SPACIFIC NEWS #108

SPACIFIC NEWS #108: Contents

1. Sebright Arms :: Kerretta
2. The Forum :: Shapeshifter
3. o2 Empire :: Six60
4. Upcoming Highlights

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SEBRIGHT ARMS :: KERRETTA :: 11/04/2014

According to the band, “When you march your barbarian horde through the streets of a fallen city, atop a fifteen hands high silver wildebeest, laser beams sparkling and shimmering over the smoking battlefields, a thousand million pearlescent snakes coiling slowly through the dead city streets, tiny unicorns cowering in their cages, Kerretta will be your soundtrack.”!

A loose mix of instrumental experimental post-rock, dashes of electrical weirdness and a few healthy riffs, Kerretta have gathered a relatively varied CV. They’ve shared stages with The Breeders, Poison Arrows, Explosions In The Sky, Mono, ‘Trail Of Dead, This Will Destroy You, Sleepy Sun and Narrows, and guitarist David Holmes produced all of the previous three Jakob LP’s.

While this is their third tour of Europe, arranged to promote the release of a new single (out March 21) and their third album (out later this year), this gig will be their first ever performance in the UK. So, if you’re a mild fan of anything heavy and weird from Mastodon to Battles, Mogwai to Churn-era Shihad, grab tickets to their only London performance.

Tickets are £6 +b/f from Music Glue.

From: 8pm
At: 31-35 Coate Street, E2 9AG
Nearest tube: Bethnal Green or Cambridge Heath
Venue website: www.sebrightarms.co.uk

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THE FORUM :: SHAPESHIFTER :: 12/04/14

Record-breaking New Zealand tours, scene-setting appearances at Glastonbury, Big Day Out and Parklife festivals, sold-out performances across Europe, collaborations with Symphony Orchestras, multiple music awards, four EPs and five LPs (three platinum) and an army of fans who return to relive their live experience time and time again: these are just some of the towering achievements of Shapeshifter, the future-shocked soul outfit from Christchurch.

Shapeshifter by name and by nature, this electronic soul outfit has morphed from depth-charge bass music to elastic electronic textures, barrelling breakbeats to bedrocks of soul and jazz. But never has their well-earned name been more apt than on their latest album, Delta, which is their most fearless release yet.

While the studio inputs have been tweaked, Delta’s ethos of experimentation is one that will be familiar to anyone who has chartered the group’s evolutions in sound. Like the mighty Twelve Mile Delta in the South Island of New Zealand, the album’s namesake, Delta marks a confluence of Shapeshifter’s influences – past and present.

Advance tickets are £17.50 +b/f from Ticketmaster (08444 999 999).

Doors: 7pm
At: 9-17 Highgate Road, London, NW5 1JY
Nearest Tube: Kentish Town
Venue website: mamacolive.com/theforum/

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o2 EMPIRE :: SIX60 :: 15/05/2014

After spending most of 2013 in Europe and USA, performing at some of the world’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury, SXSW, The Great Escape, Wavefront, Summerfest and Repeerbahn, Six60 returned to New Zealand for the summer and immediately hit the studio. For these gigs the band are playing a brand new set that debuts five new songs plus a few other surprises.

Tickets are £15 +b/f from Ticketweb.

From: 7pm
At: Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12
Nearest tube: Shepherd’s Bush or Goldhawk Rd
Venue website: www.o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk

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UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS

11/03 Veils // Village Underground, EC2A 3PQ // 7.30-11 // £13.50
13/03 Very Tall Stories // Queen of Hoxton, EC2A 3JX // 7-11 // £8-10
24/03 I Am Giant // 100 Club, W1D 1LL // 7.30-11 // £8
02/04 Melic // Lexington, N1 9JB // 7.30-11 // £8
03/05 Neil Finn // Royal Festival Hall, SE1 8XX // 7.30-10.30 // £37.50
18/10 Fat Freddy’s Drop // Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY // 6.30-11 // £35

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