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When:

Sat 27 Jun 2009, 8:00pm

Where: Frank's, 115 McKay St, Greymouth, Grey

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: Rachel Bailey

The big city twang of Auckland's Broken Heartbreakers and Bond Street Bridge is joined on this winter's inaugural Slow Song Revue tour by Lyttelton Harbour's lonesome road dogs The Eastern and romantic revolutionaries Rosy Tin Teacaddy, who are hoping to escape the wind and sadness of New Zealand's loneliest capital city.
The concept is simple: each band promises a short yet swaggering set of their bluest ballads, then they join each other in a celebration sing-along of heartbreak and hope.
The Slow Song Revue traverses the country over New Zealand's coldest months offering shelter from storms both meteorological and personal.

Rosy Tin Teacaddy have just released their debut album The Homeward Stretch after the delightful Blind Leading the Blind EP was devoured by critics and listeners alike. A guaranteed warm port in a storm, the 'caddy play for the heartstrings and pluck everyone on the way through. Genuine and gentle, The Homeward Stretch was recorded in Lee Prebble's Surgery (Ragamuffin Children, Blackseeds, Phoenix Foundation) and has immediately endeared itself to the capital's beating cultural heart. A misty eye and a warm heart should be expected.

The Eastern have just released their debut self-titled album which entered the NZ indie charts in the top ten based only on a ferocious live reputation and belief in the old-fashioned concept of playing and meeting folks. They've toured both New Zealand and the States in the past year and have had their heads and hearts filled with support slots on tours with Steve Earle, Old Crow Medicine Show and the Jayhawks, to name a few. Their album is in stores now, while they're probably in a bar playing.

Auckland's Broken Heartbreakers have been stunning the country and the big city with their big lonesome little heart songs for the past two years. The sound of tears was never so lush and rich as on last year's sophomore self-titled record. Described as an 'eleven track gem' by the Otago Daily Times, the record has received gushing and well-deserved praise from from New Zealand's foremost critics, with Nick Bollinger, Graham Reid and Grant Smities all revelling in it beauty and sonic promise. A compassionate and compelling live act, the BHBs have seen the country, wowed the city, and along the way shared the stage with songwriting heavyweights The Handsome Family and Lou Barlow.

Bond Street Bridge is perhaps the sonic heart of its one member, Sam Prebble. An electrifying presence onstage with Reb Fountain's Bandits and the Broken Heartbreakers, Prebble provided a welcome addition to his extra-curricular bands' output with last year's solo debut The Mapmaker's Art. Finding its way into many critics' best of 2008 lists, the album showcases Prebble's singular genius and provides a compelling introduction to one of New Zealand's sweetest secrets. Live, Bond Street Bridge suggests that Prebble can indeed deliver the proverbial goods, making his performance as sonically and heart-warmingly rich as his record and marking him out as an ingenious, exciting and gifted performer.