I was pretty happy to be taking photos & reviewing last night's Seether gig for a couple of reasons; Seethers' last show here in NZ was sold out pretty much instantly & venue upgraded with the shows receiving great feedback. Seether now have six studio albums under their belt, multi-platinum level sales & have enjoyed constant radio airplay since 1999, plus work a well-known huge tour schedule (that makes me feel sick to think about), seasoned pro's so I was expecting a huge fantastic onstage persona (& amazing action photo opportunities for me)... and also to be honest, I'm just a bit of a sucker for a good rock concert. Ekko Parkwas opening, and always put on a good show (I admire headline bands that use locals for their support over bringing the next big thing along with them... so kudos Seether).
An audience of all ages; predominately 20-35 was surprisingly sedate for Ekko Parks downplayed entrance who were not offering a huge applause as Ekko took the stage... just a medium sized one. Neither-less, Ekko got stuck in like true professionals, the sound was spot on, the light show rad & the Auckland based band did a stellar job. The sedate 20-something year olds in the audience were won & warmed in the first song & were clapping & cheeringfrom there on in. I haven't heard a bad thing about their performance & really enjoyed the set!
So Seether entered the room... we were introduced with 'No Jesus Christ', a huge rumbling, bubbly eerie sounds that were glorious. It was a melodic and slow building culminating with a huge drum solo, enthralling & mesmerising the kind of concert drums that rumble in your chest & blow your mind, I kinda liked that muchly & so did the audience.
Seether got right into it, not so much audience interaction at the beginning, but they sounded fantastic; from wherever you were in the venue. A wide range of music was played from pop to grungy rock to ballads & even a fantastic cover of Tenacious D's 'Fuck Her Gently' which the audience laughed, cheered & joined in the singing. Seether onstage looked wonderful and present; once the banter started we were treated to a few funny stories about drinking challenges won by South Africans & the likes.
As far as highlights for me; I loved every minute of Broken, really stood out. Sang solo by lead singer Shaun Morgan, A huge sound, full of emotion & the absence of evanescence singer Amy Lee (who for some reason kind of grates on my ears) on vocals made it for sublime for me.
All in all; a fab night out on a chilly night in the city with Seether! I am impressed by their faultless rock'n'roll performance definitely... didn't quite get the action I expected in my photos, but all in all a great show that I was glad to be part of.
Good one Seether, enjoy your next leg in Australia.
The I Love The 90s Tour returns to Auckland next year March 23rd at Auckland’s Spark Arena, with a completely off the chain lineup featuring classic Hip Hop crew Naughty by Nature. Vin Rock from the Grammy Award winning rap group speaks fondly of this country and love of our people.
The Soundsplash Festival is returning to Raglan in January 2018. Local reggae favourites Katchafire are returning to feature on the bill. We sent a few questions over to lead vocalist Logan Bell ahead of the festival.
Following 2015’s Kitty, Daisy & Lewis'The Third', the sibling trio are back stronger than ever, harnessing their ability to create pop-infused soul, blues, rock n roll and a large mix of genres to perfection, in the shape of their fourth studio album, Superscope.
Kylie Price has just released her new album Bones. Last week she appeared on theNZ Entertainment Podcast, where she sang a new song I Dont Want To Go off the album while talking shop about her dream gig to play with Ed Sheeran and her Philipino roots.
Last week I caught up withPeter Hook ahead of returning down under for Australasian leg of the Joy Division and New Order Substance tour. We had a great chat about the spirit of punk, what it takes to write a book and why shows like the X-factor are so unhealthy…
Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest acts, South Pacific reggae-soul legends, The Black Seeds are set to tour the country in September, following the release of their long awaited 6th studio album Fabric, (out today - Friday September 8th).
Jacqueline Nalpant is a Booking Agent for the Paradigm Talent Agency, and is heading to New Zealand early next month where she'll be one of the speakers for the Going Global Music Summit (Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September at Roundhead Studios, Auckland).
Since making her musical debut with her song Drift early last year, fast attracting a solid fan base and over 1 million plays across Spotify and Soundcloud in just a few months, Madeline North, better known by her musical moniker So Below, has once again blessed us with a moodier, masterful electro-pop banger, titled Ruin.
Since forming in 1998, the Antwerp, Belgium based trio Triggerfinger have long become a mainstay on the rock scene, building a solid reputation across Europe, the US, Canada and beyond, as one of the hardest-driving and sharpest dressing bands around.
Popular metalcore group Northlane are on their way to New Zealand. The Sydney band are touring North America taking in countries like Chile and Mexico as they head our way down-under next month to play Wellington’s San Fran then Auckland at the iconic Kings Arms.
Returning to New Zealand for the first time in three years, Australian metalcore band In Hearts Wake are on their way to our shores next month for a quick run of shows supporting their label cohorts Northlane.
Courtney Marie Andrews has landed in New Zealand, and set to play two concerts this week with Joe Pug - tonight at San Fran in Wellington (Wed July 19) and tomorrow night at The Tuning Fork in Auckland (Thu July 20).
Auckland two-piece Skinny Hobos, Alex Elvis and Texas Holdom, are heading on a 5 date New Zealand tour with headliners Decades, Bakers Eddy and Dead Favours. Kicking off tonight in Hamilton (July 14), the tour will also take them to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and finishes up in Dunedin.
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Whilst Sonny Landreth is a well known slide-guitar master, zydeco enthusiast and phenomenal blues legend, what you may not know about him, is that he is one of the nicest gentlemen in the entire universe.
He was always the boy next door type energy, that type of person you just always wanted to be around. From day one, Shay Taylor has always been one to break the mold and live life in such a vibrant and contagious manner, that no matter who he spoke to, they walked away feeling great!
To celebrate the recent announcement of their debut album Idiot Proverbs, set for release on Friday 12 January, Tiny Little Houses have revealed both the music video for their single ‘Entitled Generation’ and their highly anticipated Australian album tour for February and March 2018.
After crisscrossing the Northern Hemisphere for over a year in support of their brilliant seventh studio album Ellipsis, Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro announce their return to New Zealand for one all-ages show at Spark Arena on April 24.