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Dead Favours - Gig Review: Dead Favours @ Valhalla, Wellington - 03/06/2021

06 Jun 2021 // A review by tonymcdonald

In the sweaty snake pit that is Valhalla I was ordering a Fireball when two feet appeared next to me at the bar. Looking up I discover it’s the one and only Jared from Dead Favours. Surprised? No, this was his second visit to the bar, wirelessly strumming his guitar. Cool or what? The first time was when he ordered and downed what looked like a Tequila shot. Nice!

But let’s go back to the beginning of the night when Seismic State took to the stage. I have known these guys for a few years and know they put on a great show; however, I hadn’t seen the new singer Rogina before. With a blonde dreads and stunning Nordic vocals (if that’s incorrect, I apologise), Rogina fit straight into the band and looked like she had been performing with them for many years.

The general feel of the band at times reminded me of 80’s band All About Eve, with angelic vocals and rock undertones, especially on their songs Two Homes and Windowless. The last classic song Genius was also reminiscent of the 80’s band but a major difference is that almost every song had an awesome guitar solo. Be sure to follow them on Facebook. Overall, Seismic State put on a great performance that got the crowd warmed very nicely indeed and ready for the next band, Voodoo Bloo.

Voodoo Bloo are no strangers to Valhalla having played their multiple times. However tonight seemed different. There was a passion and energy that has lifted them up a gear and the audience were really getting into it. Front man Rory was very interactive with the crowd and the wall of noise was mesmerising. They played singles MMA, Her Name Was Human and Ha Ha Ok Ok, from their debut album Jacobus (available here), but it was their new material that was intriguing. It had catchy melodies that seemed less punk than the last few songs and seemed a little more mainstream, but still heavy. They have been compared to Queens of the Stone Age crossed with Arctic Monkeys, and I can see why.

The whole band simply oozed energy, especially Daniel on the guitar with flowing locks that danced to their own tune. The drummer Jackson also had some unique styles and fills that stood out, especially for someone that looks so young. Be sure to follow them on Facebook.

Having warmed up the crowd some more, Dead Favours entered the stage to a roar from the punters. Having a new bassist in the form of Alex Elvis from Skinny Hobos, I was interested to hear their new material from their latest album Riffing & Yelling. This album will be released in two parts, the first part being released in May, which can be found here.

The sound from this trusted four piece us epic and blows you away. Punchy drums from Charlie, epic riffs from Kyle Wetton and screaming vocal melodies by Jared ensured that you could not sit down during DF’s performance. The new stuff certainly seemed very polished and slightly more mainstream than the older material, think Foo Fighters and you are on the right track. Maybe also a little influence from Six60’s Chris Mac who produced the latest album. They played the new mini LP in its entirety and the songs really had more room to breathe when played live, not that this takes anything away from the recorded material.

A lovely gesture of singing happy birthday to someone in the crowd showed the great relationship they have with their fans. These guys certainly made use of the stage, jumping up onto the speakers and getting a great crowd interaction going. Move On was my pick of the songs on the evening and I can’t wait to see them again live. Make sure to get out and see them at the earliest opportunity and support by following on Facebook.


About Dead Favours

Combining a mix of huge fuzzy and sometimes quirky riffs, groove-laden drums, beautiful falsetto vocals mixed with arena commanding screams and a level of songwriting that some say has been missing from rock for some time, Dead Favours have been quick to grab the attention of the New Zealand music scene and are going from strength to strength in a very short time.

Since their formation in early 2016, the band have released a string of singles, the most notable to date being Dig (produced by Shihad’s Tom Larkin), a riff-centric banger that quickly grabbed the attention of both audiences and radio programmers alike, spending an impressive 27 weeks in the charts. The success of this debut single lead to a nationwide tour alongside the already popular Skinny Hobos, Decades and Bakers Eddy which saw the band increase momentum and pick up an army of new fans all around the country.

The band quickly followed with the singles High Flying and Better The Weather (produced again by Tom Larkin) which has seen the band go on to be invited to perform at festivals such as Jim Beam Homegrown, Demon Energy Rock The Park and share the stage with international acts Royal Blood and Rise Against which was received with rave reviews;

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Riffing & Yelling Part 2
Year: 2023
Type: Album
Riffing & Yelling Part 1
Year: 2021
Type: Album
Year: 2019
Type: Album
The Dead EP
Year: 2018
Type: EP

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