I Am Giant on summer tour of NZ

NEW SOUNDS: London based rock band I Am Giant is back in the country for an eight date New Zealand tour before heading to Australia to record a new album.
NEW SOUNDS: London based rock band I Am Giant is back in the country for an eight date New Zealand tour before heading to Australia to record a new album.

Shelton Woolright is back in New Zealand for a whistle-stop tour with his band I Am Giant.

The former Blindspott drummer moved to London in 2007 and formed I Am Giant with fellow west Aucklander Paul Matthews.

The band is booked to play eight gigs in New Zealand as part of a summer tour before playing the Auckland Big Day Out in January.

Shelton was the drummer for west Auckland metal band Blindspott.

The group released its self-titled debut album in 2002 which reached No 1 in its first week of release and included the top 10 single Phlex.

After touring New Zealand, Australia and Asia the band followed it up with End The Silence in 2006.

Blindspott called it a day in 2007 and Shelton went to London with Paul.

The two Kiwis set up a studio outside London and after auditioning local musicians and adding vocalist Ed Martin and guitarist Max O'Donnell, they formed I Am Giant.

The band released a four track EP called City Limits through iTunes last year and has since added another Kiwi to the line-up, former Blindspott guitarist Aja Timu.

After the band finishes its New Zealand tour I am Giant is heading to Australia for a series of gigs, including two Big Day Out shows in Sydney.

The group will then start work on their debut album.

Shelton and band mate Paul Matthews will be producing the album with Forrestor Savell.

He has worked with a number of big acts including Helmet, Karnivool, The Butterfly Effect and Dead Letter Circus.

Shelton says 2010 has been a busy year.

"It's been non-stop since we were last here."

He says I Am Giant has been building a steady following in Europe and Asia and has been regularly performing at world surfing, skating and snowboarding events.

They signed a deal in Australia with Sony Records before heading off to the United States.

They played gigs at the Viper Room in Los Angeles and the Mercury Lounge in New York.

I Am Giant followed that tour up with dates in the UK, France, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia.

Shelton says 2011 is only going get busier.

"We're not going to be anywhere for longer than three months," he says.

But for now Shelton's just happy to be back in New Zealand.

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Western Leader