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Anna Coddington - Anna Coddington – The Lake

19 Jun 2008 // A review by JohnS
Anna Coddington's debut album, The Lake, was quite a surprise when I received it. With many people comparing her to Bic Runga and Anika Moa I was not disappointed that Anna added her own flavour and style for a uniquely outstanding album. Anna has toured in Bic Runga's band and added back-up vocals to her last album, Birds. You can also hear Anna on Anika Moa's last two records with Anika in return adding vocal harmonies on The Lake.

This is not without an outrageously talented band supporting her with Ned Ngatae, guitarist (Dimmer, Hollie Smith). Riki Gooch on the drums (Trinity Roots), Chip Matthews on bass guitar (Open Souls, Anika Moa) and on the keyboards is Steph Brown (Che Fu, Nathan Haines, Open Souls). With a solid history in the industry and band credits like you would never have believed, helps to make up this fantastic album

The first single from the album Hold you here, has a real kiwi feel about it which has played in my car a enough times to have the kids start singing along on the road. My favourite track on the album is T-Shirt but this has not yet made the sing along classics my travels have yet experienced.

If you like the work from Bic Runga and Anika Moa you will not any way be disappointed by investing in this album.
 

About Anna Coddington

Anna Coddington began her musical life in Raglan at age 11 as her father Peter's protigee on an enormous chromed out drum kit. At 15 she formed Hamilton's most loved/most hated band Handsome Geoffery with two of her best friends. They were both drummers too so Anna made her little brother teach her Stairway To Heaven and some Nirvana songs on the guitar, Janna learned bass, and Aidee got to stay on the drums (lucky). They quickly realised they were quite shit as a covers band so Anna wrote some of her own songs that they could stuff up as much as they wanted. Handsome Geoffery were great. They won the Rockquest in 1998 and got a Jimi Hendrix stratocaster which they sold through the Rockshop- a move Anna sometimes regrets.

Handsome Geoffery would later dissipate and be reincarnated as Duchess. Jonny Corker took Aidee's place on the drums but she didn't mind because she got to play keyboards, which was pretty amazing. They released a self titled EP in 2005 through Rhythmethod and got 2 video clips out of it for You Buried Me Alive and the new one Raglan City, which you may see on telly from time to time. Duchess are also great but have sort of been on a long term hiatus.

Anna spent most of 2005/2006 on tour with Anika Moa and Bic Runga as a backing singer. She enjoyed this very much but upon her return from a UK tour with Bic Runga found herself twiddling her thumbs in Mt Albert (long story) and feeling a little despondent. This was a sign that the time had come to make some more music. So that's what she's doing. Armed with a brain full of songs she wrote on tour and since and a selection of guitars, she has been recording some demos at home and playing some cracker live shows. She has also been playing drums in Tim Guy and the Tutaes, which features Anika Moa on bass and Madeleine Sami on backing vocals and percussion. They are pretty amazing.

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Releases

Mana-Wa-Hine
Year: 2021
Type: EP
Beams
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Luck/Time
Year: 2016
Type: Album
Cat & Bird
Year: 2011
Type: Album
The Lake
Year: 2008
Type: Album

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