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Gig & Concert News - No Cigar Debut Album 'Bienvenido' Out Now

No Cigar Debut Album 'Bienvenido' Out Now

23 September 2022 - 0 Comments

Bienvenido is Spanish for Welcome, and undoubtedly what No Cigar’s growing legion of fans will be saying about the Auckland band’s 11 track debut album.

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Featuring Willy Ferrier’s signature laidback vocals, expert song writing and the bands effortlessly cool tones, the album comes after four single releases in four months, including runaway hit Some Nights, Holiday, Black Hole and Say No More.

After releasing their debut EP Radical Road in 2020, the Connor Jaine (Mako Road) produced Bienvenido is the band’s first album. The result is confident, engaging and perfectly poised to bring the five piece band the recognition they richly deserve.

With themes ranging from the prickling anxiety of walking into a club and struggling to match the energy in that space (Say No More) to wanting to change yourself to be with someone who you know is attracted to the opposite sex (Some Nights), No Cigar have never been a band to shy away from packaging up broad immense themes, delivered with their trademark chill guitars. There are licks and hooks featured throughout the album, that will inevitably make for eleven brand new earworms.

It’s an album that is designed to be experienced live and lucky for fans throughout Aotearoa, the band are playing a monster nine date tour taking in towns right throughout the motu. Beginning in Christchurch on Fri 30 Sept at 12 Bar, followed by U Bar in Dunedin, Yonder in Queenstown and a now SOLD-OUT show at Rhyme x Reason in Wanaka, the band will then head north to play Napier’s Paisley Lounge, Totara Street in Tauranga before wrapping up at Galatos in Auckland on Saturday 5 November. They will also be appearing at Gisborne’s Longline Classic Festival, plus the city’s First Light Food and Wine Festival.

Recorded in sunny, laid-back Mangawhai, Beinvenido is a product of the pandemic, and an album finally able to breathe its life. Of it’s conception, No Cigar say:

“When the bars, clubs and even the borders shut their doors, we had to look inward for an escape. In a strange way, if not for the pandemic, the first album we released would look very different. That’s because amid all the uncertainty, with gigs, festivals and tours all being organised only to be cancelled time and time again, we made a call. We decided to not book anything and instead focus inwards on the music….We all decided to ditch the ghost town Auckland had become and escape to Mangawhai, No Cigar’s spiritual home
.’

The sound of the beach, in this case Mangawhai is present throughout the album. It’s a perfect accompaniment to the forthcoming summer season arriving with plenty of time to become an instant summer classic.

Since the band’s inception in 2019 , the boys have grown a fiercely loyal fanbase while dodging lockdowns, playing sold out shows at Auckland’s Galatos, Tuning Fork, Whammy and Sweat Shop, opening for Mako Road at the iconic Powerstation and playing across the festival circuit including Rhythm and Vines, Outfield Festival and That Weekend. They have already surpassed over 2 million streams on Spotify alone with 100,000+ monthly listeners.

Bienvenido. Welcome. No Cigar have officially arrived.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now from outlets listed below.

NO CIGAR NZ TOUR

Fri 30 Sept
12 Bar | Ōtautahi, Christchurch
undertheradar.co.nz

Thu 6 Oct
U bar |Ōtepoti, Dunedin
undertheradar.co.nz

Fri 7 Oct
Rhyme x Reason | Wānaka
SOLD OUT

Sat 8 Oct
Yonder |Tāhuna, Queenstown
undertheradar.co.nz

Fri 21 Oct
Paisley Lounge |Ahuriri, Napier
undertheradar.co.nz

Sat 22 Oct
Longline Classic Festival |Tairāwhiti, Gisborne
ticketfairy.com

Sun 23 Oct
First Light Food & Wine Fest |Tairāwhiti, Gisborne
eventfinda.co.nz

Sat 29 Oct
Totara St |Mount Maunganui
flicket.co.nz

Sat 5 Nov
Galatos | Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland
undertheradar.co.nz


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