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Shot Band with Katie Thompson

Shot Band with Katie Thompson

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  • Sun 21 Jul ’13, 7:30pm


Irish Society Hall, 29 Domain Terrace, Spreydon, Christchurch


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • members: $15.00
  • non-members: $20.00

When does country count" When it's played with craft, passion, and tinder-dry wit.

You get all three in abundance on The Shot Band's self-titled debut album. The Wellington-based trio boasts three singers and three songwriters, but a wide range of instruments -- some courtesy of special guest Alan Norman from The Warratahs.

Rob Joass (guitars), Bill Hickman (guitars, bass) and Hamish Graham (drums) are long-time stalwarts of the New Zealand music scene, and have lived through a story or two. They gave a hint of that on their debut ep Songs About Drinkin' And Dyin', but have upped the standard several-fold on their new Red Rocks Records release.

As you'd expect with three songwriters and just so many places on an album, only the best material has made the final cut. Again, as you'd expect with three distinct musical perspectives, this is an album sparkling with variety and imagination, with influences which span alt country heroes such as Ryan Adams and Johnny Cash, to The Band and Paul Kelly.

The Shot Band ranges from the gospel-tinged jaunt of My Lord, a song which will make any Violent Femmes fan smile, to the tragic lilt of Love Like Water - a track Nick Cave might have conceived in one of his darkly romantic moments. Humour shines through on Graham's sweetly-crooned Peaches and Joass' One Hit Wonder, while an acapella version of the Hobnail Boots song Railroad Tracks emphasizes the fact these boys can sing as well as play.

While there are plenty of great three minute pop songs here, The Shot Band can embrace the occasional epic as well, with This Time being one of the album's stand-out tracks.

National Radio's Nick Bollinger has called The Shot Band "New Zealand's finest alt-country band", and on the strength of this album it's easy to see why. Songs About Drinkin' And Dyin' earned rave reviews, airplay in the United States and England, and saw the band invited to co-headline the Norfolk Island country music festival. The band also played showcase gigs in Sydney, and will be following up some serious trans-Tasman interest in 2006.

Katie Thompson Katie Thompson:
Katie is currently promoting an EP which features her version of the Shot Band's "Dead In The Water". This follows on from a great 2012 which saw her second nomination for Best Female Artist at the National Country Music Awards.

New Zealand singer/songwriter Katie Thompson clearly has a following. Her sophomore album "Impossible" was funded by fans from all over the world. Produced in the UK at Modern World Studios by renowned British producer Greg Haver, the album is a treasure-trove of rare and beautiful songs which blend elements of pop, folk and country.

Katie recently opened for Elton John at his only New Zealand concert. Katie is a nominee for Female Artist of the Year at the New Zealand Country Music Awards '12.

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