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Dimmer - AudioCulture Profile and Photos

Dimmer - AudioCulture Profile and Photos

Annabel / AudioCulture excerpt by Amanda Mills / Photo supplied by AudioCulture / Thursday 5th August, 2021 8:54AM

We've teamed up with the fine folk at AudioCulture — "The noisy library of New Zealand music" — to help spread the word about their immensely informative, continuously updated and highly useful wealth of Aotearoa music history resources, freely available to all over on their website HERE.

As anticipation mounts for Dimmer's I Believe You Are A Star 20th anniversary tour, we implore you to take a leisurely scroll through AudioCulture's deep dive of Shayne P. Carter's post-Straitjacket Fits project. Chronicling the full Dimmer story from Fits' "last" ever show at the 1994 Big Day Out, through to their Kings Arms set just four years ago and further still, writer Amanda Mills leaves no detail in the dark in her profile and interview.

Mills delves into Carter's departure from Flying Nun and draws out the story behind Dimmer's ever-evolving lineup — which began in 1994 with Peter Jefferies and Lou Allison, and for the forthcoming spring tour will include Gary Sullivan (JPSE), James Duncan, Nick Roughan (Skeptics), Louisa Nicklin, Neive Strang and Lachlan Anderson (Die Die Die). Released back in 2001 and described by Carter as the favourite record he's made so far, I Believe You Are A Star was Dimmer's debut full length album and a worthy reason to reform and tour once again.

Speaking to Mills on the naming of Dimmer, Carter had this to say: “I called Dimmer ‘Dimmer’ because there was something creepy about calling it Shayne Carter ... I thought I’ll just give it this umbrella name, Dimmer, and it’s essentially me … with whomever I wanted … Dimmer was one part of what I’ve done … but [he laughs] Shayne P. Carter is not as popular as Dimmer, even though it’s exactly the same musicians, and exactly the same songs.”

For the full AudioCulture profile of Dimmer by Amanda Mills + photo / poster gallery head over HERE.

Soon to be reissued on limited edition blue vinyl, have another listen to I Believe You Are A Star...

Come early September, Carter and his brand new Dimmer live band embark on an epic New Zealand tour to celebrate two decades of I Believe You Are A Star, kicking off the merrymaking in Ōtautahi, then hitting Wellington and Auckland for two shows apiece, before wrapping up in Dimmer's birthplace Ōtepoti at Mayfair Theatre. For all but Pōneke's Friday show, Proteins Of Magic aka Kelly Sherrod (of Punches, who has also performed in Dimmer) will be taking on the support slot. Back in town from Nashville, Tennessee, Proteins Of Magic are a suitable addition to the I Believe You Are A Star anniversary tour both as an electronic experimenter and a multidisciplinary artist, not to mention their self-titled debut album in the pipeline for release next Friday 13th August.

Dimmer I Believe You Are A Star 20th Anniversary Tour

Saturday 11th September - Blue Smoke, Christchurch w/ Proteins of Magic*
Friday 17th September - San Fran, Wellington*
Saturday 18th September - San Fran, Wellington [sold out] w/ Proteins of Magic*
Friday 24th September - Mercury Theatre, Auckland w/ Proteins of Magic
Saturday 25th September - Mercury Theatre, Auckland [sold out] w/ Proteins of Magic
Saturday 2nd October - Mayfair Theatre, Dunedin w/ Proteins of Magic

*Tickets available HERE via UTR 
Auckland tickets available HERE
Dunedin tickets available HERE


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