5 Epic King Missile IV prize packs to be won

Epic Pale Ale 4 Pack - SideWe’re most pleased to announce that we have five rather Epic prize packs to give away to one lucky person in each centre who buys themselves a pre-sale ticket to King Missile IV before the show.

Buy a ticket to the shows in Auckland, Napier, Wellington, Dunedin or Christchurch and you could win:
A brand new King Missile IV t-shirt
A copy each of the unreleased new King Missile IV and LoveyDove CDs
Dan West “Does It Suit You?” CD
Psychic Maps ‘”1st (Second) Lo-Fi Record” CD
Vorn “More Songs About Girls and the Apocalypse” CD
A.J. Sharma “You Are a Traveler” CD
Dance Asthmatics “Liquid Lunch” cassette single
AND a 4-pack of super tasty Epic Pale Ale
Basically, you’re winning music from every band on the tour.
***How to win: Buy a ticket before midday on the day of your chosen show, and then email Renee: powertoolrecordsnz1@gmail.com with your name and ticket number.
***We’re extending this prize offer to the good people who’ve already bought tickets: again, email: powertoolrecordsnz1@gmail.com with your name and ticket number.
***We’ll email the winner.
***Get tickets here:

King Missile poster tour final 339Thursday 12th February – Kings Arms, Auckland – King Missile IV plus LoveyDove, Dan West and Psychic Maps
http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/utr/show/SID/42268/N/King-Missile-IV-with-LoveyDove.utr

Sunday February 15 – The Cabana, Napier –  King Missile IV plus LoveyDove, Dan West and Golden Curtain
http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/utr/show/SID/42964/N/King-Missile-IV-with-LoveyDove.utr

Wednesday 18th February – Bodega, Wellington - King Missile IV plus LoveyDove, Dan West and the Vorn band
http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/utr/show/SID/42270/N/King-Missile-IV-with-LoveyDove.utr

Thursday 19th February – Chick’s Hotel, Dunedin – King Missile IV plus LoveyDove, Dan West and A.J.Sharma
http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/utr/show/SID/42595/N/King-Missile-IV-with-LoveyDove-.utr

Friday 20th February – Churchill’s, Christchurch - King Missile IV plus LoveyDove, Dan West and The Dance Asthmatics
http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/utr/show/SID/42596/N/King-Missile-IV-with-LoveyDove-.utr

King Missile tour firing on all cylinders with support act announcements

King Missile poster tour final 339When King Missile tour New Zealand for the first time ever this February, they’ll be bringing with them a show jammed to the gunnels with entertainment. As if the headlining act itself isn’t enough to provide an action-packed evening, the lineup includes 2 US supports plus a choice local act in each centre.

The King Missile band includes the duo LoveyDove, expert performers in their own right. They’ll take the stage to play their “deliciously chewy” soulful pop with a penetrating groove. Here’s the story of LoveyDove in a nutshell – East Coast girl (Azalia Snail) meets West Coast guy (Dan West), and together they create a shimmering, alluring dose of melodic pop n’ roll. And as the perfect twist to this tale, Azalia and Dan were married in April this year.

“…boy-girl adventure team LoveyDove have created an unusually irresistible blend of artful expression, psychedelic atmospherics, deft craftsmanship and flat-out mushy romance… Theirs is a deliciously chewy sound, loaded with dynamics, color and articulate lyrics that are both acutely chosen and shrewdly applied…definitely not for dummies”. — By Jonny Whiteside

John Payne of LA Weekly/BlueFat.com says:
“supremely melodic and wonderfully harmonized/high-grade modernist pop.”

LoveyDove’s West Coast boy Dan West is also a performer with an impressive pedigree, and he’ll be showcasing his own perfectly-penned tunes during the tour. West made his name in a scene known as The Paisley Underground (best known for The Bangles; Mazzy Star also had ties to the genre, and Prince named his label Paisley Park Records after the movement). He has performed on stage and on record with artists ranging from Sky Saxon of The Seeds and Bryan MacLean of Love to jazz artists such as Rosemary Clooney, Maynard Fergusson and Paula Kelly.  He has fronted many of his own groups, including Aguafantastica (Smile Records, LA) and Sidewalk Society (Fruits De Mer Records, UK) and scored the music for the upcoming documentary ‘Mr. Movie Poster’ about the life of artist Paul Crifohttp://www.mistermovieposter.com/about.html. Dan’s solo album ‘Hot Corners’ was released last summer on Powertool Records, and his new album ‘Does It Suit You’ has just been  released here.

Each centre will also host a quality New Zealand act as part of the bill:

Simon McLaren’s Psychic Maps will be making a rare Auckland appearance at the King’s Arms on Thursday February 12.

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Golden Curtain join the bill at the Cabana, Napier on February 15. Their album ‘Dream City’ was picked as one of the best of 2014 by US music blog Stereo Embers.

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The full Vorn band will be in action at Bodega in Wellington on February 18. Expect songs from Vorn’s critically acclaimed 2014 album ‘More Songs About Girls and the Apocalypse’, and other gems.

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A J Sharma makes a rare live outing at Chick’s in Dunedin on February 19.

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And to finish the tour, huge King Missile fans the Dance Asthmatics play at Churchill’s on February 20.

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Tour dates:

Thursday 12th February – Kings Arms, Auckland – with LoveyDove, Dan West and Psychic Maps

Sunday February 15 – The Cabana, Napier –  with LoveyDove, Dan West and Golden Curtain

Wednesday 18th February – Bodega, Wellington - with LoveyDove, Dan West and the Vorn band

Thursday 19th February – Chick’s Hotel, Dunedin – with LoveyDove, Dan West and A.J.Sharma

Friday 20th February – Churchill’s, Christchurch - with LoveyDove, Dan West and The Dance Asthmatics

From the band’s formation in 1986 and right throughout the 1990s, King Missile released a string of singles – and albums – that were resoundingly embraced by New Zealand’s student radio network: songs of note include ‘Take Stuff From Work, ‘Sensitive Artist’, ‘Jesus Was Way Cool’, ‘Gary and Melissa’, ‘Cheesecake Truck’, ‘Martin Scorsese’ and the hugely popular ‘Detachable Penis’ – just to name a few.
Check out King Missile’s work on Allmusic.com

King Missile disbanded in 1994, and in 1996 Hall released a solo album, ‘The Body Has a Head’, and in 1998 formed King Missile III. Hall has also had two books published: 1997’s Jesus Was Way Cool, a collection of 40 poems which became songs on King Missile/Hall albums; and 2007’s Daily Negations, a dark-humoured satire of self-help books. Hall went on to study law, co-founding a small entertainment law firm, and later taking on a law-related job at a major law firm.

John S. Hall continues to perform on a regular basis – solo, as a poet and musician – and more recently with the newly-formed King Missile IV, comprising Snail and West.

King Missile IV add South Island dates to their inaugural NZ tour

King Missile IV add South Island dates to their inaugural NZ tour

FullSizeRender 58.8kbWe at Powertool Records were ridiculously excited when we announced that King Missile IV (pronounced “King Missile the Fourth”) were making their very first visit to New Zealand. And now we’re even more elated to tell you that we can now confirm two South Island shows – Thursday February 19th at Chick’s in Dunedin, and Friday February 20th at Churchill’s, Christchurch.

The latest, perhaps greatest version of the unique and hugely influential King Missile is led by poet, songwriter, author, and intellectual property analyst – whatever that is – John S. Hall, who will be bringing his current band members Azalia Snail and Dan West (who are also known as the duo LoveyDove).

Tour dates:

Thursday 12th February – Kings Arms, Auckland

Saturday 14th February – Woodcock Festival, Tauranga

Wednesday 18th February – Bodega, Wellington

Thursday 19th February – Chick’s Hotel, Dunedin

Friday 20th February – Churchill’s, Christchurch

From the band’s formation in 1986 and right throughout the 1990s, King Missile released a string of singles – and albums – that were resoundingly embraced by New Zealand’s student radio network: songs of note include ‘Take Stuff From Work, ‘Sensitive Artist’, ‘Jesus Was Way Cool’, ‘Gary and Melissa’, ‘Cheesecake Truck’, ‘Martin Scorsese’ and the hugely popular ‘Detachable Penis’ – just to name a few.
Check out King Missile’s work on Allmusic.com

King Missile disbanded in 1994, and in 1996 Hall released a solo album, ‘The Body Has a Head’, and in 1998 formed King Missile III. Hall has also had two books published: 1997’s Jesus Was Way Cool, a collection of 40 poems which became songs on King Missile/Hall albums; and 2007’s Daily Negations, a dark-humoured satire of self-help books. Hall went on to study law, co-founding a small entertainment law firm, and later taking on a law-related job at a major law firm.

John S. Hall continues to perform on a regular basis – solo, as a poet and musician – and more recently with the newly-formed King Missile IV, comprising Snail and West. 

Dan West and Azalia Snail/LoveyDove

Dan West

Multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer Dan West made his name in a scene known as The Paisley Underground (best known for The Bangles; Mazzy Star also had ties to the genre, and Prince named his label Paisley Park Records after the movement).

He has also performed on stage and on record with artists ranging from Sky Saxon of The Seeds and Bryan MacLean of Love to jazz artists such as Rosemary Clooney, Maynard Fergusson and Paula Kelly.  He has fronted many of his own groups, including Aguafantastica (Smile Records, LA) and Sidewalk Society (Fruits De Mer Records, UK)and is currently one half of LoveyDove.  He scored the music for the upcoming documentary ‘Mr. Movie Poster’ about the life of artist Paul Crifohttp://www.mistermovieposter.com/about.html

Dan’s solo album ‘Hot Corners’ was released last summer on New Zealand-based label Powertool Records, and his new album ‘Does It Suit You’ is just about to be released.

Azalia Snail
Azalia Snail has recorded 11 critically-acclaimed albums, and is recognized as a pioneering force in the “lo-fi” movement of the 1990’s. Many influential labels have released her music, including Sub Pop and Dark Beloved Cloud, who launched their label with a split 7” by Azalia Snail and Sebadoh. In 1996, she was commissioned by MTV to score the music for the program “Ain’t Nuthin’ But A She Thing”, and she il has also composed music for several indie features and short films. She has toured consistently throughout the USA and Europe with such acts as Low, Sebadoh, The Black Heart Procession, Sportsguitar, and Illyah Kuryahkin. In 2000 Snail won the LA Weekly Music Award for Best New Genre.

She is currently in LoveyDove with Dan West.

LoveyDove
This duo make “deliciously chewy” soulful pop with a penetrating groove. And here’s the story of LoveyDove in a nutshell – East Coast girl (Azalia) meets West Coast guy(Dan) , and together they create a shimmering, alluring dose of melodic pop n’ roll.

And as the perfect twist to this tale, Azalia and Dan were married in April this year.

“…boy-girl adventure team LoveyDove have created an unusually irresistible blend of artful expression, psychedelic atmospherics, deft craftsmanship and flat-out mushy romance… Theirs is a deliciously chewy sound, loaded with dynamics, color and articulate lyrics that are both acutely chosen and shrewdly applied…definitely not for dummies”. — By Jonny Whiteside

John Payne of LA Weekly/BlueFat.com says:
“supremely melodic and wonderfully harmonized/high-grade modernist pop.”

LoveyDove’s influences include: Trio,The Teddybears, Illyah Kuryahkin, Dustry Springfield, T Rex, The Kinks, Love, Doves, The Troggs, Petula Clark, the Monkees, The Beatles, Lou Reed, Debussy, Stravinsky, Love American Style, Mary Tyler Moore, Dick van Dyke.

LoveyDove on Bandcamp

LoveyDove ‘Luka Fisher’ b/w ’Beppe of Italy’

Watch LoveyDove ‘Luka Fisher’

Watch LoveyDove’s Space Station 76 tribute: ‘Less is Never More’

Tickets are available from www.undertheradar.co.nz

Auckland ticket link

Wellington ticket link.

Dunedin/Port Chalmers ticket link

Christchurch ticket link

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King Missile IV to play New Zealand for the first time; and Brother Love with Darryl Baser play Auckland this week

King Missile IV to play New Zealand for the first time

KMIV PR pic 21kbWe at Powertool Records are pretty much completely over the moon to announce that King Missile IV is making their first ever visit to perform in New Zealand in February 2015.

The latest, perhaps greatest version of the unique and hugely influential King Missile is led by poet, songwriter, author, and intellectual property analyst – whatever that is – John S. Hall, who will be bringing his current band members Azalia Snail and Dan West (who are also known as the duo LoveyDove).

Tour dates:

Thursday 12th February – Kings Arms, Auckland

Thursday 19th February – Bodega, Wellington

More dates TBC

From the band’s formation in 1986 and right throughout the 1990s, King Missile released a string of singles – and albums – that were resoundingly embraced by New Zealand’s student radio network: songs of note include ‘Take Stuff From Work, ‘Sensitive Artist’, ‘Jesus Was Way Cool’, ‘Gary and Melissa’, ‘Cheesecake Truck’, ‘Martin Scorsese’ and the hugely popular ‘Detachable Penis’ – just to name a few.
Check out King Missile’s work on Allmusic.com

King Missile disbanded in 1994, and in 1996 Hall released a solo album, ‘The Body Has a Head’, and in 1998 formed King Missile III. Hall has also had two books published: 1997’s Jesus Was Way Cool, a collection of 40 poems which became songs on King Missile/Hall albums; and 2007’s Daily Negations, a dark-humoured satire of self-help books. Hall went on to study law, co-founding a small entertainment law firm, and later taking on a law-related job at a major law firm.

John S. Hall continues to perform on a regular basis – solo, as a poet and musician – and more recently with the newly-formed King Missile IV, comprising Snail and West.

Dan West and Azalia Snail/LoveyDove

Dan West
Multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer Dan West made his name in a scene known as The Paisley Underground (best known for The Bangles; Mazzy Star also had ties to the genre, and Prince named his label Paisley Park Records after the movement).

He has also performed on stage and on record with artists ranging from Sky Saxon of The Seeds and Bryan MacLean of Love to jazz artists such as Rosemary Clooney, Maynard Fergusson and Paula Kelly.  He has fronted many of his own groups, including Aguafantastica (Smile Records, LA) and Sidewalk Society (Fruits De Mer Records, UK)and is currently one half of LoveyDove.  He scored the music for the upcoming documentary ‘Mr. Movie Poster’ about the life of artist Paul Crifohttp://www.mistermovieposter.com/about.html

Dan’s solo album ‘Hot Corners’ was released last summer on New Zealand-based label Powertool Records, and his new album ‘Does It Suit You’ is just about to be released.

Azalia Snail
Azalia Snail has recorded 11 critically-acclaimed albums, and is recognized as a pioneering force in the “lo-fi” movement of the 1990’s. Many influential labels have released her music, including Sub Pop and Dark Beloved Cloud, who launched their label with a split 7” by Azalia Snail and Sebadoh. In 1996, she was commissioned by MTV to score the music for the program “Ain’t Nuthin’ But A She Thing”, and she il has also composed music for several indie features and short films. She has toured consistently throughout the USA and Europe with such acts as Low, Sebadoh, The Black Heart Procession, Sportsguitar, and Illyah Kuryahkin. In 2000 Snail won the LA Weekly Music Award for Best New Genre.

She is currently in LoveyDove with Dan West.

LoveyDove
This duo make “deliciously chewy” soulful pop with a penetrating groove. And here’s the story of LoveyDove in a nutshell – East Coast girl (Azalia) meets West Coast guy(Dan) , and together they create a shimmering, alluring dose of melodic pop n’ roll.

And as the perfect twist to this tale, Azalia and Dan were married in April this year.

“…boy-girl adventure team LoveyDove have created an unusually irresistible blend of artful expression, psychedelic atmospherics, deft craftsmanship and flat-out mushy romance… Theirs is a deliciously chewy sound, loaded with dynamics, color and articulate lyrics that are both acutely chosen and shrewdly applied…definitely not for dummies”. — By Jonny Whiteside

John Payne of LA Weekly/BlueFat.com says:
“supremely melodic and wonderfully harmonized/high-grade modernist pop.”

LoveyDove’s influences include: Trio,The Teddybears, Illyah Kuryahkin, Dustry Springfield, T Rex, The Kinks, Love, Doves, The Troggs, Petula Clark, the Monkees, The Beatles, Lou Reed, Debussy, Stravinsky, Love American Style, Mary Tyler Moore, Dick van Dyke.

LoveyDove on Bandcamp
LoveyDove ‘Luka Fisher’ b/w ’Beppe of Italy’
Watch LoveyDove ‘Luka Fisher’
Watch LoveyDove’s Space Station 76 tribute: ‘Less is Never More’

UTR_LogoTickets are available from www.undertheradar.co.nz
Auckland ticket link
Wellington ticket link.

 

 

 

Brother Love with Darryl Baser in Auckland – Darryl’s first Auckland show in over 20 years!

Bro Love D BaserPowertool Records is pretty chuffed to let you know that two unique South Island acts are making the lengthy trip to Auckland to play a show on November 20 – and for one of them, it’s been a very long time between drinks.

Brother Love’s Free Association are visiting for two shows, on Thursday November 20 at the Dog’s Bollix, and Friday November 21 at New Lynn’s UFO.

Their special guest on Thursday night at the Bollix is alt-country (emphasis on the “alt”) singer/songwriter Darryl Baser, playing Auckland for the first time since 1991. Baser started in music early indeed – he drummed off and on since age 4, and picked up the guitar at 11; later joining a Clash covers band and a synth-pop band in Weymouth, Dorset, UK. The songwriting bug kicked in, and Baser played wherever he could, from busking in Hamilton to support slots for bands such as The Axemen. In the interim, he’s also been a music journalist for Critic, the Otago Daily Times and Radio National NZ – so he’s well versed in life on either side of the microphone and pen.

Baser’s forthcoming album ‘ Raw Selfie‘ – out shortly on Zelle Records through Powertools – was recorded on his trusty LG Optima smart phone in his lounge, and includes road sounds at times – and in one song you can hear the phone buzz as messages come through. Baser figured, if one can take selfies on their phones, why can’t one also record an album?

Whilst we await the finished ‘Raw Selfie‘, he’s putting out the ‘Petite Selfie‘ EP in time for next week’s show. Many of the songs on ‘Petite Selfie‘ were recorded to minidisc in the same lounge, pre-prepped by Barry McConachie, with mastering by Danny Manetto (Drop Dead Redhead and many other bands).

Baser says, “I’m looking forward to playing my first shows in Auckland since supporting a band called SMAK at Cameron’s in 1990/91 it’s been a long time between visits…”

https://www.facebook.com/darrylbasermusic

Brother Love was formed in Christchurch in 1993 as a live vehicle for the music of guitarist/songwriter Marty Henderson. Over their 2-decade career, Brother Love’s various indie star-studded line-ups have gained the notice of record labels in New York and Germany, with the band touring the US twice. The Brother Love band have played shows with bands such as Bardo Pond, Fuzzhead, Mark Arm’s Bloodloss, San Francisco’s Monoshock and Barbara Manning, the No-Neck Blues, Dead Moon, King Loser and Sebadoh. In 2000, they were featured on the soundtrack of feature film ‘Snakeskin’. In 2013, the group released the retrospective compilation “20 Years In A Rockin’ Boat” on Powertool Records, and they have since been working on new material for both vinyl and CD/online.

Listen to Brother Love here

Joining Brother Love’s Free Association at UFO on Friday November 21st is a very cool lineup, with George D. Henderson’s New Existentialists, as well as impressive young bands The Debris and Mucus Kids.

Powertool artists play Auckland and Wellington on November 6

Matthew Bannister, Gold Medal Famous and The Doubtful Sounds on the road

Matthew Bannister and The Nukes – Auckland
Nukes BannisterMatthew Bannister is making a rare Auckland appearance at the Great South Pacific Tuning Fork on Thursday November 6th, performing as a special guest ahead of The Nukes.

Out of the beautiful west of Auckland come The Nukes, for a night of roots music with a twist. The Nukes discharge three part vocal harmonies, blistering riffs and riotous rhythms to produce a fine blend of folk, bluegrass, reggae and post punk. They play The Great South Pacific Tuning Fork this November as part of a tour to celebrate the arrival of their second album Lucky Ones. Very special guest for the show will be Matthew Bannister (ex Sneaky Feelings.)

In 2011 The Nukes featured as part of the TV Doco Bill Sevesi’s Dream and in 2012 they released their debut studio album ‘Each to their Own’ (which now has a companion songbook so players can follow along!). Album no 2, Lucky Ones, has burst out of the blocks fully formed, striding purposefully forth in a perfectly cut suit, waving with a presidential smile. On their live performance:
“‘Original’, inventive and entertaining. The performance skills, personality and banter between the musicians are excellent.  There was overwhelming positive audience feedback from the concert (Spiegeltent -Taranaki Arts festival ) and that was one of the reasons I brought them back for WOMAD 2012.” – Drew James Artistic Director WOMAD / Taranaki Arts Festival

Matthew Bannister, under the name One Man Bannister, last year released the ‘Evolver’ album – a tribute to the Beatles’ ‘Revolver’, which received rave reviews from every quarter. Recently he’s been performing his own material with his band The Changing Same; the EP ‘Make Up My Mind’ was released recently.

VECTOR ARENA PRESENTS
THE NUKES
WITH SPECIAL GUEST MATTHEW BANNISTER (EX SNEAKY FEELINGS)
THE GREAT SOUTH PACIFIC TUNING FORK @ VECTOR ARENA, AUCKLAND
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6 2014, DOORS 7.30PM

Tickets on sale from Ticketmaster, $20 pre-sales

Show details are here.

Listen to The Nukes here.

Listen to Matthew Bannister: One Man Bannister – Evolver and The Changing Same.

Gold Medal Famous and The Doubtful Sounds – Wellington and Whanganui
GMF DSGood news everyone! Wellington avant-garde electropop trio Gold Medal Famous joins forces with dual city Wellington/Auckland jangle-guitar pop group The Doubtful Sounds to play Wellington and Whanganui in the first week of November.

Fresh from an international live collaboration as Selective Yellow, Chris Wilson from Gold Medal Famous and James Noble from The Doubtful Sounds thought it was time to make the virtual a reality by bringing the bands together In Real Life. Selective Yellow recently performed a special cross-country show, Birmingham’s Network Festival, with James beaming in from the UK and Chris performing in New Zealand, resulting in a unique online instrumental duet.

Gold Medal Famous recently grazed the headlines again with the pre-election update of their infamous song ‘John Key is (Still) a Dick’ on the Powertool Election EP; which followed on from the recent release of their metal album ‘Album of National Significance’.

Watch the video for Gold Medal Famous  ‘Bastard Lizard‘ here.

The Doubtful Sounds have just released their second studio album ‘A Stone’s Throw From Happiness’. It’s a step up from their very well-received debut ‘The Pop Album’, in quality and sound – and a more challenging set of songs. It starts off recognising its pop roots (Fell in Love) before rebalancing that with a heavier side of life, especially with Mayday (to be released as a single in late November), before delving into alt country and acoustic darkness (Well of the Saints) as the album closes.

Listen to The Doubtful Sounds’ new album ‘A Stone’s Throw From Happiness’ here.

Gold Medal Famous with The Doubtful Sounds
6 November at Meow Edward St, Wellington. 8pm doors. $5. Two bands because it’s a school night.
8 November at Space Monster, Whanganui. 8pm $5. Plus special guests.

A special finale performance in the ‘Dylanesque – Always Beginning’ Tour

A special finale performance in the ‘Dylanesque – Always Beginning’ Tour:

Gaslight Theatre, Cambridge - Saturday August 16

​​Chris Rivers channels Bob 1Bob Dylan and rugby. Cambridge UK and Cambridge NZ. River’s Edge connects them all.

New Zealand’s number 1 Dylan Fan, Chris Rivers, is playing a special finale to round off the ‘Always Beginning’ tour (a hat tip to Dylan’s ‘Never Ending Tour’), in his hometown of Cambridge. As well as being a tribute to Bob Dylan, it also showcases his ‘thesis’ on Bob Dylan – the album ‘Cambridge Town’, written in Cambridge UK, and brought to life in Cambridge NZ.

“I’ve eaten, breathed, melted, swallowed, washed and sucked in Dylan’s records”, says Chris Baigent (Rivers) who claims to be New Zealand’s biggest Bob Dylan fan. The lead singer and songwriter for the band River’s Edge says he rightly earned this title after living in poverty for six months, in Cambridge UK, in order to dedicate himself entirely to studying Dylan’s discography – and he now offers a challenge to other Dylan fans.During this pilgrimage, he wrote all the songs for his second album, aptly named ‘Cambridge Town’, which has recently been released by Powertool Records. “I guess you could call this album my thesis on early Dylan”.

Rivers MimiThis special theatrical night also showcases a new song Rivers has written about Hamilton during the 1981 rugby springbok tour, to welcome Bob Dylan to the city. It debuted in Hamilton last week, and playing it just down the road in Cambridge makes a lot of sense. Rivers says “It seemed appropriate I write about the Hamilton event that made Nelson Mandela feel ‘as if the sun had come out’ and with his death last year, it’s more poignant”. Hamilton was the only city, to stop a rugby game against the Springboks, during the 1981 tour. The lyrics are here.

One of the highlights of the “Dylanesque” tour has been the duo of Rivers and Mimi transforming into Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, reworking their songs with passion and respect.

Here’s a recent performance from TVNZ’s Good Morning show of his lovely song ‘Love Speak”: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5UgOjhzoV2ZOEp0ZTB1YTBwbkU/preview

Listen to Cambridge Town here:
http://powertoolrecords.bandcamp.com/album/rivers-edge-cambridge-town-2013

Saturday 16 August – The Gaslight Theatre Cambridge – early Rivers & Dylan folk, Mimi and Rivers, River’s Edge Band.

20 September – The Thirsty Dog – River’s Edge Band – others to be announced!