Monday, January 23, 2012

Red Eyes tour NZ

Australian reggae outfit The Red Eyes tour NZ for the first time soon, and later this year they play Papua New Guinea, also a first for them. Exciting year! Two members of the band are originally Kiwis, so this tour marks a homecoming of sorts for them. 

Nice Up has an interview with the band here. The band say "We tend to have a darker edge, so the themes are heavier, and the focus on dub means that no one has ever accused us of being 'Barbecue Reggae'!... Expect a big live show, with our two-piece horn section, four-part harmonies, and very energetic front-man El, who reviewers frequently compare to a Maori Iggy Pop."

Some background... "The Red Eyes - Australia’s much loved dub/reggae monster group - celebrate their 10th birthday in 2012 with their first NZ Tour, kicking off at Mint Bar, Wanaka on Jan 26, before taking in venues in Dunedin, Wellington, Leigh, Hamilton and Auckland. They will also appear at the inaugural Winchfest music festival and wakeboarding comp on Jan 28 performing alongside Katchafire, Cornerstone Roots and more.

The Red Eyes ‘NZ Homecoming Tour’ heralds the prodigal return of NZ’s long lost sons El Witeri and Damien Charles. Born and bred in Auckland, the two musicians’ musical roots were developed touring around NZ throughout the 90’s before they reconnected in Oz and honed their alternative dub/reggae style for an appreciative Australian audience.

Over 10 years their fan base has grown exponentially, seeing them play major festivals throughout the pacific and Australia including the 2011 Australian Raggamuffin tour with Jimmy Cliff and Mary J Blige.

Established in 2002 The Red Eyes’ successful 2nd album ‘Red Army’ was a finalist for Best Blues and Roots Album at the Australian Independent Record Label Awards and lead singer El Witeri was a finalist for APRA songwriter of the year. 2007 release ‘Rudeworld’ and their two EP’s ‘Highplace’ and Prolific/My Kingdom’ have collectively sold over 12,000 copies worldwide.

Exploding onto the NZ turf with a string of club dates through Jan and Feb 2012, The Red Eyes are touring their new track Circles, the first single release from their anticipated third album."

Circles by The Red Eyes

Thu 26 Jan: Mint Bar (Wanaka)
With The Nomad (DJ Set)
Fri 27 Jan: 12 Below (Dunedin)
With Skull Dubbery and DJ Jungle Far I
Sat 28 Jan: Bodega (Wellington)
With Newtown Sound feat Israel Starr
Sun 29 Jan: Winchfest (New Plymouth)
With Katchafire and Cornerstone Roots + more
Fri 3 Feb: Sawmill Cafe (Leigh)
With Dam Native and DJ Dubhead
Sat 4 Feb: Flow Bar (Hamilton)
With guest DJ Captain Nemo
Sun 5 Feb: Kings Arms (Auckland)
With Guest Dam Native & DJ Dubhead

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