Blacklistt hit the road

VICKI ANDERSON
Last updated 06:48 06/06/2014
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BLACKLISTT: Marcus Powell, left, Damian Alexander, Gareth Fleming, and Karl Vilisini. The band plays at Christchurch's The Bedford tomorrow night.

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New Zealand band Blacklistt consists of four of the original five members of Blindspott. This month they are touring supporting their latest single Always. Blacklistt's self-titled album debuted at No 1 on the New Zealand music charts in September 2013 and includes the hit single Home, alongside Burn and Worth Fighting For.

A Blacklistt gig is not complete without playing the classic tracks from their birth, the anthemic Phlex and fan favourite Nil By Mouth. Vicki Anderson caught up with band member Marcus Powell. 

What is your day job?

"I've just come out of a meeting with the Crescendo Trust Of Aotearoa, which I run. I work with high school students and disengaged youth. Often people find themselves in situations they can't get out of, like gangs, they don't realise the tools they already have and we work with them."

How do you help?

"We do a lot of mentoring with high schools, we try to teach the kids to be their authentic selves. To teach that I have to live that."

What is your song Always about?

"It's dark but there's a positive message. All of our songs can be quite dark but there's a different face to it too, there is light at the end of the tunnel."

Why did you choose Christchurch band Setting Fire to Stacy as your South Island support?

"Because they definitely have the fun factor and when you're on tour you want to have fun."

Is Christchurch one of your biggest fanbases in New Zealand?

"Definitely. The tent we play in when we come to Christchurch seems to get bigger each time. The Christchurch crowds are always so vocal and so into it, that's why we left Christchurch as the last show for this tour."

THE DETAILS:

Blacklistt, Always tour, with support from Setting Fire to Stacey at The Bedford at CPSA, 126 Madras Street, Saturday, 8pm. Tickets $40 plus fee from 0800 BUY TIX (289 849).

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