Outsiders, Bleeders back on tour in NZ

Last updated 05:00 21/11/2012
ON TOUR: This week the Outsiders begin a North Island tour, their first local shows in about nine months, and will be shooting a new video.
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ON TOUR: This week the Outsiders begin a North Island tour, their first local shows in about nine months, and will be shooting a new video.

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The Outsiders' Niam Hegarty says punk has a bad name these days, but if you're looking for ''loud, aggressive singalong music played by party animals'' his band might just be for you.

This week the Outsiders begin a North Island tour, their first local shows in about nine months, and will be shooting a new video.

The video, for the song My Answer, will be directed by Anthony Plant from the awarding-winning Fish N Clips production company and has been funded with help from a New Zealand On Air grant of about $8000, Hegarty said.

''The concept is us playing in an attic, it shows us playing and follows the items in the attic over time, it shows the instruments old and rusty years later after we have gone so I think it has the potential to look really cool and provide deep metaphors on life and love.''

With the Outsiders' members now split between Melbourne and Wellington, the band haven't toured as much as past years, but still are stilling mapping out the road ahead.

''It is not easy to practice or write that is for sure, we have still managed to hit Australia twice this year and this is our second run in New Zealand. It has been pretty quiet by our standards because the last three years we have completed at least one lengthy overseas tour (US or Europe) per year as well as Australia and New Zealand stuff. But yeah, it makes stuff more difficult,'' Hegarty said.

The Outsiders have also been recording  new acoustic songs for an American split release with Epitaph act Off With Their Heads and are working on a film about the band's two month tour of the United States last year.

Hegarty shies away from considering the Outsiders a ''true punk band''.

''Anyway, punk has a bad name due to questionable mainstream bands in the late '90s there are a lot of awesome alternative and underground bands that fall under the punk banner at the moment.''

But that doesn't mean he is shirking the scene.

''Punk rock is back underground where it belongs and it is better than ever, there are so many great bands around at the moment. And yes, what could be cooler than loud, aggressive singalong music played by party animals?''

Meanwhile, the Bleeders are embarking on a three-show reunion tour, beginning this week.

One of the most popular New Zealand punk bands of last decade, the Bleeders disbanded in 2009 after relocating from Auckland to Toronto, Canada.

Members of Bleeders currently play in Black Lungs (Canada), Cobra Khan and Leeches (NZ).

Both the Outsiders and the Bleeders play the New Zealand Tattoo & Art Festival in New Plymouth on November 24.

OUTSIDERS TOUR DATES

Thursday, November 22 - Mighty Mighty, Wellington

Friday, November 23 - Whammy Bar, Auckland

Saturday, November 24 - TSB Stadium, New Plymouth

Saturday, November 24 - Basement Bar, New Plymouth

BLEEDERS TOUR DATES

Friday, November 23 - Medusa, Wellington

Saturday, November 24 - TSB Stadium, New Plymouth

Friday, November 30 - Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland

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