SPACIFIC NEWS #121: Contents

1. Sebright Arms :: Shocking Pinks
2. The Garage :: Dave Dobbyn
3. Upcoming Highlights


An emotionally vulnerable highlight reel of scruffy Jesus and Mary Chain dream-pop, ecstatic My Bloody Valentine haze, droning C-86 confessionals, and bedroom New Order bass lines…His heartache, our pleasure.” (Pitchfork)

In early 2004, Christchurch, New Zealand’s Nick Harte releases “Dance the Dance Electric”, his first album as Shocking Pinks on a small part-time record label Pinacolada Records. Buzz about the record makes its way to the offices of Pitchfork in America, who issue a glowing review, still to this day one of their highest album reviews of any New Zealand artist ever. Describing the record as “cavorting from unabashed disco revivalism to scuzzed-out new-wave to reggae-tinged psychedelia in a mottled kaleidoscope of brazen idealism.”, the review gushed about the album, though one line would make a profound difference in Nick Hartes life.

At the end of the first paragraph, Pitchfork issue a bold statement stating that the album “far outshines most of the bilge spawned from James Murphy’s Chernobyl-like fallout.” In reference to the extremely popular, at the time, New York label DFA Records. Well, word of this spread to DFA and they, as you would expect, took a listen to the record, and eventually signed him to their roster and released his later material worldwide, gaining him significant profile in the process.

Ten years later, the cult “Dance the Dance Electric” will finally be available physically again, as well as digitally for the very first time, as it gets the full reissue treatment.

Support on the night comes from Popstrangers and Gussie Larkin

Tickets are £8 +b/f from Music Glue or Ticketweb

From: 8pm
At: 31-35 Coate Street, E2 9AG
Nearest Tube: Cambridge Heath or Bethal Green
Venue website:
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Dave Dobbyn says that since day one, he has had a tune in his head. He’d be twiddling the dial on the radiogram, “travelling the world in music”.

In over 30 years as a recording artist, he has written the soundtrack to Kiwi lives, with a string of hits including ‘Beside You’, ‘Be Mine Tonight’ ‘Language’, ‘Outlook for Thursday’, ‘Loyal’, ‘Whaling’, ‘Kingdom Come’, ‘It Dawned On Me’, ‘Guilty’, ‘Devil You Know’, ‘Slice of Heaven’, ‘Magic What She Do’, ‘Oughta Be in Love’, ‘Welcome Home’.…

He has just finished his latest album, produced by The Phoenix Foundation and due for release this coming Spring.

Tickets are £15 +b/f from Ticketweb

From: 7pm
At: 20-22 Highbury Corner, N5 1RD
Nearest Tube: Highbury & Islington
Venue website:


21/09 Neil & Liam Finn // Bloomsbury Theatre, WC1H 0AH // 7.30-11 // £32.50
23/09 Unknown Mortal Orchestra // Shepherds Bush Empire, W12 8TT // 7-11 // £17.50
19/10 Marlon Williams // The Lexington, N1 9JB // 7-11 // £8
22/10 I Am Giant // Borderline, W1D 4JB // 7-11 // £8
02/11 The Phoenix Foundation // Oslo, E8 1LL // 7.30-11 // £12.50

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