BY JACK LEONARD

 

Fat Freddy’s Drop drop single, announce tour

Fat Freddy’s Drop say that their new track Trickle Down is an electronic-driven reaction to the politics of the day – the false economic principle of wealth trickling down from the 1% to the 99%. As they sing of running out of patience while waiting for the rain to fall, a confident, steady beat propels us forward as a sign of promise.

The crew have also given us another reason to look forward to summer with the announcement of an eight show tour starting in early January. The support acts are huge too; newcomers to the Freddy’s tour bus include rising R&B star Bailey Wiley, dirt-blues extraordinaire Troy Kingi and reggae-soul funksters, The Black Seeds, Salmonella Dub, Tiki Taane, and more to be announced! Freddy’s summer tour frequent flyers returning for 2019 include the incredible Norman Jay MBE, NZ’s hip-hop and soul queen Ladi6, and Logg Cabin.

 

Alien Weaponry drop new video

New Zealand’s youngest thrashers continue their hot run since the release of Tū with the new music video for WhispersWhispers is nothing short of a political song, utilising both te reo Māori and English along with a range of visual and aural excerpts within the video to cover topics ranging from Don Brash controversies to the infamous Foreshore and Seabed Act. If Alien Weaponry’s messages continue to be as confrontational as their music, this young band’s career will be a wild ride.

In less important news, it seems that facial hair has decided to join the band.

 

Theia releases Bad Idea

We last spoke to Christchurchian Theia before she headed off on tour after the release of her EP, and it seems that since then the gears haven’t stopped turning. Bad Idea is a catchy, bass-heavy, pop banger with sincere lyrics to boot. Perfect for Friday nights.

 

Jed Parsons’ RNZ performance is sweet

In this week’s edition of “things we missed at the time,” we have Jed Parsons’ 12th July performance of I Need Her. Don’t let the long hair and moustache fool you, this man lays down a smooth love song that’ll have you crying in somebody’s arms in no time. Though you’ll snap out of that near the end once the band really start feeling it.

 

Jam of the Week

Mouse on the Keys are a sweet Japanese outfit with one of the most hectic drummers I’ve ever heard. Prepare yourself for some real wizardry, and get digging into their catalog if it takes your fancy.

 

 

JACK LEONARD is a Cinema and Media graduate with a penchant for dogs that look like wolves. He’s a music enthusiast who divides his time evenly between consuming unhealthy amounts of media and getting lost in forests. 

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