Soaked Oats announce AU/NZ tour

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photog Jake Mein

photog Jake Mein

New Zealand’s indie sludge-pop rockers Soaked Oats are on a high after a massively successful summer of Australia and New Zealand touring and alternative radio chart-topping success following the release of latest singles Driftworld and Shuggah Doom. The four-piece Dunedin band never stay still for long, and Soaked Oats are back with brand new single Coming Up in celebration of the announcement of their new EP Sludge Pop, to be released digitally and on delicious 10" vinyl on Friday, June 14th 2019.

Soaked Oats are a young four-piece band that formed in Dunedin, New Zealand who have been described as "a southern stew of Kevin Morby and LCD Soundsystem with a good shake of Mac DeMarco".

Their latest singles include Driftworld and Shuggah Doom, the latter of which stormed to the top of Alternative Radio Charts in New Zealand, and was picked up by the astute RRR, FBi, Tone Deaf, Rage and MTV in Australia alongside RNZ and student radio across New Zealand.

Not only do the boys have a new EP in the wings, but today they announce their landmark-signing to Australian record label Dot Dash.  With label mates of high indie calibre as Methyl Ethel, Carla Geneve, Gabriella Cohen and Total Giovanni, this signing marks a huge career step for the band. All that hard work, endless touring and careful honing of the band's sonic and visual aesthetic have paid off!

Originally formed as a label for Australian artists only, Dot Dash / Remote Control Records co-owner Harvey Saward commented on the addition of a New Zealand band to the roster. "In the fine tradition of Mother Goose's Baked Bean song, Sharon O'Neil and the pavlova; it seemed only right for an Aussie label to claim another golden Kiwi as our own. Joking! We saw this band play live in Melbourne a couple of times and alongside the new recordings we believe these young chaps have amazing potential".

The new single Coming Up brings the wistful self-examinations within Soaked Oats' lyrics to the fore, drawing the listener into a reflective, nostalgic soundscape. Paired with a video directed by Jake Munro (Avantdale Bowling Club, Yukon Era), the flickering black-and-white film depicts the boy’s adventures during their travels in a 34 foot 1980’s R.V. they called home for their 10 week, 20 thousand mile, D.I.Y U.S. tour in 2018. The video transports us through both rural and suburban America. We witness caravan parks, waterfalls and underground gig venues, following the boys on their travels through the grainy lens of nostalgia and longing for a time now passed. 

Vocalist Oscar Mein shares, "The footage was captured on mountains of rolls of super 16 and super 8mm film. Jake (Munro) and I retreated to a cabin on New Zealand’s wild west coast of the South Island and spent days trawling through it all to find the excerpts that fitted and established the progression found within the song."

Speaking on new single Coming Up, lead singer/songwriter Oscar Mein says, “I had just written the first half of the lyrics as a poem. I was trying to personify a low morning in the immediate surroundings of a bedroom. Henry sent through a demo he had done titled ‘coming up from behind’, and I started playing around with applying the poem to the song while working within the title he had given it. I wrote the last few lines in a more positive headspace with Tom Bell at Chicks Hotel where we recorded it. Tom Healy added a bunch of nice stuff to this song, and it wouldn't be what it is without him, especially that acoustic guitar that chimes through when we get grooving and the synth parts too, plus a lot of other tasty bits. The cover photo is an image I took of my close friend Louis. He’s a very talented poet who also writes about crappy mornings sometimes, often after he has just woken up.” 

Coming Up was recorded in Dunedin by Tom Bell at the iconic Chicks Hotel in Port Chalmers. The track was produced in Auckland at Paquin Studios (The Lab) by Tom Healy (Tiny Ruins, Miss June, Finn Andrews) and Soaked Oats. 'Coming Up' is accompanied by a music video shot and directed, once again, by Jake Munro (Avantdale Bowling Club, Marlin’s Dreaming, Yukon Era), who shot the video on location as the touring adventures unfurled in the U.S.

Soaked Oats 2019 AUS/NZ Tour

Wednesday 26 June, 2019 - The Bearded Lady, Brisbane
tickets via Oztix
Friday 28 June, 2019 - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
tickets via Moshtix
Saturday 29 June, 2019 - Grace Darling Hotel, Melbourne
tickets via Eventbrite

Saturday 22 June, 2019 - Winter Festival, Queenstown*
Friday 5 July, 2019 - Totara St - Mount Maunganui
Saturday 6 July, 2019 - Galatos - Auckland**
Thursday 11 July, 2019, San Fran - Wellington
Saturday 13 July, 2019,  Blue Smoke - Christchurch
Thursday 18 July, 2019, The Cook - Dunedin (All Ages)
Friday 19 July, 2019, The Cook - Dunedin

tickets for NZ Shows via underthearadar 
*Queenstown Winter Festival - Free Show
** Auckland - Tickets from Venue

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Soaked Oats - Sludge Pop (EP)
Out on 10" vinyl & digital - June 14th, 2019

1. Shuggah Doom (extended version)
2. Coming Up
3. Driftworld
4. My Mud Your Shoes
5. Don't Chew