23 Apr 2024

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking
  • Articles »
  • Reviews »
  • Eru Dangerspiel - Great News for the Modern Man Tour, Auckland Town Hall, October 9th 2010

Eru Dangerspiel - Great News for the Modern Man Tour, Auckland Town Hall, October 9th 2010

15 Oct 2010 // A review by Dilemma

Well what can you say about Riki Gooch... the Maharaj of experimental music in New Zealand. In this role he was appropriately dressed conducting the opening concert of Eru Dangerspiel at the Auckland Town Hall. A venue with such a powerful presence and acoustics there was no moment in time where you were not drawn into the whole intense experience.

Eru Dangerspiel is the epitome of a big band. 25 of New Zealand’s best musicians performing with trumpets, saxophones, bass, guitars, drums, a trombone, percussion, vocalists, a choir, the infamous organ and even a Triangle! The potential chaos on stage looked so simply mastered by flicks and shimmies of the conductor and his baton. There was so much to absorb that initially there was a perplexity of where to look first, that that soon faded away the excitement and organized viewing.  In true big concert style each of the artists incorporated their own musical approach but also brought their unique personal fashion to the stage. Ria Hall’s afro’s, Isaac Aesili’s sci-fi inspired glasses, a bull fighting trombone player, and Mike Fabulous wearing very little….

Opening the concert with incredible Opera singing accompanied by the organ it was like the beginning of a dream. King Kapisi introduced the concert and acted as hype man to help aid Gooch’s vision. The talented and gorgeousness of Ria Hall and Anna Coddington joined Mara TK in the vocal extravaganza kicking out Jasmine Tea Party. The floor got completely worked over with all the dancing and jumping by both the band and the crowd.  

The set included all the songs from the recently released Eru Dangerspiel CD, Backfoot , Hold Up, Sun Again  were all performed with a high energy, where no  member of band or crowd was out of time or  left behind. Say Honestly was led by a sublime brass section with precision timing and memorable execution. The highlight of the night would beMara TK and a special appearance by the mesmerizing Whirimako Black singing Maia, a haunting ballad that transformed the movement of the crowd to awe inspired motionlessness. The night was capped off with Anna Coddington leading You would Know and introducing and appreciating the band through Samba School Drop Out.

If you have never seen two bass players battling, a duel that only ended because it trumped all others or a triangle solo and want to experience music that emotes passion from every facet go and see Eru Dangerspiel. With that much NZ talent on one stage there is nothing bigger or better!


About Eru Dangerspiel

Eru Dangerspiel is a mesmeric group led by former TrinityRoots' drummer and master percussionist Riki Gooch. Gooch guides a stellar line-up of New Zealand's finest musicians, performing dirty, bottom-heavy funk and psychedelic rhythm and blues. Since the release of the exciting album Great News For the Modern Man, Eru Dangerspiel has performed with everything from a 36-piece choir at the Auckland Town Hall, a 29 piece band on stage at Rippon, to selected wickedly catchy sound system sets, with special guest “cousins”.

2009's sold-out, critically acclaimed, mind-warping show left punters hankering for more and elicited ecstatic responses from many who cited it as the show of the year. The band featured on the CD and 5.1 Surround Sound DVD from that show includes soul legend Whirimako Black, multi-instrumentalist/composer Jonathan Crayford, Laughton and Fran Kora, Anna Coddington, Mara TK (Electric Wire Hustle), Parks (Ladi6), Chip Matthews, Julien Dyne and Isaac Aesili (all Opensouls), Joe Lindsay, Scott Towers and Toby Laing (all Fat Freddy’s Drop), Mike Fabulous (The Black Seeds Lord Echo), Will Ricketts (The Phoenix Foundation), Ross Burge (The Mutton Birds), Ned Ngatae (Dimmer), Submariner (Che Fu, The Turnaround), Lewis McCallum, Olga Gryniewicz, Nathan Haines and The Dangerspiel Community Municipal City Choir.

"Bringing together a vibrant mixture of local musicians, more than just a celebration of band leader Riki Gooch’s idiosyncratic compositions - the Eru Dangerspiel concert was a celebration of New Zealand's musical community and its intimate connection with audiences across the country. Viva La Musica!" - Martyn Pepperell

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Eru Dangerspiel


Chilli Moules
Year: 2010
Type: EP
Great News For The Modern Man
Year: 2008
Type: Album

Other Reviews By Dilemma

Janine and the Mixtape - EP Review: XX
22 Jun 2015 // by Dilemma
2013 was a big year, Lorde released her first EP but she wasn’t our only Singer/Songwriter that got international acclaim that year, there was also Janine Foster otherwise known as Janine and The Mixtape. Described as an electrifying performer that has developed her own unique combination of pop, indie, R&B, and hip hop.
Tali - Album Review: Wolves
28 May 2015 // by Dilemma
Tali AKA Natalia Sheppard is pretty impressive, she paired up with Roni Size to release Lyric on my Lip which smashed the charts in 2002, became the first female MC to release an album in 2004 over 10 years ago. She has won the Best Female DNB MC award a few times (3) and has just released her new album Wolves, which she describes as “electronic soul and gangsta jazz"!
Khemikal - Justice EP Review
06 Nov 2014 // by Dilemma
Silos feat. Nel Amore have released their debut EP Justice, 5 tracks with thumping base lines, some repetitive hooks and a brit-chick that raps and sings.
Emily Edrosa EP Review
05 Nov 2014 // by Dilemma
Emily Edrosa is Emily Littler, member of Street Chant – an Auckland trio that has played since 2007 and won the inaugural Critics Choice at the 2010 NZ Music Awards. Emily however, has been putting out some new solo stuff as Emily Edrosa, which is the second effort after Body/Christ released in 2013.
PNC - The Codes Album Review
24 Jul 2014 // by Dilemma
PNC AKA Sam Hansen released his fifth album less than a month ago and it’s already smashing sales and tearing up the NZ charts. The album titled The Codes is our newest urban success and it seems that PNC has found his stride with his latest offering.
Jayson Norris - Save My Soul EP Review
16 May 2014 // by Dilemma
New from Jayson Norris is the Save My Soul EP as part of NZ Music Month. If you are a fan of Kora style rock or Tiki Taane melodies then you will love this five-song EP, cleverly incorporating roots and the groove of mainstream guitar rock’n’soul to blur genres.
Estère - Estere Album Review
10 May 2014 // by Dilemma
Released as a free download via Bandcamp the debut EP from Wellington singer/songwriter/beatmaker/producer Estere is definitely unique in the NZ music scene. Self-described as “just a girl with an MPC” Estere works her equipment and the product is individualistic, raw and worthy of a listen this NZ Music Month.
Ill Semantics - You Got It Feat. Scribe and K.One Single Review
09 May 2014 // by Dilemma
The Ill Semantic’s are back for 2014 and while it's been over 20 years since they formed they still have the ability to make really good, current hip hop music. Ill Semantics are getting ready to drop their third album and have delivered the first single titled You Got It feat.
View All Articles By Dilemma

NZ Top 10 Singles

    Benson Boone
    Teddy Swims
    Noah Kahan
    Future And Metro Boomin feat. Kendrick Lamar
    Sabrina Carpenter
    Ariana Grande
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem