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Grawlixes 'Love You To Death' Album Release Tour

Thu Aug 12th, 2021

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Grawlixes celebrate their sophomore album with a 10 date headline tour this July/August. The ten shows will see Grawlixes perform in intimate venues across Aotearoa, captivating audiences with a dynamic set ranging from floating atmospheric ballads to jaw-dropping rock'n'roll.

Grawlixes are an existential folk-pop band from Wellington, New Zealand, who will sear themselves in your brain with raw, wry and infectious songs about doomed relationships, not being invited to parties, and wanting to murder each other. Continuing the great lineage of artists who bring sadness to their sprightly melodies, Grawlixes’ music often deals in the melancholy with self-deprecating honesty and beautiful boy-girl harmonies, sung by co-founders Robin Cederman (Tahu & The Takahes, The Prophet Hens) and Penelope Esplin (French for Rabbits, Lake South).

Grawlixes signed to Home Alone records, following an extensive European tour supporting now label-mates French for Rabbits, throughout Switzerland, England, Germany and France. They released their debut album ‘Set Free’ in July 2017 to critical acclaim. And have since expanded into a stellar 5 piece band, featuring esteemed local musicians Alex Vaastra on violin (Julian Temple Band, Emily Fairlight), Emma Hattaway on bass (BoJack Funkman) and Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa on drums (Dawn Diver, French for Rabbits).

Love You To Death will be released on July 15 on Home Alone Records and is available to pre-order now via
The phenomenal album was recorded with Lee Prebble at The Surgery, in Wellington (L.A.B, Black Seeds, Trinity Roots) and mixed with producer Tom Healy (Julia Jacklin, Tiny Ruins, Finn Andrews) and mastered by Paul Gold of Salt Mastering in Brooklyn, New York (Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors). Love You To Death also features the resplendent colour palette of vibraphone, saxophones, clarinets and trumpets, with brass performances by Jake Baxendale & James Guilford. The result is lush instrumentation, captivating performances and clean intimate vocals. Grawlixes have never had more to say, nor said it more affectingly. The melodies and harmonies are lovely, the production crackles with colour, and the whole thing marks a new level of achievement.

Vatican't are a Wellington twee-pop band who combine obtuse harmony and polysyllabic effusion into something ... very good, actually. Formed in 2021, their rhymes are sweet, their wryly charming, and quirky songs are neat. With comparisons to Pinback, American Analog Set, The Shins and No Vacation, they're worth seeing before they get outrageously popular.

Violet Hirst started her music career in her hometown of Queenstown, playing the local venues every so often but truly found her sound in the capital, Wellington. With songs that are sung in a purple haze while staring at the mountains, Violet’s music draws influence from the mountains that surround her, the love shown by her parents and the most hidden notes from her diary.
With her debut Sabine we explore a foreign love and a fairytale romance inspired by Nick Bantock’s art-book series ‘Griffin & Sabine’. Let the music teleport you to a field of long flowing grass as you gaze over the horizon.

Please note tickets for Wellington exclusively available from

Grawlixes NZ Tour dates are:
July 22nd (Thursday): The Plant, Blenheim (with Emily Riordan)
July 23rd (Friday): Tim's Place, Marahau (with Emily Riordan)
July 24th (Saturday): Mussel Inn, Takaka
August 12th (Thursday): Meow, Wellington (with Violet Hirst & Vatican’t). See for tickets
August 14th (Saturday): The Stomach, Palmerston North (with Rusty Frames)
August 15th (Sunday): Common Room, Hastings*
August 19th (Thursday): Wunderbar, Christchurch*
August 20th (Friday): The Dive, Dunedin (with Julian Temple Band)
August 27th (Friday): Nivara Lounge, Hamilton (with Brandan De La Cruz)
August 28th (Saturday): Wine Cellar, Auckland*
*Support TBC

Please note tickets for Wellington exclusively available from

acoustic/solo, alternative, country/folk, pop, rock, Grawlixes, Vatican't, Violet Hirst

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Grawlixes 'Love You To Death' Album Release Tour
Thu 22nd July
The Plant, Blenheim
Grawlixes 'Love You To Death' Album Release Tour
Fri 23rd July
Tim's Place, Maharau
Grawlixes 'Love You To Death' Album Release Tour
Sat 24th July
Mussel Inn, Takaka
Grawlixes 'Love You To Death' Album Release Tour
Sat 14th August
The Stomach, Palmerston North
Grawlixes 'Love You To Death' Album Release Tour
Sun 15th August
Common Room, Hastings
Grawlixes 'Love You To Death' Album Release Tour
Thu 19th August
Wunderbar, Christchurch
Grawlixes 'Love You To Death' Album Release Tour
Fri 20th August
Dive, Dunedin
Grawlixes 'Love You To Death' Album Release Tour
Fri 27th August
Nivara Lounge, Hamilton
Grawlixes 'Love You To Death' Album Release Tour
Sat 28th August
The Wine Cellar, Auckland

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