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Stomping Nick and Heart Attack Alley


Fri 9 Dec 2011, 9:00pm–11:00pm

Where: Wine Cellar, 183 Karangahape Road, Newton, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

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Listed by: Nick Jackman

The blues are in the cellar. Christchurch one-man-band Stomping Nick will be pulling the pin of his blues grenade at the Wine Cellar on December 9th. His special guests are Auckland blues trio Heart Attack Alley.

Stomping Nick Jackman rewrites the rule book on how much ass one person can kick single-handed. He has created his own version of the one-man blues band, a tradition that dates back to the shadowy beginnings of the blues itself. Raw, primitive and dirty are words often used to describe Stomping Nick's music as he travels the common ground between punk, country and the classic Chicago and Memphis boogie of the 1950s. Taking as his inspiration the blues legends and one-man-bands of yesteryear, as well as a large dose of primitive rock & roll and garage band fury, Jackman unleashes a powder keg of distorted guitar, wailing harmonica and pounding drums. It's all played the oldschool way: live and unaided with nothing but his hands, feet and mouth. At no time does he resort to backing tracks, loop pedals, or any of those other fancy tricks.

"The blues won't go away, and New Zealand has had its share of aspiring practitioners, but Stomping Nick really does stand out. There's nothing worse than a polite blues, and Jackman's are suitable rude and raw - no effete displays of technique, the cardinal sin often committed in the name of the blues. And yet, rawness doesn't equate with monotony - quite an achievement when you're in a band of one. Perhaps because beneath this music's raw exterior there's no shortage of finesse. Jackman is especially skilful on his harmonica, but his playing throughout this enjoyable album combines just the right measures of abandon and accomplishment." (Nick Bollinger, Radio New Zealand)

"A signature sound that is tight, energetic, marked by solid grooves, and as big and loud as a few pipe bombs strapped to a petrol can." (James Carlson, No Depression)

"Remember the snippet of a street musician from U2’s Rattle and Hum doing Freedom For My People? Well, this is like that. On acid!" (NZ Musician)

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