The new WAIRUNGA album features five fresh Freddy songs and we revisit
two classics, all captured during a secret outdoor performance sans
audience with wild weather elements playing an important creative role.
WAIRUNGA digital release out the gate 20th Aug with vinyl to follow.
We embark on the national WAIRUNGA Album Release Tour this Sept, playing
Christchurch Town Hall 10 Sept and Dunedin Town Hall 11 Sept with
special guest Harper Finn, Nelson’s Trafalgar Centre 16 Sept and
Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre 18 Sept with Special Guest Deva
Mahal, and Auckland Town Hall 23 Sept and Hamilton’s The Factory 25 Sept
with Special Guest Rubi Du. Tickets On Sale MON 19 July. Chur.
WAIRUNGA album unleashes 'Coffee Black' cosmic hot buttered soul and
cinematic wigged out psyche-blues, 'Shady' an Afro-Acid adventure, ’Bush
Telegraph' reggae dub feat MC Slave, and 'Leave Your Window Open' and
'Dig Deep', loose rhythmic experiments with subterranean bass and
twisted up melodies. 'Bones' and 'Wairunga Blues' are our rebirth of
cool classics, the latter a fitting tribute to this magical place.
Places we roam, Wairunga is located deep in Ngāti Kahungunu country
overlooking Waimarama, an oasis of green pasture and native tree-filled
valleys that fall away to the ocean below. It's etched into our DNA over
the past 20 years; a place to party, relax between tours, even to get
married, and yes the inspiration for 'Wairunga Blues' originally
released on BAYS album.
Throwing caution to the trade winds, literally, we set up on a grass
tennis court surrounded by a bush backdrop. The weather elements ranged
from calm to tempest-like bursts of rain and chill winds. We dug deep,
lost in the moment. Keeping on the LOCK-IN tip, our WAIRUNGA performance
was filmed and a one hour concert film special will premiere free
online 31st July and 1st August. Appointment viewing and a taste of the
album and tour on the horizon. Arohanui everyone. Stay tuned!!