28 May 2024
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Dead Favours - Gig Review: Dead Favours @ Loons, Lyttelton - 21/04/2023

25 Apr 2023 // A review by Peter K Malthus

This gig marked my first visit to The Loons, a venue in Lyttelton, Christchurch with an almost nostalgic NZ school/church/rural town hall type vibe, in an excellent way. It looks to have quite a decent capacity, and it's a shame that more of that capacity wasn't occupied with punters tonight, to witness the onslaught of quality rock & roll that was served up.

First on the bill was Dolphin Friendly, a "sonically diverse coastal psych-rock force to be reckoned with", a four-piece from Christchurch. Their first song kicked things off in high gear, reminding me of II-era Led Zep and Dark Side-era Pink Floyd, which is never a bad thing from my perspective. They soon lived up to the "sonically diverse" description, however, as the song changed tack yet again, heading more into dub territory, and then just for the sheer merry hell of it, why not throw on a few bars of Black Sabbath's War Pigs whilst you're about it? Dolphin Friendly certainly took the crowd on a musical journey, all the while oozing a larrikin charm that ably demonstrated why they're being touted as a band to watch. Whilst the whole band were superb, special mention has to be made of their bass player, a joyous, high-energy dynamo of groove and skill, with tone for days. Nice work.

Volts were up next. I'd been really looking forward to seeing these guys, having thoroughly enjoyed their single When You Go, and they were every bit as slick and polished as I'd anticipated. Volts remind me in a most excellent way of Garbage, but with a more modern and relevant slant. Vocalist Lorna Coll was magnificently in the zone, a chanteuse of power and presence, delivering a flawless performance of Volts' stadium-ready bangers. The entire band is vibrant and sexy, and were clearly having an absolute blast. No wonder the crowd loved them.

Dead Favours are a band so filled with mojo, so powerful, such a collection of utter rock monsters that they blew up an amplifier merely by walking past it, prior to their set. Consequently, we had a slightly longer wait whilst a replacement amp, quivering in its valves with fear, was sorted. Worth every bit of the wait, the mighty Dead Favours cursed a brief introduction and then hit us between the eyes with amp-destroying intensity. Their adoring crowd was treated to tracks from the back catalogue, along with new ones like Roundabout from the EP Riffing & Yelling Part 2, although I don't know how much 'yelling' there was.

There absolutely was an abundance of top-shelf riffage, but Jared Wrennall (guitar, vocals) delivered a stellar vocal performance, from warm throaty lower-register through to crystal clear falsetto. If there's any 'yelling' going on with these guys, I'm picking it must be during one of those frustrating times when their raw rock energy has caused another guitar amp to give up in despair, just by being accidentally placed too close to the epicenter. Their songs reminded me of some sort of heady blend of the best of QOTSA and of Muse, knock-down kick-out-the-jams belters, with vocals caught perfectly between sultry and sneering. It was a hell of a good night, I'm really glad I got to check out all three of these superb bands. 

Dead Favours continue to tour throughout April and May as long as they can avoid breaking anything else along the way. Chuck a few bucks at a ticket and go see them. 


Photo Credit: Bevan Triebels / Triebels Photography
Dead Favours Gallery
Dolphin Friendly Gallery
Volts Gallery

 

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;

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Dead Favours

Releases

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

Other Reviews By Peter K Malthus

Gig Review: Saurian @ Darkroom, Christchurch - 18/05/2024
21 May 2024 // by Peter K Malthus
Dunedin's Saurian are on a sacred mission: To do anything they can to assist in saving beloved and iconic Dunedin music venue, The Crown. Nearby developments threaten The Crown's ability to host live music, and what better way to spread the word but through song, thought Saurian, and rightly so, too.
Read More...
Devilskin - EP Review: Surfacing
17 May 2024 // by Peter K Malthus
At this point in their career, Devilskin scarcely need any introduction. However, on the freakish, bizzaro-world chance that you're not already familiar, the high-octane, fire-breathing, badass rock & roll juggernaut four-piece formed in Hamilton in 2010 and have been kicking arse and stealing hearts ever since.
Read More...
Living Clipboards - Album Review: All Over Tawa
13 May 2024 // by Peter K Malthus
Coming together through the vibrant Wellington indie scene, alternative rock band Living Clipboards' Mark Williams, Denise Roughan, and Jim Abbott are already well known from acts such as The 3Ds, MarineVille, and Ghost Club. The basic guitar, bass, and drum tracks were recorded over one weekend in the band's rehearsal space.
Read More...
Triggar Happy - EP Review: Testify
13 May 2024 // by Peter K Malthus
Triggar Happy is the reinvention of Regan Tucker, from traditional Country artist into an exponent of the Country/Hip-Hop scene, under the guidance of Auckland's Royalty Music Group. Growing up on a farm in Otorohanga exposed a young Triggar Happy to the Country stylings of artists like Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, and George Strait.
Read More...
Beat Rhythm Fashion - Album Review: Critical Mass
07 May 2024 // by Peter K Malthus
Beginning life in Wellington's post-punk Terrace scene of the late 70's and early 80's, Beat Rhythm Fashion went on an ostensibly indefinite hiatus in the mid 80's, only to reform 35 years later. Brothers Nino and Dan Birch had been the cornerstone of the trio in its heyday, but sadly Dan passed in 2011.
Read More...
TheSlacks - Album Review: Information Ape
02 May 2024 // by Peter K Malthus
Scott Armstrong (vocals, rhythm guitar), Mark Armstrong (vocals, lead guitar), Blake Gibson (vocals, bass guitar) and Zane Greig (vocals, drums) are collectively  TheSlacks, Taranaki's answer to the question "What do you reckon a cross between Johnny Cash and Sublime would sound like?" Information Ape is their new album, their third after 2003's Suppressed Inventions and 2014's Welcome To The Rolling Vibe, and they're embarking on a 4-date tour to coincide with New Zealand Music Month to support it, their mums think they play Folk-Rock, they themselves think they play Country-Ska, but apparently they actually play Adult Contemporary Pop...
Read More...
Gig Review: Dragon @ Town Hall, Christchurch - 18/04/2024
20 Apr 2024 // by Peter K Malthus
Dragon is a name long since synonymous with rock & roll in Australasia, and the band is currently enjoying an 8-date tour in celebration of their 50th anniversary. Starting April 12th in Invercargill, the tour will work its way slowly up the country, to wind up in Auckland on April 27th.
Read More...
Sounds Escape - Album Review: Midnight Drive
18 Apr 2024 // by Peter K Malthus
Sounds Escape is the solo project of Logan Wedgwood, an Auckland based drummer, guitarist, and composer. Sounds Escape started coming into being during lockdown, and having released two EPs since 2022, Midnight Drive is his debut full length album.
Read More...
View All Articles By Peter K Malthus

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • MILLION DOLLAR BABY
    Tommy Richman
  • NOT LIKE US
    Kendrick Lamar
  • LUNCH
    Billie Eilish
  • A BAR SONG (TIPSY)
    Shaboozey
  • I HAD SOME HELP
    Post Malone feat. Morgan Wallen
  • CHIHIRO
    Billie Eilish
  • ESPRESSO
    Sabrina Carpenter
  • TOO SWEET
    Hozier
  • BIRDS OF A FEATHER
    Billie Eilish
  • SKINNY
    Billie Eilish
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