I Am Giant drummer Shelton Woolright is counting down the days until the band releases its debut album The Horrifying Truth.
Shelton's back in New Zealand catching up with family and friends before the band starts a nationwide tour on August 4.
The former west Auckland resident moved to London in 2007 after the break-up of his previous band Blindspott. He headed overseas with fellow west Aucklander Paul Matthews and the two Kiwis set up a studio outside London. It wasn't long until they'd formed I Am Giant.
"We're not in any one place for more than three months because we're travelling so much," Shelton says.
Over the past year the band has toured Australia twice, supported former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and the Stone Temple Pilots and played everywhere from the Auckland Big Day Out to the Viper Room in Los Angeles.
And Shelton says things are only going to get busier with the release of The Horrifying Truth. The group recorded the album in Australia. He says it took four months of hard work.
But Shelton says he's more than happy with the end result.
"It sounds awesome," he says. "We've really got that international sound. The most exciting thing is I co-produced the album with our bass player Paul and Forrester Savell. That credit is quite important for me."
He says Asia is a growing market for the band.
"We've already had a number one in Singapore and we're starting to do some decent sized shows there."
Shelton says after the New Zealand tour I Am Giant will head to Australia to tour with Dead Letter Circus before returning to the UK.
- Western Leader
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