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David Kilgour And The Heavy Eights Announce Tour With Sam Hunt

David Kilgour And The Heavy Eights Announce Tour With Sam Hunt

Monday 13th April, 2015 9:13AM

David Kilgour and The Heavy Eights are again teaming up with beloved New Zealand poet Sam Hunt, this time for the forthcoming album The 9th. The two artistic forces banded together in 2009 for Falling Debris, a full-length album that saw Kilgour and his band perform the songs, while Hunt's poetry provided the words. This time round saw Sam join the musicians in a Dunedin studio, where they wrote and recorded collaboratively over a handful of days.


In a press release, Kilgour says the project has been a long time in the making since it was first conceptualised eight years ago. He explains:"We were always busy and we were determined to record Sam live with the musicians. We didn't want it to be one of those recordings pasted together long distance with Sam overdubbing poems onto pre recorded tracks etc. Or Sam sending us recordings of poems that we could record with. We needed to be in the same room. It took a while before a gap was found". The 9th is due out 4th May via Bandit King Records. The upcoming June tour will see Sam and David perform pieces from the album, and David and The Heavy Eights will also play tracks from last year's album End Times Undone. Here are the details...


Sam Hunt with David Kilgour and The Heavy Eights

Friday 5th June, Chicks Hotel, Dunedin
Saturday 6th June, Sherwood, Queenstown
Friday 26th June, San Fran, Wellington
Saturday 27th June, Kings Arms, Auckland

Tickets to all shows available HERE at UTR


Here's the video to 'Comin' On' from David Kilgour and The Heavy Eights' 2014 album End Times Undone...


PRESS RELEASE:

Touring to promote LPs The 9th and End Times Undone. A short set from Sam, then Sam and the 8s and finally a set from DK & The 8's.

The 9th
Sam Hunt
with David Kilgour & The Heavy 8's.

Released May 4th, 2015.
Bandit King Records.

Sam and I talked about making this LP eight years ago after meeting each other on a plane over New Zealand. (Though I had thought about making this LP back in the early 90's!)

In the meantime, amongst other LPs, DK and the 8's made an LP (Falling Debris, Arch Hill Records, 2008) using Sam's verse.

When Sam, DK & the 8's toured NZ promoting Falling Debris back in 2008 we worked up some music for Sam's poems to be performed live. Musical versions of The 7th, Wavesong and Gunners Lament ( James K Baxter) were written for the tour. The music for Gunners Lament is a re working of an old Heavy 8s track called Sept 98 (A Feather In The Engine, Merge Records, 2001).

It took us so long to make this LP because we were always busy and we were determined to record Sam live with the musicians. We didn't want it to be one of those recordings pasted together long distance with Sam overdubbing poems onto pre recorded tracks etc. Or Sam sending us recordings of poems that we could record with. We needed to be in the same room. It took a while before a gap was found.

So March 2014 Sam came to Dunedin for seven days where we wrote and recorded for about 4 days in an old hotel in Port Chalmers called Chicks. Apart from the three poems mentioned earlier all the rest were worked up over these four days.

Sometimes Sam would suggest a mood for a poem, or I might be strumming away idly on guitar playing nothing in particular for no one in particular when Sam would say hey keep playing that, I think I've got words for that. Or we would pick up our instruments and improvise something up on the spot in pursuit of a Sam suggestion. All of Sam's vocals were cut live with the band.

DK and the Heavy 8s got too busy to promote their new LP End Times Undone (released on Merge Records, August, 2014) in NZ with a tour, so we're kind of seeing this tour as celebrating the release of both LPs, but in particular the 9th as its fresh off the block!





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related gigs
Sam Hunt with David Kilgour and The Heavy 8s
Fri 5th Jun, Chicks Hotel , Port Chalmers
Sam Hunt with David Kilgour and The Heavy 8s
Sat 6th Jun, The Sherwood, Queenstown
Sam Hunt With David Kilgour And The Heavy 8s
Fri 26th Jun, San Fran, Wellington
Sam Hunt with David Kilgour and The Heavy 8s
Sat 27th Jun, Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland






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