Left Or Right are ready to buzz around country

GWYNETH HYNDMAN
Last updated 05:00 08/05/2012

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Invercargill's psychedelic rock band Left Or Right are planning an album release party for their much-anticipated second album Buzzy back in their hometown next month.

Now based in Dunedin, the band – once described as the "Kora of the south" – set out on their Buzzy NZ Album Release Tour this Friday, hitting venues like the San Francisco Bathhouse in Wellington and the Kings Arms in Auckland before returning to the south for a night of "big stage, big sound, big lights, big everything" at Tillerman's in Don St on Friday, June 8. Left Or Right released their debut album, Nuggety, in 2009.

In the past three years Steve Marshall, Callum Hampton, and Metua Marama have appeared at Kaikoura Roots, Feastock and Catlins River Festival and performed alongside the Black Seeds, Kora and Salmonella Dub.

Marshall said though the first recording experience was fast and fun, they took their time with their second album, recording it at Albany St Studios with Mike Holland and mastered by Dale Cotton of Beastwars and The Bats.

"[Buzzy] had more time put into it," Marshall said.

"It was a lot of love and hard work."

The first single from Buzzy, Looking for a Tennis Ball is available now for free download at leftorright.bandcamp.com.

The entire album will be released in stores nationwide and online on Monday, May 14.

Other bands joining the group on the Invercargill stage in June include fellow Southlanders Rhythmonyx and Osmium, as well as Alizarin Lizard and Oleh.

Tickets are $15 at Devil Burger in Don St or online at cosmicticketing.co.nz and undertheradar.co.nz

Door sales are $20.

Doors open at 9pm.

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- The Southland Times

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