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8 Foot Sativa

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Exploding out of West Auckland in 1998, 8 Foot Sativa have gone from being a local band playing every week, to becoming the premier metal band in New Zealand.

They are the first metal band in NZ to crack out of the small scene and bring New Zealand Heavy Metal to mainstream kiwis doorsteps, with the song "8 Foot Sativa" staying at number 1 for three months and eight months in the charts. They have also had success overseas, in Australia, USA and Europe. With their first album "Hate Made Me" achieving Gold Record status, the follow up with "Season for Assault", which established 8 Foot Sativa as a household name. Since then they have released 2 more albums "Breed The Pain" and "Poison Of Ages", both recorded in Sweden under the guidance of Pelle Seather (Carnal Forge and Corporation 187). Both albums sold out on release and showed 8 Foot Sativa’s ability to expand their sound and show their diversity.

8 Foot Sativa have played with the big names of metal including Pantera, Motorhead, Korn, Children of Bodom, Disturbed, Soul Fly, Shihad and Corrosion of Conformity. They have had 2 Big Day Out appearances on the main stage, sharing the stage with Slipknot, Metallica and System of a Down. 8 Foot Sativa have already completed a successful world tour, and have plans to do it again. 8 Foot Sativa have had some line up changes, and after guitarist Gary Smith suffered a wrist injury they went on hiatus. But now, they are back, with the original and definitive front man Justin "Jackhammer" Niessen. To the mix comes the ferocity of drummer Corey Friedlander and second guitarist Nik Davies.

The boys are about to release their Greatest Hits album with their best tracks of the first 4 albums, including the single "Sleepwalkers". This will be accompanied with a DVD that has all of the videos from the last ten years. As we speak they are also in the process of writing what will be album number 6, which sees them return to the classic 8 Foot sound with heavy riffs, groove and melody. The return of 8 Foot Sativa has been timed so their first show together will be opening for metal heavyweights Fear Factory, at New Zealand’s music mecca The Powerstation, in Auckland on 22nd September 2012. Following this show up with a National Tour, then it’s into the studio to record their new album.

8 Foot Sativa are back with breakneck anger, and are coming at you like an unstoppable cannonball.

Band Members:
Justin 'Jackhammer' Niessen
Gary Smith
Nik Davies
Corey Friedlander
Brent Fox

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World Premier of 8 Ft Sativa Video
Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2004 7:36 pm
THE NEW VIDEO FOR SEASON FOR ASSAULT WILL HAVE ITS WORLD PREMIERE ON C4 TONIGHT ON 'AMPED' at 8:30PM and AGAIN LATER TONIGHT ON 'HOMEGROWN'.

The brand new video for the title track off 8 Foot Sativas 2nd album 'SEASON FOR ASSAULT' is now complete and hits New Zealand Television tonight.

Made by legendry kiwi Video Maker / Director GREG PAGE, the clip catch's the band's energetic performance in a 'no bullshit', 'in ya face' video.

Shot on 35mm film and nicely graded in Sativa Green, shot against a 'face wall' backdrop it has a wicked look.

Greg was also responsible for 8FS's debut clip '8 FOOT SATIVA' as well as the classic 'BELIEVER' which was the promo clip for Greg's debut into big screen film making with his local thriller, 'THE LOCALS'

Hope you all manage to see it....
 

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8 Foot Sativa In Australia
Posted: Sun May 2, 2004 7:41 pm
Thursday 6 May - Barwon Club, Geelong, Victoria
Friday 7 May - Corner Hotel, Melborne, Victoria
Saturday 8 May - Fern Tree Hotel, Fern Tree Gully, Victoria
Sunday 9 May - Peninsula Hotel, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Thursday 13 May - University, Woolongong, New South Wales
Friday 15 May - Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, New South Wales
Saturday 16 May - ANU Bar, Canberra, New South Wales
Thursday 20 May - Uni Bar, Adelaide, South Australia
Friday 21 May - Bar 120, Hillary, South Australia
Saturday 22 May - Amplifier, Perth, South Australia
Sunday 23 May - Uni Bar, Freemantle, South Australia
Thursday 27 May - Plantation Hotel, Coff Harbour, New South Wales
Friday 28 May - Arena, Brisbane, Queensland
Sunday 30 May - 240V, Mooloolaba, Queensland
Thursday 3 June - Gaelic Club, Sydney, New South Wales
Friday 4 June - Evans Theatre, Penrith, New South Wales
Saturday 5 June - Roxy Theatre, Parramatta, New South Wales

All gigs feature Sunk Loto, Full Scale and Frankenbok.
 

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8 Foot Sativa News
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2003 8:04 am
8 Foot Sativas new album is almost finished and in scheduled for New Zealand release in October. They will also be kicking of an Australasian tour on 17 October.
 

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8 Foot Sativa get OZ release, and new album on the way
Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 7:32 pm
8 Foot Sativa’s debut album “Hate Made Me” has been released in Australia (hit shops on Monday July 14) through Intergalactic's license to Roadrunner Records. They also have a new album currently in production at Auckland’s York Street and Area 51 which is scheduled for release locally in September and in Australia in October. They’ve also planned a national tour for October and Australian tours in September and November.
 

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8 Foot Sativa Take On The World
Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2003 1:47 pm
Here are 8 Foot Sativa's international tour dates:

Thursday 27 February - New Zealand Showcase CMW - Rivioli - Toronto, Canada
Sunday 2 March - Tequila Lounge - Toronto, Canada
Tuesday 4 March - CBGB's - New York
Wednesday 5 March - Tower Records – Sunset Blvd Los Angeles
Thursday 6 March - Club Inferno - Huntington
Friday 7 March - The Joint - Los Angeles
Saturday 8 March - House Barmichaels - Newport
Sunday 9 March - Dragonfly - Los Angeles
Monday 10 March - Whiskeyagogo - Los Angeles
Friday 14 March - Back Room - SXSW Showcase - Austin
Monday 17 March - Underworld - London
Tuesday 18 March - London
Thursday 20 March - Carnegies - Hong Kong
Saturday 22 March - Bar Broadway - Sydney
Sunday 23 March - The Evelyn - Melbourne

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8 Foot Sativa Article
Posted: Fri Nov 8, 2002 6:55 pm
You'll find a great article on 8 Foot Sativa here:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2105163a1860,00.html

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8 Foot Sativa Win Squeeze 2002 Music Award!
Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2002 9:21 am
8 Foot Sativa won the following Squeeze 2002 Music Awards:

* Best New Act

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