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Thu 27 May 2010, 8:00pm–1:00am

Where: Kings Arms, 59 France St, Newton, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: elevenfiftyseven

This familiar looking line-up is Nightchoir. A side project that evolved into a band that are now about to unveil their debut album ’24 Hours Of Night’. Between them, these guys have been in over 20 bands and have a startling 60 years experience.

To celebrate the release of their debut album an album release show is booked for May 27th in their hometown of Auckland supported by guests Steve Abel and Flip Grater.

Nightchoir are Mike Hall, Matthias Jordan and Michael Franklin-Browne, who have played together for nearly a decade as the rhythm section for Pluto. Nightchoir’s sound differs in temperament and tone with their songs drawing on the gentler edge of musical genres, including alt-country, indie-pop, and folk.

The trio first got together to work on some of Mike Hall’s tracks which were recorded as a series of four track demos. In 2008 Pluto had been promoting and touring their third album and while catching their breath, the Nightchoir project resurfaced. Mike Hall had accumulated more songs and Matthias Jordan also had a batch that he had worked on and developed with help from Michael Franklin-Browne.

Recording began at Roundhead in 2009 with Mike Hall in the unfamiliar position of playing guitar and singing lead vocals on all but one of the tracks. With “Other Mike” (Franklin-Browne) and Matthias in more familiar roles the album came together swiftly. Renowned engineer Kerry Furlong also contributed his playing skills as well as the engineering of the album. Combined with the mixing talents of Jol Mulholland (The Mots, Gasoline Cowboy) and mastering by Greg Calbi at Sterling Studios in New York, ‘24 Hours Of Night’ is ready for release.

Channeling the lilt of David Rawlings, the tempo of Red House Painters in places, and the mood of Band Of Horses, Nightchoir deliver a staggeringly beautiful album. ‘24 Hours Of Night’ refreshingly explores varied song styles but is made coherent with the undertone of a focused vision of friends who know and trust each other’s skills implicitly.

Nightchoir - 24 Hours Of Night will be released May 17th, 2010 on ElevenfiftySeven Records.

Each pre-sale ticket purchased from comes with a free mp3 download of current single ' Glass Tiger'.

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