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Otis Mace

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  • Fri 30 Nov ’12, 8:00pm


Fairfield House, 48 Van Diemen St, Nelson


All Ages

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  • General admission: $20.00

Otis Mace is a singer/songwriter/musician. Fresh, bright, irreverent, and darkly comic takes on life in Aotearoa.

On stage he cuts a dishevelled, driven figure. You'll see him in wine-bars and smoky dives, having ventured forth from his space-age bachelor pad in deepest Grafton, with his trusty Telecaster, wing-dinging his way through one of his minimalist tear-jerker ballads, flirting with self-parody in his persona as the little guy left raw and bleeding in the aftermath of relationships gone sour.

What distinguishes his songs about love and loss, presented with such whole-hearted lamenting, is their underlying tone of self-deprecation ('Tracy': 'just send me a cake with a file in it') and their astringent wit ('I Fell': 'I fell right into those lovely hazel eyes'). They are neither sloppily self-indulgent, nor excessively self-mocking ('Don't Shoot Down The Only One to Ever Love You'). Never soft-centred, though sometimes poignant, his love songs show us a gentle side. Yet, of course, he is always capable of making an ecstatic din, able to spin those glittering, gritty webs of guitar-fuzz as well as any self-styled curator of white noise you care to name.

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