The New Zealand band will be performing at London’s Alexandra Palace on 18th October next year, one of many gigs they will be playing in 2014. With plans to perform at the Tollwood Festival and Zelt-Musik-Festival in July, the Wellington-based seven piece are ready to take on 2014 after hitting new heights this year.
Their third LP release, Blackbird, led to the band selling out Village Underground in June as well as Brixton Academy in October after reaching their highest ever UK chart position. The LP is believed to be the best reflection of their musical philosophy, with each song around 8 minutes in length allowing for an hour worth of rap, jazz and blues – bringing together each members influences and inspiration.
Blackbird is bursting with sounds of underground soul with a twist of electronic funk, a musical combination that has become some what foreign in the UK with the likes of deep house and pop dominating the charts.
However, the evident success in the UK this year provides the band with hope of a promising future out with New Zealand and after being together for 14 years, band member DJ Fitchie said “the band is loving the bigger stages and opportunity to explore more impressive production.”
2014 marks the ongoing growth and achievements of the band as the continually accomplish new goals and break down new barriers.
Words: Sarah Mushet