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Grant Hart (ex Husker Du) First New Zealand Tour

Tuesday 24 November 2009

American punk icon, Husker Du’s Grant Hart is set to tour Australia and New Zealand for the first time this February playing songs from his extensive career, including takes off his exceptional new album, just released, ‘Hot Wax’. Known as one third of the legendary Husker Du, who were hailed as one of the most important and influential US bands of the 1980s.

Hüsker Dü was founded by Grant Hart, Greg Norton and Bob Mould in 1979. Only 17, Grant Hart was nonetheless a veteran of a handful of previous bands and had already been playing music professionally since the age of 13. Hüsker Dü made several records for the legendary "SST" label including the much-loved "Zen Arcade", "New Day Rising" and "Flip Your Wig". Moving on to Warner Brothers Records in 1985 they made two fine albums, 1986's "Candy Apple Grey" and the band's second double album, "Warehouse".

Leaving the group in 1987 to form first "The Swallows" then eventually "Nova Mob", Hart and ex-partner Mould became embroiled in one of rock music's most enduring feuds. The Hüsker Dü audience was already divided into two distinct factions before the band broke up. Afterward, Grant fans and Bob fans took turns finding evidence of friction in each man's solo work. Where they once were compared to Lennon and McCartney musically, they were now put into the roles of bickering ex-colleagues.

Following their break up, Grant Hart has continued to pursue his musical and artistic vision. His records have been eclectic, subtle, thematic affairs. ‘Hot Wax’ was recorded largely as a one-man affair in Montreal and Minneapolis studios, features guests including members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Silver Mt. Zion and Rank Strangers. Grant Hart has created an organic rock album using classic tools to make modern art, creating psychedelic pop/rock soundscapes loaded with strong melodies, vintage instrumentation and a style that he admittedly owes in parts to his devotion for his friend Patti Smith. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see acclaimed visual artist, singer, songwriter and punk icon, Grant Hart, play exclusive solo shows this February.

Although music is still Grant's main stock in trade, his visual arts skills remain as sharp as ever. In addition, he has recently taken part in several readings of his poetry as well as reading the works of his late friend Charles Henri Ford at the Metropolitan Arts Club in New York. He often performs with Patti Smith and has shared the stage with such notables as Charles Plymell, Philip Glass and of course his late chum William S. Burroughs. He currently serves such diverse organizations as The Duchamp Society, The Ghost Squadron of the Confederate Air Force and The Studebaker Drivers Club of North America.

Grant’s New Zealand tour starts Wednesday 3rd Feb at the Kings Arms in Auckland, then Napier’s Cabana on Thursday 4th, Wellington’s San Francisco Bath House on Friday 5th & wrapping up the tour on Saturday 6th at Al’s Bar in Christchurch.