Los Angeles punk rockers letlive. announce that they will wrap up their Australasian tour with a long-awaited New Zealand show at Auckland’s Kings Arms on January 18.
Following the release of their fourth studio album If I’m The Devil… in June, the band will undertake extensive American and European tours throughout the second half of 2016 before bringing their unforgettable live show down under to kick off the new year.
With a sound that Afropunk described as "the first truly unique post-hardcore band in years," letlive. is a band that reflects humanity as a collection of emotional, frontal-lobe beings, and uses their ambition to ignite the same passion with their fans.
Since their beginning in 2002, letlive. has been a band that is not easy to categorize. In fact, letlive. refuse to be constrained by the ideas of a "scene" – whether it is punk, metal, indie, rap. However, If I’m the Devil… necessitates a genre, one could posit revolutionary counterculture music - a punk rock Run the Jewels, a more emotional Rage Against the Machine and Public Enemy with more inclusive politics.
The album is the follow up to letlive.'s critically-lauded 2013 release, The Blackest Beautiful. The time spent between that and 2016 are defined by the band's engagement with the the issues of race and police violence that have rocked the United States. With those ideas, letlive. is a band that aims to bring political messages into rock music again. “Our music is very left-leaning. It’s very clear I have a large disdain for the way a lot of systems are working and our society’s incapability to unravel," front man Jason Butler states.
Jason Butler (vocals), RJ Johnson (bass), Jeff Sahyoun (guitar) and Loniel Robinson (drums) recorded If I'm The Devil… at Kingsize Studiolabs in Los Angeles, with Kiwi co-producer Justyn Pilbrow, best known on these shores for his years with ELEMENO P.
Wednesday January 18th: Kings Arms, Auckland
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