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Fear is the Enemy & Terra Featuring Karen Hunter


Wed 5 Jan 2011, 8:30pm

Where: Mama Gin's, 746 Pollen St, Thames, The Coromandel

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Karen Hunter

From Chile, UK and NZ; Fear is the Enemy bring ‘folk-core’ to Aotearoa. Fear is the Enemy are four intrepid musical explorers who will be touring New Zealand this summer. From Chile, the UK and NZ, FITE have blended together sounds from the three continents, creating an original style they refer to as ‘folk-core’.

Philosopher Marcelo Lopez and his brother, nylon string guitarist Luis, formed progressive rock band Postuma in Santiago, Chile in 2007. After the release of their debut album Desapego, the brothers left Chile to explore the world on an OE that began in New Zealand in April 2010. The Lopez brothers chose New Zealand, believing they would find a deep inner renovation of their cultural environment and a new source of creativity here. They also wanted to meet musicians to explore new collaborative sounds.

Fear is the Enemy was born when the brothers met the UK-born poet Matthew as horticultural workers picking kiwifruit in Kerikeri. The three men channelled a common energy, strengthened and expanded by all of the people it touched. They began writing songs and producing a wild, unrestrained, passionate sound: the brothers’ prophecy began to acquire shape. The band was completed by the addition of musician Karen Hunter, who they met at an open mic night jam on Ponsonby Rd.

As active participants in what they believe is a groundswell of deep change occurring throughout western societies like New Zealand, the band understand the power of music and its potential to instigate change.

To quote Arthur Shaughnessy in his ode,

“one man with a song at pleasure can go forth and conquer a crown
and three with new songs measure can trample an empire down”.

With beginnings in open mic nights and arts centres, subsequent invitations have them now bringing people, parties and gigs to life. Lyrics, music and passionate voices combine to energise their performances with a vibrant life force that is both contagious and a little bit frightening. To quote the band, ”We bring peace with a sword, bro”.

Using guitars, percussion and voices, Fear is the Enemy captures the essence of the Lopez brothers’ journey from South American heavy rock to acoustic folk-core.

Fear is the Enemy will tour New Zealand this summer with Auckland-based Terra. Terra use guitars, multi-layered voices, djembe and occasional loop based samples to create urgent acoustic soundscapes.

Hunter and Marcelo will deliver workshops on Songwriting and Philosophy at Prana Festival as well as in Raglan and Greymouth during the tour.

In the words of Fear is the Enemy - Kill us, embrace us or pay for our silence!

Contact:, 021 946 399.

Tour dates:
Thursday Dec 29 – Jan 3rd Opoutere - Prana Festival
Wednesday Jan 5th Thames - Mama Gins
Thursday Jan 6th Whitianga - Eggsentric Cafe
Saturday Jan 8th Raglan - Matapihi Gallery, songwriting workshop
Saturday Jan 8th Raglan - Matapihi Gallery, gig
Saturday Jan 15th Marahau - Marahau Park Cafe
Thurs Jan 20th Motueka - Riverside Cafe
Friday Jan 21st Nelson -Yaza Cafe
Sunday Jan 23rd Motueka - Riverside Peace Festival
Thurs 27 – Feb Mon 1st Canaan Downs - Luminate Festival
Tuesday Feb 1st Onekaka - Mussel Inn
Saturday Feb 5th Hokitika - Crooked Mile Theatre with Desolution Whim
Thursday Feb 10th Greymouth Songwriting workshop
Friday Feb 11th Greymouth - Franks with Desolution Whim
Sunday Feb 13th Karamea - Saracens Bush Lounge
Friday / Sat Feb 18th Fox Glacier - Cooks Saddle
Thursday Feb 24th Lyttleton - Wunderbar
Saturday Feb 26th Kaikoura - The Strawberry Tree
Sunday Feb 27th Kaikoura - The Pier
Wed March 2nd Picton - Le Cafe
Friday March 4th Raumati - Lembas
Saturday March 5th Wellington - Venue TBC

More dates to be announced soon.