Anthonie Tonnon Announces Nationwide TourThursday 4th December, 2014 9:00AM
Anthonie Tonnon is hitting the road to celebrate the release of his new album Successor. The 14-date nationwide tour will see the talented songwriter take his newly-named band The Successors zig-zagging around the country for most of March, with a handful of solo shows in store for later in the month. The forthcoming nine-track album was recorded with Jonathan Pearce at The Lab in Auckland and has so far been a closely guarded secret, aside from one special preview show at the Old Folks Association last month, but it will finally be officially unveiled on Friday 6th March. Here's the details for the coinciding tour...
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Anthonie Tonnon – Successor Release Tour
Thursday 5th March, The Yot Club, Raglan
Friday 6th March, Space Monster, Whanganui
Saturday 7th March, Moon One, Wellington
Sunday 8th March, Great Job, Palmerston North
Thursday 12th March, Barrytown Settler’s Hall, Barrytown
Friday 13th March, Wunderbar, Lyttelton
Saturday 14th March, Chick's Hotel, Port Chalmers
Sunday 15th March, The Sherwood, Queenstown
Wednesday 18th March, The Star Tavern, Westport (solo)
Thursday 19th March, The Mussel Inn, Onekaka (solo)
Friday 20th March, St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki (solo)
Saturday 21st March, The Cabana, Napier (solo)
Sunday 22nd March, The Dome, Gisborne (solo)
Saturday 28th March, Kings Arms, Auckland w/ Heavy and New Gum Sarn
Tickets are available HERE from UTR
To tide you over while you wait for Successor check out Anthonie's recent offerings for The Attic Singles Club...
Anthonie Tonnon announces new album "Successor" and national tour in 2015
On a torrential November evening recently, to a hundred people crowded in the time-warp glow of Auckland's Old Folks Association Hall, Anthonie Tonnon christened his backing band (still up to that point nameless, after almost two years of existence) The Successors - revealing the title of the first record to be released under Tonnon's own name.
“Absolutely masterful performance from Anthonie Tonnon last night. One of the best I've seen.” - Hayden Eastmond- Mein, The Pantograph Punch.
Canapé King Records, in association with Southbound distribution, will release Successor in New Zealand on the 6th of March 2015. Canapé King Records is delighted to also announce that Pittsburgh-based label, Wild Kindness Records, will release the album in the USA during the same week. The album features nine songs, coming in at just under 42 minutes. Prose, rather than poetic writing, influences the lyrics - most of which are written as second person narratives. “I wanted to write songs which, when you heard them, could feel like a condensed experience of reading [The New Yorker’s] “A Reporter At Large” column,” says Tonnon, who recently wrote a piece for The Pantograph Punch website on the development of “A Friend From Argentina” - a song from Successor based on Donna Chisholm's 2012 Metro article “Blow Time.”
“Some people inspire love songs. Metro magazine and I inspire songs about barflies and blow” - Donna Chishom, Metro Magazine
Produced with band member and engineer of recent EPs by Tiny Ruins and Fazerdaze, Jonathan Pearce, using Mt Eden’s The Lab studios and a personal collection of analogue equipment, Successor is an album with a mixture of fidelities. “Water Underground” and “Railway Lines” employ Tonnon’s full band - Jonathan Pearce (Watercolours, Sal Valentine And The Babyshakes), Stuart Harwood (Paquin, Proton Beast) and Edward Castelow (Dictaphone Blues, The Brunettes, The Ruby Suns), to reach for something akin to the late-70s studio sound of Lou Reed or the early kraut-swag of Neu!, while “A Friend From Argentina” was recorded as a single solo take into a 1960s journalist’s portable tape recorder.
Tonnon started developing the album after retiring the moniker Tono and the Finance Company in 2013. The long-established Dunedin band released a charting album and toured with alt-folk heroes Beirut, but it felt like a project that belonged to a time and place. “Increasingly, my influences have been writers, rather than musicians, and I wanted to work under a name I felt I could keep working under for the next few decades.”
Touring and testing songs on live audiences became Tonnon’s primary production tool, who used the name change to start touring solo, releasing short-run cassette tapes. The album was recorded between and around two full band New Zealand tours, and two solo tours of the USA and Australia. “In the USA I’d met bands who were letting new material evolve on the road”, Tonnon explains. “There’s a subconscious feedback you get playing audience after audience, and you end up being able to perform the songs at a higher level.”
Tonnon’s arresting, theatrical show has recently seen him perform on the acclaimed Daytrotter Sessions in Illinois, and open for indie stalwarts Okkervil River in New Zealand and Harvey Danger’s Sean Nelson in the USA. Billboard.com recently featured him in their list of “New Zealand acts you need to know about,” and Tonnon will tour with Australian indie-folk master Darren Hanlon on his Christmas tour of Australia later this month.
“Anthonie Tonnon can really work a crowd, whether it's slinging a guitar solo or working it with his full four-piece band. The Auckland-based singer-songwriter was a hot talking point among international delegates at NZ’s Going Global summit in September, his highlight song “Water Underground” still resonating long after the performance had wrapped-up.” - Lars Brandle, Billboard.com
In March, Anthonie Tonnon will present Successor around the country. All shows are with The Successors unless noted otherwise.
Thu 5th Mar, The Yot Club, Raglan
Fri 6th Mar, Space Monster, Whanganui
Sat 7th Mar, MOON, Wellington
Sun 8th Mar, Great Job!, Palmerston North
Thu 12th Mar, Barrytown Hall, Barrytown
Fri 13th Mar, Wunderbar, Lyttelton
Sat 14th Mar, Chicks Hotel , Port Chalmers
Wed 18th Mar, Star Tavern, Westport
Fri 20th Mar, St Peter's Hall, Paekakariki
Sat 21st Mar, The Cabana, Napier
Sun 22nd Mar, Dome Cinema, Gisborne
Sat 28th Mar, Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland