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Live Photos: Jonathan Bree - Hollywood Avondale, Auckland

Live Photos: Jonathan Bree - Hollywood Avondale, Auckland

Photography by Connor Crawford / Monday 5th November, 2018 9:36AM

Auckland avant-pop mastermind Jonathan Bree's long-awaited national tour commenced in Auckland on Friday amidst the suburban splendour of the Hollywood Avondale, following immediately on from a European tour in celebration of his third studio album Sleepwalking. Bree's famously masked band were supported by Auckland rising stars Green Grove, the project of producer and multi-instrumentalist Durham Fenwick whose live crew features members of Bozo, Peach Milk, Yoko-Zuna and Pleasure Majenta. They were a superb pick as opener for the evening, surrounded by emerald mist the group rattled off a selection of electronic exotica with more than a tip of the hat to the work of David Lynch, Julee Cruise and Angelo Badalamenti - the band's pitch-perfect cover of 'Rockin' Back Inside My Heart' suited the vibe to a tee.

Jonathan Bree's group hit the stage sporting their signature current look - featureless masks, mod-ish wigs and intriguingly 'early settler' styled outfits as they performed a selection of tunes from Bree's three solo albums, with a heavy skewing towards the new record. The powerfully-voiced singer cut a dashing figure striding with mic in hand around the stage while (occasionally singing) dancers performed synchronised moves and his rhythm section laid down irresistible grooves, against a projected backdrop of surrealistic and nostalgic imagery. The foregrounding of visual elements (and removal of facial signifiers) seemed to draw attention also towards Bree's socially-charged lyricism. It was quite magical to experience such a unique, artfully-constructed event pulled off with panache to a crammed and appreciative local crowd - we highly recommend you don't miss Bree's show as it tours Aotearoa this month. Photographer Connor Crawford was there to capture the occasion for posterity, gaze upon his images here...


Jonathan Bree - Sleepwalking Over NZ Tour
Jonathan Bree - Sleepwalking Over NZ Tour
Jonathan Bree - Sleepwalking Over NZ Tour
Jonathan Bree - Sleepwalking Over NZ Tour
Jonathan Bree - Sleepwalking Over NZ Tour
Jonathan Bree - Sleepwalking Over NZ Tour

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