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04 May 2010 - 0 Comments


Thorazine Shuffle

The Lure of Shoes


Kings Arms, Saturday 15th May

Twelve years ago Delta were set to conquer the world. But they didn't. So eleven years ago they went their separate ways. During the same era Thorazine Shuffle were a household name on Auckland’s bFM driven rock n roll scene.

Neither band ever dreamed of playing again. But they are for one night only along with The Lure of Shoes at the Kings Arms on Saturday the 15th of May.

Why, you might ask?

It’s quite simple really. This May will be the first time all the members of Delta have been in New Zealand since their last gig back in 1999. While after a ten year hiatus, Thorazine Shuffle recently played a show at bFM's bStreet festival at Britomart. It went so well they’ve been itching for the right opportunity to try it again. So as often happens, a conversation led to an idea…and The Lure of Shoes…well these guys all know each other, you know how it goes. Crikey, the Sampson brothers are even related…



When Delta split they left a roll call of achievements:

  • A slew of BFM number ones
  • A top twenty single
  • Two superb EPs
  • Shows at The Big Day Out, Sweetwaters, the Queenstown Winter Festival and support slots for ZZ Top, The Cruel Sea, The Exponents, The Feelers and more.

Pinning down Delta’s music was always deceptively simple. They’re a rock n roll band. Deceptive, however, because in Delta’s music one can hear pop, punk, soul, country, blues and folk. Still, it's only rock n roll and Delta will truly be bringing it all back home on the 15th of May at the Kings Arms.

Since the band split Simon Sampson has lived in Melbourne and more recently London, where he’s been playing high profile shows such as The 100 Club and the Clapham Grand. Mareea Paterson played with American alt rockers Veruca Salt for several years and has toured extensively with the likes of Tim Finn and Dave Dobbyn. Meanwhile Andrew Buckton has become a well known producer working with the D4 and Midnight Youth among many others.

Delta were and still are:

  • Simon Sampson – vocals/guitar
  • Andrew Buckton – guitar/sounds
  • Mareea Paterson – bass/vocals
  • Mark Pollard - drumkit

Delta are now proving that their strength not only lies in kick-ass live shows, but in their studio ability as well.  NZ Musician, June/July 1999

Nothing less than inspired...can't be ignored. Delta – they swing.Real Groove, August 1999

The loudest band in town.   Pulp Magazine, Oct/Nov 1999

Thorazine Shuffle


Following their celebrated reunion at bFM's bStreet last December, Thorazine have been itching for the right opportunity to tread the boards again and treat the loyal and devoted throngs to the full Thorazine Shuffle experience.

Renowned for their live show and a catalogue of songs likely to make any red-blooded, bFM-weaned Generation Xer (and Gen Yer for that matter) weak at the knees, the chance to join a bill with nineties contemporaries Delta was just too good to pass up. Especially as it’s being held at the Kings Arms, which the band might as well have called their own venue back in that golden twentieth century twilight.

With a luminous history including tours with the Beastie Boys, Silverchair, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, a triumphant main stage appearance at the '97 'Final Ever' Big Day Out, the album Your Own PR, and hits like 'Harry', 'Emperor's New Clothes' and 'An Affair', the unmatchable three-piece are a rare act not to be missed.

Thorazine Shuffle are:

  • Josh Hetherington – guitar/vocals
  • Aaron Carson - bass
  • Jules Barnett - drums

The Lure of Shoes


Founded by talented singer songwriter James Moore, The Lure of Shoes have been around for blimmin’ ages. The reason for this longevity is simple, the band brings together a bunch of old friends who like beer, banter and fine rock n roll:

  • Jim, a soloist with Auckland’s acclaimed Jubilation gospel choir is one of the most interesting voices in New Zealand rock and roll. He can also make his battered old Musicman guitar wail like a wailing thing.
  • Craig Mason once fronted the Sombretones and was drummer with the Able Tasman for more years than he cares to remember. He also toured New Zealand and the States with The Chills.
  • Bassist/vocalist Paulus McKinnon played for various Auckland bands before he took over Shoes bass duties from ex-Verlaines/Able Tasmans Jane Dodd.
  • Guitarist/vocalist Nick Sampson founded and co-fronted Netherworld Dancing Toys back in the 1980s. He also wrote For Today, a couple of other hits, won an Apra Silver Scroll, waved several New Zealand Music Awards around on live TV, and once got given a gold album – he can’t remember where exactly, but it’s on his Mum’s wall now.

The Shoes 2007 album Perfect Fit received glowing reviews:

Reflective of the band’s pedigree…encompasses 60s garage rock with the Flying Nun heyday. **** The Dominion

Seems to bound across the decades, reminding me alternately of late 60s psychedelia, late 70s New Wave, and the contemporary rock of the Kings of Leon. Nick Bollinger – The Listener

Plenty of sonic adventure…highlights are many and a musical depth that’s compelling indeed****Waikato Times

Like taking a commercial flight with a pilot who likes to bank, dive and roll with great expertise. Graeme Hill – Radio Live

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