it as a group from there. Playing it live for such a long time before recording really honed it into the tune it is now.

    Were there any gear or effects that you used in the mix to get the sound you were after?
    We used a lot of fuzzed out guitars in the overdubs and some wah wah guitars here and there. We also played with phasers and implemented side panning as a tip of the hat to early stereo pioneers a la Hendrix.

    Is this a stand-alone track or part of an upcoming album or EP?
    “Vertigo” is part of our debut four track EP to be released in February next year.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    The Eighth Note: Flo Wilson

    15.12.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.

    A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.

    Today’s guest is Flo Wilson.

    Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
    I’m Flo Wilson and I’m a composer/performer who writes music which doesn’t usually have a time signature (although I have been known to dabble) and is usually called ’experimental’. It’s often in a minor key and a little introspective in nature, but not drone music per se… I don’t really know how to define it, but luckily that’s not up to me 🙂

    What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
    My collaborator Olivia Webb and I are in the midst of our sound art residency at Toi Pōneke in Wellington which will culminate in new sound works, tbc! You can catch us at the Toi Pōneke Gallery from January 12th.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where is the best place people can follow you & find your music?
    flowilson.com for the hub and links to music, but skip ahead for my latest music video featuring the incomparable dancers Rosie Tapsell and Bella Wilson.

    What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
    That’s tough because albums weren’t the only way I consumed music when I was younger… I grew up in the age of LimeWire vs. car radio. I have a few faves though: Siouxsie and the Banshees – Kaleidoscope, the BBC radio play series of the Lord Of The Rings and Massive Attack – Mezzanine.

    Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
    I’d love to write for orchestra some day, but I don’t know if I’m quite on that path yet! It’s difficult to choose though with so many gifted and interesting performers here in the city. I sung in the Eru Dangerspiel choir run by Riki Gooch when I was 18 and that was so special. I’d love to do something like that again, really high energy performative work.

    What is your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
    Moon is great, but to be honest it’s hard to go past the acoustics in the Adam Art Gallery. That space is SO interesting sonically. Try coughing really loudly next time you’re in there and see how long it takes to die away and where the sound ends up! So cool.

    In your songwriting or composing (or the bandís songwriting) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
    Usually with a melodic motif and a whole lot of textural sounds which are collaged together when the mood feels right. It’s like making pastry – very tricky to get right without it sounding sloppy. So a lot of patience is required, but that’s half the fun of when you get it right!

    Where/when is your next gig?
    I will be playing as part of the Toi Pōneke Sound Residency alongside Olivia Webb during January & February. We’d love to see you there!


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    New Album: Richter City Rebels

    30.11.17 | Permalink | Comment? | By


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is Dan from Richter City Rebels, who are just about to release their new album ‘Hard Work Hard Money’.

    When/where was the new album recorded?
    Mostly at The Surgery in Newtown, Wellington but we did a couple special vocal overdubs elsewhere, and one of the singles, Never Know, was recorded at the RNZAF band rooms.

    Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
    We were very lucky to have legendary engineer Mike Gibson (Munki Studios) with us for the tracking, mixing and mastering. The tunes were composed long before the session but we did make some of the decisions in the studio, and Mike had some great technical and creative input along the way.

    How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
    We write the tunes as individuals and adjust them once we’ve played them. The songs really take shape on stage, but we have a few special traditions such as playing a brand new tune for the first time at soundcheck, or writing tunes or lyrics on specific stretches of road across the country.

    Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
    We want to bring the party atmosphere of the second line in New Orleans to our audience here, and also to have some of our friends as guests.

    Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
    Very expensive microphones, and sacred ancient Jamaican medicines made from fermented sugar… heh

    Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
    B.M.C. (the second single written by our trumpet player Ben Hunt) was written after some of our members spent time partying with TBC Brass Band at the Balcony Music Club in New Orleans in 2016. It’s got all the key ingredients – Huge minor-y bass line, screaming trumpet, hot spicy Latin flavour, a very very special solo by “Lil'” Glenn Hall from the legendary godfathers of modern second line Rebirth Brass Band, and a deadly vocal feature from local crew Raw Collective and Jinz Moss. It’s unstoppable and it’s gonna be absolutely fearsome when we play it live (with Raw Collective in effect) at the release show on December 1.

    Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
    CDs will go on sale at the release show, and it’s available on all digital platforms including Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp from December 1st.

    Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs?
    There are plans! Watch this space!


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