Fly My Pretties save best concert for last
REVIEW: It was a case of saving the best for last when Fly My Pretties swooped into the Invercargill Civic Theatre.
The band is made up of a mix of New Zealand's finest musicians with up-and-coming talented musicians.
Black Seeds frontman Barnaby Weir is the creative powerhouse behind the band who get together to jam and write songs for a few months before touring and recording a live album.
The new cast includes; Anika Moa, Mel Parsons, Ria Hall, Barnaby Weir, Jarney Murphy, Kara Gordon, Louis McDonald, Mark Vanilau, Mike Fabulous, Nigel Patterson, Ryan Prebble and Shaun Blackwell.
It was the band's first concert in Invercargill and the last date of their Homeland Tour, and for some of the group, it was their first visit to the city.
Musician Kara Gordon said it was an "awesome gig".
The audience was energetic and enthusiastic.
This made the last show extra special, he said.
Weir said the band had been been looking forward to coming to the deep south.
"We're stoked to be in Invercargill after journeying across New Zealand, playing 22 shows in 17 different towns before arriving here."
It was a celebration and a show to remember, he said.
According to their twitter account, the group is, "an evolving collective of musicians, artists and film makers." This was clearly demonstrated by the visually appealing, theatrical showcase of New Zealand in film strip taken from historical archives, incandescent lighting and crisp sound.
Fans of the award-winning, collaborative group had been waiting a few years to find out what the latest offerings from this contemporary outfit would include - and judging by the applause and dancing on the aisle, they were not disappointed.
The sound was more folk with guitars and less soul, which was unexpected but a pleasant surprise.
The new material was an eclectic mix of rock, folk, country with some soul, and reggae.
Each talented musician's unique voice was showcased by an individual song and together their voices melted into perfect harmonies.
Moa, a clear favourite with the crowd, almost had them in tears with her songs Cry and These Lonely Tears I Cry for You.
McDonald, the baby of the band at 18 years old, wowed the audience with his voice and his song Headlights - a big star in the making.
Blackwell's Call the Sun was sung beautifully in his raspy, old-country styled voice.
And Vanilau's funky Train got the crowd up to dance.
Parsons entertained with her toe- tapping Far Away and the swinging Love Somebody.
Prebble, a former SIT student, was welcomed back to the city with rousing applause after his rock 'n' roll performance of Leave This Town with Gordon.
The concert was recorded and would be part of the band's (as yet unnamed) fifth album in November, which incidentally, I will be rushing out to buy.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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