Swamp Thing Breaking The Ice Heading South To Promote Primordium
Rotorua based Swamp Thing are embarking on their first Southern Tour August 2013.This two headed musical monster heads Southward from August 7th until August 18th for a full on twelve date tour in under a fortnight, including an outdoor performance in Queenstown to open the New Zealand Winter Games on Thursday 15th August 6pm and with first ever shows in Wellington, Palmerston North and most of the South Island centres.
They're the two left in the juke joint when the hurricane's about to make landfall, when the revellers have gone home, sweat-soaked and exhausted. The bulbs are blown out, the floor's full of glass, but two men are honour bound to keep playing, pouring their sweat into the parched earth like libation. In the best traditions of two man blues and roots, Swamp Thing is a duo that you know are playing to stay alive.
A former member of The John Butler Trio and touring drummer for Tim Finn and Split Enz, Michael Barker (drums/percussion/key bass/vocals) formed the power blues/roots duo Swamp Thing with Grant Haua vocals/guitar in 2010. These two unique musicians share a wealth of experience to craft blues flavoured music with a deep groove and soulful spook.
Swamp Thing will be featuring and promoting their recently released second album ‘Primordium’ on this trip in recognition that they are themselves growing and spreading their sound and selves right across the country building to bigger and better things. Over the Summer months the duo have played a number of Australian festivals and shows including WOMADelaide, Woodford Folk Festival, Blues at Bridgetown and Nannup… Now’s the chance for the South of New Zealand, they come highly recommended don’t miss it.
Recent live reviews and quotes:
"Two piece?... Hmmmmm... full sound?... Hard to pull off even with a (good) three piece. In my opinion they still didn't deliver a full sound... oh no, they delivered something far greater, something refreshing, something honest... A complete sound... mind blowing. You guys should be headlining clubs in Chicago, New Orleans, Paris... Etc. Thank you both!"
Right from the start you knew it was going to be a little different when the celestial purple kit was brought to the front of the stage, its kick drum receiving a 'special', lit from behind... Ooooh, spooky even! As the swamp mists appeared, out came a thumping Demon drummer with his (left) hand commanding the bassline and 'gulp' making magic all in sync with himself. This was gooonna be a ride!! His partner stood to my right steathily whipping the crowd to its feet, in layered song and fire-crumbling guitar. Somewhere after this my eyes closed, the music took over and the night blurred but the memory lingers... Swamp Thing is an eight limbed, two voiced creature possessed of a stonking musical versatility, honouring an age-old tradition of musos as entertainers.
With a voice and guitar skills that is truly a gift, Grant Haua delivers each song with such energy and emotion. Michael Barker is the master of the drums and percussion and they complement each other perfectly. It is like they have re-invented a style of blues that is unique and commands an audience.