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SOJØURN - Single Review: Stand Up

20 Aug 2020 // A review by kongfooey

As with a lot of established and up and coming Kiwi artists, the pandemic that is Covid-19 has thrown a spanner in the works for recording, releases and live shows and SOJØURN have also been in the same boat.

But here it is, the latest offering from these young Northland lads. To my ears Stand Up has a Black Seeds vibe. It kicks off with moody synths and a funky bass and guitar riff before building into an upbeat reggae groove with tight drumming and horn flourishes embellishing the track. With its positive and conscious lyrics (no doubt inspired by Marley's anthem Get Up, Stand Up) "You got to stand up, never slow down, no matter what, we're bringing the sound, you got to stand up and never slow down".

Stand Up is a party song through and through. A fun and uplifting tune that will translate nicely live this summer. After a sold-out show at Mangawhai Tavern and a rip-roaring set at the Leigh Sawmill these lads clearly know how to put on a blistering live set.

Whilst their sound is nothing new in NZ, with a plethora of similar-sounding bands gracing Aotearoa now, they do this genre very well. This song recorded at Roundhead studios is very nicely produced as well. Look out for this song hitting the local airwaves and the band hitting the summer touring circuit in 2020/2021.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )


SOJØURN are a 6-piece surf rock reggae band hailing from the sun & surf drenched town of Mangawhai Heads, NZ. The band have been blitzing shows across Aotearoa, bringing their surf-psych-reggae vibes since 2019. The band's first single was Follow Me is ode to good times (& good smoke)...

The highly regarded Summer Tape EP landed them in some hot hands, pricking up the ears of curators and fans alike. Still A Mess continues to be the bands #1 streaming success. The band then released Stand Up (2020) - a more dubby, fast paced number acknowledging the bands east coast roots. Stand Up was followed in quick succession by singles Saturday Sipping and How It Grows.

After a massive summer touring across NZ's North Island, including performances at Bay Dreams and shows with the likes of Mako Road, the band headed back to Mangawhai HQ (2021) and recorded the highly anticipated Mystic Ways EP. Mystic Ways marks a giant leap forward for the emerging group who have fast become an essential band on the NZ scene.

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Mystic Ways
Year: 2022
Type: EP

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