SPACIFIC NEWS #122: Contents

1. Oslo :: Pitch Black
2. Islington Assembly Hall :: Dave Dobbyn
3. Upcoming Highlights

OSLO :: PITCH BLACK :: 07/07/16

One of the pioneers of New Zealand’s electronica scene, Pitch Black are celebrating the impending anniversary of their inaugural performance at The Gathering in Takaka back in 1996. They followed that gig by building up a live following around the country, often touring with Salmonella Dub, and then releasing their debut album ‘Futureproof’ in 1998.

Their sound is distinctive; ranging from organic ambient beginnings and layered soundscapes to skanking keyboards, cutting acid riffs and thumping rhythmic grooves, with dub being the glue that holds it all together. In their own words, they’ve “got one foot in trance, one foot in drum ‘n’ bass, one foot in ambient, one foot in cinema, one foot in live, one foot in studio”, which, as one critic pointed out, suggests that they might have more feet than most!

If you have never seen them play live, then you’re in for a treat as it is their live show that really makes Pitch Black stand out from the rest of the crowd, both sonically and visually. Their tracks take on an added dynamism and their performances reveal the dialectic behind the band – Paddy wants to do it for the crowd, Michael wants to do it to the crowd. Visually they are in another dimension due to Mike’s cutting edge visuals, which he manipulates at the same time as mixing the sound.

Advance tickets are £8 +b/f from alt-tickets

From: 7.30pm
At: 1a Amhurst Road, E8 1LL
Nearest Tube: Hackney Central
Venue website:
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After an eight year gap, Dave Dobbyn has just released his 10th solo studio album, ‘Harmony House’. Produced by Sam Flynn Scott and Luke Buda of The Phoenix Foundation, the album brings new music to a catalogue that now spans over 40 years.

Seated tickets are £20 +b/f from Music Glue or Ticketweb

From: 7pm
At: Upper Street, N1 2UD
Nearest Tube: Highbury & Islington
Venue website:


19/04 Jakob // Hoxton Square Bar, N1 6NU // 7-11 // £11.50
16/05 Tiny Ruins // St Pancras Old Church, NW1 1UL // 7-11 // £10
08/06 The Chills // KOKO, NW1 7JE // 7-11 // £20
16/06 Ladyhawke // Scala, N1 6NL // 7-11 // £16

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