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Black River Drive Unplugged with Ekko Park & James Reid


Thu 28 Nov 2013, 8:00pm–12:00am

Where: Paddington Live, 117 St George's Bay Rd, Parnell, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $22.50 ($20.00 + $2.50 fees)
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Black River Drive have returned from recording their second album with legendary US rock producer Toby Wright. Toby's credits include Metallica, Alice in Chains, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer and many more of the biggest names in rock and heavy metal. The new album is due for release in early 2014 but the band are keen to start road testing the material, so they'll be performing a selection of new and old songs at The Paddington on 28th November.

Black River Drive's first album "Perfect Flaws" produced two number one hits on NZ rock radio for the band, with both "Bullet for your gun" and "Call The Doctor" taking out the top spot. The new album promises to be a massive step after three years of development.

Joining them is rising star of the NZ rock scene, Ekko Park.

Born in Auckland, New Zealand in 2010, Ekko Park is a 4 piece rock band best described as “a ship captained by an Irishman and crewed by 3 kiwis” – singer Joe, a born and bred Belfast boy, travelled the globe playing music before settling in NZ, where he teamed up with 3 kiwi fellas. A collaboration of diverse backgrounds forming a unique and explosive offering in the NZ music landscape.

In November 2013 their debut album 'Tomorrow Tomorrow Today' entered the Official NZ Album Chart at #15 and was the #5 NZ Album. Engineered and co-produced by Andrew Buckton (Crowded House, Midnight Youth, The D4, Clap Clap Riot) 'Tomorrow Tomorrow Today' captures Ekko Park in its purity – melodic and sonic, thrown together with powered energy. The album features the singles My Crime & Simpatico (both going to #1 on the iTunes NZ Rock Chart) and Becoming The Enemy (going to #2 on the iTunes NZ Rock Chart).

James Reid from The Feelers will also join the Black River Drive Unplugged line up.

If you think you know James Reid, think again. As the vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for The Feelers, Reid has already established himself as one of New Zealand’s most successful musicians. He and the band have sold more albums in New Zealand than any other New Zealand band. But, as his debut solo album, Saint, reveals, there’s more to the James Reid story.

Saint finds Reid stepping up and out with 11 songs that are uniquely his own.
Recorded in his home, with help from co-producer Nic Manders, James takes on the lion’s share of the instrumental duties, with Manders adding keyboards and string arrangements.

Feelers fans will recognise the melodic musicality of the songs that has been a touchstone of the band’s five albums. But Saint shows off a more personal, intimate side to James Reid.

"Youth and growing up seems to be a running theme through this record", explains Reid, "coming of age, having to be strong and take the knocks".

Opening track, 'More Than I Was', is a prime example. Reid generates a big sound in his small room… the anthemic tune builds and the strings swell. "What defines you now?" he asks. "The stories of our past can be quite forgotten". Elsewhere, the meditative 'Raised By Wolves' is driven by a simple acoustic guitar and James’ heartfelt lyric. "Let it go, let it fly. Leave this troubled world behind". Toward the end of Saint, Reid explores some darker territory 'Little Known Facts' is "another view on the world and how people treat each other, the things they make others do…not really caring about the other person’s feelings". The albums wraps up with the upbeat 'Half Way Through' "A happy ditty…drinking some wine and hanging out".

Saint reveals James Reid to be a mature, thoughtful songwriter…a man with the musical skills and the talent to articulate his feelings and his insights and communicate them in a way that will remain with the listener long after the last notes have drifted away.

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