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Carnivorous Plant Society & The Troubles


Sat 7 Apr 2018, 9:00pm

Where: Moon, 167 Riddiford Street, Wellington

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $18.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Great Things

Certified maniac Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the USA, despotic leader Kim Jong-un threatened a nuclear war, and former household hero Bill Cosby was outed as a sexual predator: 2017 was a very dark year.

It was in this dystopian world (with a working title of Dismal Imaginary Place deemed too depressing) that Carnivorous Plant Society’s sophomore album The New King was born, simultaneously aspirational and pragmatically nihilistic.

With fables penned by bandleader Finn Scholes and read by his father Jeff, Finn reveals his warped genius in three ways; lyrically, through his rich compositional tactics and with his ear-wrenching instrumental virtuosity.

To be released on 16 March, The New King brings together the extraordinary talents of five of Auckland’s most talented musicians, with special guests Don McGlashan, Lawrence Arabia & Tiny Ruins.

Finn says the album is a response to the enthusiastic and sometimes drunk punters who tell him after gigs that the one thing his band needs is a singer.

“Unfortunately, not being a singer myself this has meant I've had to call on many favours to get this to happen. Fortunately, I'm friends with some of New Zealand's top vocalists and can bargain with my trumpet and keyboard skills.”

“The fables are in the style of my favourite fable maker: Aesop. Aesop lived in a tough time (round 500 BC), he was also a slave, so I (like many young people, slaves to the baby boomers) feel some incredibly vague similarities.

The fables comment on modern day life with the use of animals as characters, often reflecting on dark sides of human nature. The fables and the title of the album reflect the problems of the world today and the hope that perhaps one day a giant dog/sea serpent will take over.”

Carnivorous Plant Society will take The New King on the road following the release beginning with an appearance at Titirangi Music Festival.

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