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Nadia Reid - Gig Review: Nadia Reid @ 50 Gorillas, Dunedin - 20/07/2018

21 Jul 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser

The last show of the High and Lonely tour by Nadia Reid and band took place at 50 Gorillas in Dunedin, with newish Dunedin band Die Musikband opening up the evening.

Die Musikband are a four-piece of experienced musicians playing a version of what's generally known as Krautrock. Jeff Harford is a human drum machine and in this band is also using sample trigger pads to let loose more musical mayhem. John Howell's melodic and at times caustic guitar drives the pieces alongside Karen McLean on bass, and the pair provide a stable platform for Alex Gilks on keys to float and noodle over the dense structure.

Five tunes in and the onstage chemistry is vastly noticeable, it's amazing how much Die Musikband can spend life in one chord and keep it interesting. It was a top set, and just the right length at 30 minutes.

After a brief handover, Die Musikband exited and Nadia's band set up.

The lady of the hour appears, and the band sits out the first number, Best Thing. This is a true testament to how she can control an audience, with everyone hushing naturally when she’s ready to talk and sing. Excellent stagecraft.

It takes so much work behind the scenes to make playing music look this effortless. The band assemble for the second tune, Heart To Ride, and their polish is palpable.

It's four songs in, including High & Lonely and Runaway, and I've just remembered that I should be taking notes, I’d forgotten, as I was absolutely transported into Nadia's world.

After Arrow & The Aim, Reaching Through and Track of the Time, Nadia shares the inspiration for one song as being about "a guy I met in the Dunedin Botanic Gardens, who said he knew the cure for a broken heart." She says about 5 percent of him he ended up in the song. The song is Come Home To You and it's a gradual builder, both sonically and lyrically. She begins by rejecting his advances, but eventually gives in.

The next song, Right On Time, was "written just up the road, in Port Chalmers", and is followed by the band taking a rest while Nadia Reid plays a song, written in, and titled Hanson Street. Her guitar playing on this shows off her exemplary claw hammer guitar technique, oh and her stunning voice, of course.

The band returns for a song about Levin, which isn't entirely flattering.Even when her tongue is in her cheek, Nadia Reid really is a gifted song writer.

Hanson Street, All of My Love, Ruby, Te Aro and Way It Goes are all delivered beautifully, before Nadia closes the night with arguably her biggest hit Richard.

For this she leaves both guitars on stands and just sings. One would not like to be that particular Richard... Such an acerbic song right from the first line "Richard liked the sound of his own voice". It’s not sung with fondness for hearing Richard’s voice, quite the opposite. This show was truly a masterclass in songwriting and stagecraft.


Photos provided by Darryl Baser
Review written by Darryl Baser

 

About Nadia Reid

A richness of voice; a depth of emotion; wisdom beyond her years; with brand new record Listen To Formation, Look For The Signs, out now on Spunk! Records, Nadia Reid has claimed her place as one of New Zealand’s most evocative and profound young songwriters.




Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Nadia Reid

Releases

Out of My Province
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Preservation
Year: 2016
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape

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