The Free House's yurt will be a cosy venue for an impressive triple-bill of acts performing this Saturday night.
Luckless is a two-piece "melodic, neurotic, melancholic" indie rock band from Auckland, made up of drummer/singer Will Wood and singer/guitarist Ivy Rossiter.
They began performing as a duo in early 2011 after Rossiter says slogging away as a solo project made her "tired and lonely".
Wood has performed in projects as diverse as Bernie Griffen and the Grifters, The Murderchord and Canadia.
He plays drums and sings live, while Rossiter sings and belts out riffs on her electric guitar, layering up loops or dissolving into reverb. The pair's self-titled album, released last month, has received rave reviews, praised for its well-crafted, down-to-earth songwriting.
Rossiter also sings and plays percussion for Bond Street Bridge, which began as the solo project of multi-instrumentalist and songsmith Sam Prebble, but recently expanded into a full band with the addition of Dylan Storey on guitar, Nigel Wright on laptops, and Brendan Turner on upright bass.
The band says their repertoire is subtle and layered, rich in vocal harmonies, and includes songs about birds, tales of adventure and loss. Reviews of their album The Mapmaker's Art have described the music as "strange but beautiful", with an evocative musical landscape. They even managed to draw the praise of acerbic music critic Simon Sweetman, who named their album Spring, Summer, Awesome, Winter, one of his favourite albums of the year, pronouncing it "hypnotic, exciting, enticing ... beautifully crafted, intriguing and wise".
Rounding off the evening is irreverent grassroots troubadour Lindon Puffin, formerly of 90s glam-rock outfit The Puffins and now one of New Zealand's hardest-working solo artists. His most recent release is third album Hope Holiday, he recently toured New Zealand as a member of Lyttelton folk collective The Harbour Union, and you also may remember him from epic Kiwi road-trip movie Figure 8000.
- Luckless, Bond St Bridge, and Lindon Puffin, The Free House, June 23, from 8pm. Free entry.
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