Monthly Archives: July 2016

The Kills @ The Powerstation : 28 July 2016

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Following the announcement of Australian headline shows, Frontier Touring can confirm that Anglo/American duo The Kills will return to New Zealand this July

It’s been seven years since The Kills last played New Zealand and their highly anticipated return has been rumoured since news broke of their upcoming Australian show dates (including sold out appearances in Melbourne and at Splendour in the Grass!)

Jamie Hince (guitar/vox) and Alison Mosshart (vox/guitar) return to New Zealand this winter in support of their upcoming fifth album, Ash & Ice, set for release on Friday 3 June via Domino Recording Co. The pair recently unveiled a hot new single – the snarling, electric ‘Heart Of A Dog’ – the second taste from Ace & Ice, with lead single ‘Doing It To Death’ also on the airwaves.

The Kills bristle with tension, anxiety, sex, and unstudied cool on tracks such as ‘No Wow’, ‘U R A Fever’, ‘Satellite’ and ‘Future Starts Slow’. Currently performing sold-out shows in the USA as part of their 2016 major world tour – which included slaying it at the world’s hottest festival, Coachella, their visit down under promises to be one to remember.

‘Whether coiled in a white guitar cord during the churning windup of “Kissy Kissy” or blasting full force through the fresh track “Doing It To Death,” Alison Mosshart and her partner in starkness, Jamie Hince, remained relentless, reminding pit onlookers like Katy Perry and Jared Leto what a torrential force they can be.’ – Consequence Of Sound, Coachella review

‘The Kills were a volcanic presence, kicking at the warm desert air, as guitarist Jamie Hince built crushing riffs equal parts ancient blues and Velvet Underground. Singer Alison Mosshart barked and purred for “No Wow”, and prowled the stage.’ – Rolling Stone, Coachella review

‘The effortless cool of Allison Mosshart and Jamie Hince is never-ending. The duo’s newest single, “Doing It To Death”, doesn’t skip a beat from band’s previous catalog of grit-grinding musical bliss.’ – Monster Children

‘Nothing says a nightcap like the electronic-infused guitars of The Kills. Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart possess onstage chemistry so rare that seeing it in the flesh is a legitimate thrill’ – SPIN @ SXSW 2016

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Ladyhawke @ The Powerstation : 23 July 2016

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Ladyhawke has announced three New Zealand concert dates in support of her new album, WILD THINGS (released June 3).

The WILD THINGS tour will see Ladyhawke and her band perform in Auckland at the Powerstation on Saturday July 23.

It’s been five years since Ladyhawke’s more aurally angular follow-up, ANXIETY, which yielded the stand-out, synch-friendly single, ‘Blue Eyes.’ Like its predecessor LADYHAWKE, the album charted in the U.K.’s Top 40 and in Australia’s and New Zealand’s Top 20, respectively. Her first album’s joyous, ’80s-electrified breakout singles, ‘Paris Is Burning’ and ‘My Delirium,’ made an impact Stateside as well, sound-tracking Ugly Betty, CSI: Miami, Top Gear, and other shows. ‘My Delirium’ likewise vaulted up New Zealand’s and Australia’s Top 10 singles chart, going platinum in Australia and hit No. 33 in the U.K.

“People wonder why there’s always a massive gap between my albums,” says Brown. “The reason is both complicated and easy. The simple explanation: I’ve never released anything I’m not proud of. That’s important to me. I wanted this album to reflect the frame of mind I was in when creating it. I tried very hard to change my life for the better, and to create a positive and bright environment to exist in. This album really is a reflection of the headspace I found myself in after achieving this. Colourful is one word in particular that springs to mind.”

Brown’s conviction to authenticity led her on this third album journey, which started back in 2013. She scrapped a full album’s worth of material before taking around a year to craft the blissed-out WILD THINGS with producer Tommy English (Børns, Tiësto, Dark Waves), whom she met through her L.A. neighbour, tattoo artist/musician Kat Von D.

“I think I went even more synthy and poppy this time around,” Brown says of the buoyant WILD THINGS. “I feel good for the first time in 10 years. I have a clear mind! I have a wife. I feel stable. That is what I’m celebrating.”

WILD THINGS features the hit single, ‘A Love Song’, and is released June 3.

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