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Newtown Rocksteady

Newtown Rocksteady

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  • Wed 3 Jan ’18, 7:00pm


Barrytown Hall, 1 Main St, Barrytown, Greymouth


All Ages

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Newtown Rocksteady

Newtown Rocksteady’s Album Release Tour.

December 18th, Wellington: Newtown Rocksteady is releasing its first full length album, ‘East of the Tasman’ this December. The release coincides with the band's 10 year anniversary and the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's rocksteady craze. They are on tour to promote its release from December 29th to January 12th.

‘East of the Tasman’ is a milestone for Newtown Rocksteady. It's their first full-length album after ten years together as a band and has been a collaborative effort throughout its production. Penned by various members of the band, the songs were recorded in-house on their 'new' '70's analog mixing desk by bass player Mike Duffy and mixed and mastered by the same. The songs range from straight up, horn-heavy ska through lovers' rock and classic rocksteady to dark spacey reggae.

This summer is the band's 10th anniversary as mentioned. It is also the 50th anniversary of the rocksteady craze that swept Jamaica from '66 to '68 and of '67s summer of love. This is Newtown Rocksteady's summer of love. The temperature's up, the political environment seems to be shifting to acknowledge some of the environmental and social issues expressed in songs on the album like 'Chip Away' and 'Sinister Minister', and two of Newtown Rocksteady's prodigal sons are returning.

Chris Winwood, lead vocals, and Thomas Owen, saxophone and vocals are returning from living in Paris and the Yukon respectively for the love of rocksteady music and the enthusiastic audiences that attend Newtown Rocksteady shows. That equates to the full complement of 13 musicians on stage mustering all the lustre at their disposal.

The band will be touring to promote its album this December and January in Nelson, Golden Bay, Wairau, Barrytown, Akaroa, Lyttleton, Kaikoura and Wellington. Along for the ride and providing warm-up entertainment are Fraser Ross and 04s.

Copies of 'East of the Tasman' will be available at all their live performances, at selected retail outlets and online from bandcamp.com.

A full list of upcoming performances is available at www.facebook.com/newtownrocksteady.

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