Review: Kora at Powerstation

Last updated 14:44 30/07/2012

KORA: Sounding very polished after months recording in the studio.

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It's been a long time between albums for Kiwi-five piece Kora and their fans were more than stoked to hear fresh tracks at the Powerstation in Auckland on Saturday night.

The band, known for pulling off impressive live shows, started out well with big bass and funky melodies from their self-titled album, including the tracks On My Mind and Skankenstein.   

At times the five-piece - brothers Laughton, Stuart, Francis and Brad Kora and their mate Dan McGruer - seemed overwhelmed by the response as they let the audience take over singing duties.

As the night progressed they continued to crank up their performance  while swapping instruments, changing singers, stripping off layers of clothing and partying with beers in hand.

Kora are insanely hard to peg in a genre - they've been called mysterious musical superheroes and have labelled their latest sound alien funk.

Laughton busted out a harmonica at one point and Stu followed it up with a string of heavy metal guitar.   

One fan said: "If Fat Freddy's Drop and Shihad had a lovechild, it would be Kora."

But far from being a musical shambles, Kora are sounding solid and pretty polished after months in the studio crafting their new album - name and release date still to come.

Their new single Dreamlife is a goodie and you can tell the band are amping to see their music rise up the Kiwi charts.

Stay tuned for when they hit the road this summer.

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- Auckland Now


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