Picking up the pace from his heartfelt folk released to date, Whangarei native and Melbourne dweller Tom Lee-Richards has arrived with 'Beside You', a new track for those who want to move and celebrate being open in the moment.
'Beside You' is another collaboration with producer Countbounce (Jarryd James, Ash Grunwald), which began with the 2015 release of debut single ‘The Wearing Kind’. Contrasting with the sparse weight of 2016's ‘Madness’, the music video for which screened at the Auckland International Film Festival, Beside You’s elevating rhythms and unusual synth melodies reinforce an inviting lyrical story about connection. It shows another side of Tom Lee-Richard’s material and gives as hint at what can be expected on the forthcoming debut mini-album due for release late 2017.
The video for Beside You was directed by Lachlan Dickie who is renowned for his highly crafted commercials and music video work for Cut Copy, Miami Horror and Architecture in Helsinki. Dickie not only creates a bold and imaginative visual to accompany Tom’s own abstract way of song writing, but also expertly utilizes the expansive landscape of Otago, New Zealand to embolden the sense of gravitas within the song and to create a dystopian future world.
Of the video, Tom Lee-Richards explains, "The video explores connection in odd situations, in this case an almost real love affair with a life-sized future doll and the drama between a couple in a teenage motocross gang. Inspired by films like ‘LA GUERRE DU FEU’, a French dialogue free feature film about cavemen, Lachlan the director asks what kind of relationships would exist within a devolved civilisation. Even if we have progressed incredibly and have conquered mortality, I wonder what kind of strange world will be left to experience."
The new single is one of two tracks to be lifted from the forthcoming mini-album. Following a UK + EU tour, Tom will also be back late 2017 to tour our NZ homeland.
Listen to Beside You through Spotify, Bandcamp and purchase through iTunes.
Alison Moyet kicks off her New Zealand tour tonight - playing at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington before heading to Auckland's ASB Theatre on Saturday and finishing up at the Isaac Theatre in Christchurch on Monday.
Bic Runga will be performing with a full band on her three-date New Zealand tour, where the first half of the show will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Drive, the second half featuring hits, favourites and her stellar guests.
Renowned around the world as one of the most dynamic live performers of her generation, international pop icon P!NK has announced her Beautiful Trauma World Tour will hit Australia and New Zealand in July – September of 2018.
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.
Have you ever considered sharing your most personal experiences with the entire world? Well come this Friday 14th July, that’s what Emma Cameron, the rocking front-woman of kiwi band Decades is about to do, when they release their long-awaited full length debut album, The Truth And Other People, so we sat down with the cheerful front woman to discover just what truth this album reveals..
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!
One month on from the release of their third album [Wade Waist Deep], American rock band Thomas Wynn & The Believers are back on the road, breaking beyond the southern rock scene with complex, pulsing rhythms and breathtaking harmonies.
Due to significant weekend rainfall, and the forecast of more rain over the next 72 hours, Coffs Harbour City Council, Frontier Touring, John Logan Entertainment and Midnight Oil management have met and reviewed the site for Midnight Oil’s show on Thursday 19 October.
After their 2012 Mercury Prize-nominated debut and 2015’s Top 20 follow-up Born Under Saturn, musical adventurers Django Django are back for 2017, exploring new sounds with their brand new album Marble Skies
After stunning, sold-out concerts across the US, legendary Led Zep drummer Bonzo's greatest legacy - his son Jason - brings his critically acclaimed concert, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, to New Zealand for just two performances.
Playing their breakthrough debut self-titled album in its entirety, pop rock sensations We The Kings will return to New Zealand and Australia to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their breakthrough self-titled debut album.