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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

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Releases

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

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