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Lawrence Arabia - Lawrence Arabia: Live Gig @ Happy 08 Feb 2008

13 Feb 2008 // A review by johnsoncraigsbc
Thursday night at Happy was packed, and for good reason. For ‘it’ man Liam Finn was due to support Lawrence Arabia, who threw two nights of fun filled music with all his friends. The faces were out in numbers, seemingly everyone who wanted to be worth something.

The Finn set seemed like the one a lot of people had bought tickets for out of the two nights, drawing a large amount of middle aged beard sporting nice guys. The first half of the set was mediocre, but with the addition of Connan Hosford, James and Joe to form an impressive backing back, the final two songs were perfect. It was the first time I have seen Liam Finn duet with Connan on ‘I’ll Be Lightning’, as on his debut album, and it was just brilliant.

The second of the two nights brought on Luke Buda, Samuel Flynn Scott, and Connan and his retarded gannets. Luke was up to his same show ponyish antics, which I like- they are great entertainment. Samuel Flynn Scott was great, and played a lot of his better songs, but where was ‘the hunt’? God knows you should’ve played it.

Connan- minus two moccasins- played what he does best: cute. But there was something about those down syndrome gannets that didn’t quite click for me. The music was nothing new, worse than any Mockasin material, and seemed rather empty, but that could just be a bias sentimental side coming out.

Lawrence Arabia is awesome. If you can ever get to see him- do. With a Dylan cover and saving his best hits til last, Lawrence Arabia not only hosted two nights of sweet gigs, but fully owned the top spot and played long into the night. The collaborations were flying, and it was the type of gig you don’t see every day.

Thanks Lawrence Arabia, good times. It would be a good idea to see them again before they head back to U.K.
 

About Lawrence Arabia

Lawrence Arabia is the pseudonym of James Milne. From 2002 to 2005, he was a multi-instrumentalist in Auckland pop band The Brunettes. He continued to write songs during this period and in 2006, Lil Chief Records helped him to release his first two solo efforts - one by his group The Reduction Agents (The Dance Reduction Agents) and the eponymous Lawrence Arabia debut. Songs and work from these albums were nominated for a number of BNet awards and the APRA Silver Scroll.

From this point onwards, the ever-resourceful Milne decided to go his own way, organising his own release of Lawrence Arabia's second release, Chant Darling. Since then, varying line-ups of the Lawrence Arabia band have toured the UK and Europe with The Concretes, Feist, The Ruby Suns, Liam Finn and Okkervil River.

Milne also plays in the local super-group, BARB, with Liam Finn, Connan Mockasin, Eliza-Jane Barnes and Seamus Ebbs. He also continues to do occasional performances in Lil Chief's resident Paul McCartney tribute band, The Disciples of Macca. Lawrence Arabia has gone on to be a hugely popular musical vehicle.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Lawrence Arabia

Releases

Singles Club
Year: 2019
Type: Album
Absolute Truth
Year: 2016
Type: Album
The Sparrow
Year: 2012
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Unlimited Buffet
Year: 2011
Type: Album
Chant Darling
Year: 2009
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Lawrence Arabia
Year: 2008
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape

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