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Asta Rangu Drop Single / Video 'LLPLZA'

Asta Rangu Drop Single / Video 'LLPLZA'

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Alex Lovell-Smith / Friday 13th May, 2022 9:52AM

With just two weeks to go before the launch of debut album ENTRTNMNT, Ōtepoti's student radio chart-topping Asta Rangu keep the power-pop energy high on third single 'LLPLZA'. Officially pronounced "Lalapalooza" (meaning an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event — which Perry Farrell's famous touring festival is named after), the song is given added visual dimension with an epoch-spanning montage of vintage western public domain film footage, sliced 'n' diced together by songwriter Richard Ley-Hamilton (Males). Touring their new record alongside interstellar doom crew Space Bats, Attack! in June, Ley-Hamilton shed light on his creative approach for Asta Rangu's ENTRTNMNT...

"I have always been fascinated with the feeling of bittersweet - memories or moments that can be joyous and sad at the same time. As I tend to write the music first, I began with chords that had an open, melancholic quality, then lifted the tempo to give it a stronger pulse - more hopeful or elated sounding. The lyrics are a running-together of wordplay, surreal imagery and introspection, trying to paint a picture around this feeling.

ENTRTNMNT promises to be quite diverse tonally, but the approach to each song was the same - create a musical environment where the song and its message are best served. I truly believe 'LLPLZA' achieves this, and sitting towards the end of the album, its pensive optimism helps to resolve the darker and more doubtful themes of earlier tracks.

It's the greatest feeling to finally realise the vision brought about by that first stumbling strum and mumbled nonsense." - Richard Ley-Hamilton


Asta Rangu and Space Bats, Attack! NZ Tour

Friday 10th June - The Crown Hotel, Dunedin
Saturday 11th June - darkroom, Christchurch
Thursday 16th June - San Fran, Wellington
Friday 17th June - The Wine Cellar, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR



'ENTRTNMNT' releases on limited edition cassette and CD on Friday 27th May, preorders HERE.

Links
instagram.com/astarangu/
astarangu.bandcamp.com/

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Asta Rangu And Space Bats, Attack! NZ Tour
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Fri 10th Jun 8:00pm
The Crown Hotel, Dunedin
Asta Rangu and Space Bats, Attack! NZ Tour
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Sat 11th Jun 8:00pm
darkroom, Christchurch
Asta Rangu and Space Bats, Attack! NZ Tour
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Thu 16th Jun 8:00pm
San Fran, Wellington
Asta Rangu And Space Bats, Attack! NZ Tour
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Fri 17th Jun 8:00pm
The Wine Cellar, Auckland