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Sidewinder Announce Nationwide Album Release Tour

Sidewinder Announce Nationwide Album Release Tour

Annabel Kean / Wednesday 9th February, 2022 10:37AM

To celebrate the 2022 release of their debut album Vines, Pōneke stoner-rock five-piece Sidewinder have whipped up a bangin' country-wide tour. Kicking off early next month, bandmates Jason Curtis, Ben Sargent, Tom Rousell, Grant Lister and Sean Fitzpatrick will be storming through seven towns, armed with unreleased foot-stomping tracks, powerful riffage and the four ruthless Vine singles out so far - 'Sirens', 'Mississippi Fire', 'Walk Of Ishi', and 'Red Moon', recorded at Surgery Studios with mix-master James Goldsmith. Sidewinder have already confirmed heavy rocking Wellingtonians XFM and Tāmaki punk trio Only The Valiant for Hamilton support, with more to be announced. Find your nearest Sidewinder show below and lock in your spot...

Sidewinder 'Vines' Album Release Tour
Friday 4th March - Nivara Lounge, Hamilton w/ XFM, Only The Valiant*
Friday 18th March - Rattle n' Hum, Nelson*
Saturday 19th March - 12 Bar, Christchurch*
Saturday 2nd April - Jam Factory, Tauranga
Friday 8th April - Valhalla, Wellington*
Friday 29th April - Snails, Palmerston North*
Saturday 30th April - Paisley Stage, Napier*

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Press release:

“How a New Zealand band are able to channel this harsh stoner American southern rock is beyond me.” Kev Rowland, (August 1, 2021)

Wellington rock heavyweights, SIDEWINDER is hitting the road to mark the release of their first studio album ‘Vines’ – returning to visit Hamilton, Napier, Tauranga, Christchurch and hometown Wellington, as well as live debuts in Nelson and Palmerston North.

They are joined for the Hamilton show by fellow Wellingtonians XFM and Auckland rockers Only The Valiant.

With a sound described as ‘a mash up of desert rock and bluesy southern rock with a grungy aftertaste’ Sidewinder consists of vocalist Jason Curtis, guitarists Ben Sargent and Tom Rousell, drummer Grant Lister and bassist Sean Fitzpatrick.

Sidewinder have captured a lot of attention from fans and peers alike since hitting the stage for their debut just six weeks after forming: receiving a rousing response from the large crowd. Since then, the band had not kept still, clocking in numerous live shows as well as heading into the studio to record their first singles with top local engineer James Goldsmith.

‘Sirens’, the band’s first single was duly released April 2021 and was enthusiastically picked up by local rock radio, overseas bloggers and podcasters. That same month the band hit the road for concert dates in Tauranga, Hamilton and Auckland to promote the single before returning to a triumphant homecoming show in Wellington.

“Sirens has a deep SOUNDGARDEN and ALICE IN CHAINS influence with a dirty Grunge sound being the main thing that you can hear within the constraints of the song. The 3 minutes plus song does see the band bring in elements of Stoner Rock and Desert Rock which makes for a more interesting approach to their overall sound.

The vocals are purely “Grunge” based but offer a very cool touch to the familiar style Desert and Stoner Rock grooves the band play on SIRENS.

Sirens is a very good song indeed and is LOUD and POWERFUL for the message of the song that Sidewinder are trying to aim for.” Steve Howe, Outlaws Of The Sun blog, May 9th 2021

A second single ‘Mississippi Fire’ was released in June 2021 along with an accompanying lyric video which has been viewed over 8,500 times. The third single ‘Walk Of Ishi’ was released on August 2nd and was immediately picked up by some major rock playlists as well as getting the band a lot of international press coverage especially in Germany, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, France and Brazil.

This international attention led to one of the band guitarists, Ben, to be listed on the website legendary effects manufacturer ‘Earthquaker Devices’ as an official artist.

The fourth single 'Red Moon' was released in October 2021 and in part thanks to a popular live video of the song being performed at Valhalla in Wellington attracted even more new fans. The video was made during the ‘Battle Of The Bands’ National Final that year.


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Sidewinder 'Vines' Album Release Tour
Fri 4th Mar 7:00pm
Nivara Lounge, Hamilton
Sidewinder 'Vines' Album Release Tour
Fri 18th Mar 7:00am
Rattle n' Hum, Nelson
Sidewinder 'Vines' Album Release Tour
Sat 19th Mar 7:00pm
12 Bar, Christchurch
Sidewinder 'Vines' Album Release Tour
Sat 2nd Apr 7:00pm
Jam Factory, Tauranga
Sidewinder 'Vines' Album Release Tour
Fri 8th Apr 7:00pm
Valhalla, Wellington
Sidewinder 'Vines' Album Release Tour
Fri 29th Apr 7:00pm
Snails, Palmerston North
Sidewinder 'Vines' Album Release Tour
Sat 30th Apr 7:00pm
Paisley Stage, Napier