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Weyes Blood Returning To New Zealand in May

Weyes Blood Returning To New Zealand in May

Chris Cudby / Wednesday 15th March, 2023 8:00AM

California sonic visionary Weyes Blood aka Natalie Mering today thrills local fans with the announcement of her imminent return to Aotearoa, performing headline dates at Auckland's The Powerstation and Wellington's The Opera House this coming May. Last here in during the perilously uncertain days of early 2020, these will be Weyes Blood's first New Zealand shows since the release of her fifth studio album And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow. Widely acclaimed as one of finest albums of 2022, the new record is a majestic, piano-led ten song collection, made with the intention to "shed light on the meaning of our contemporary disillusionment". Arising from roots in the noisy US underground in the '00s (releasing her first official long player as Weyes Blood via Not Not Fun Records) to become one of the most critically celebrated songwriting voices of her generation, Mering's autumn North Island events will be nights to remember — brought to you by the gang at Banished Music, Strange News and Solid Entertainment...

Weyes Blood
In Holy Flux Tour: New Dawn

Monday 29th May - The Powerstation, Auckland
Tuesday 30th May - The Opera House, Wellington

General tickets on sale via Banished Music

Watch the video for 'It's Not Just Me, It's Everybody' from Weyes Blood's latest album And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow...

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Press release:

Critically celebrated US singer-songwriter with a voice for the ages, Weyes Blood (aka Natalie Mering), is returning at last to perform two spellbinding shows in New Zealand this May.

A galaxy of isolation, narcissism fatigue, technological agitation. These are the new norms that keep Natalie Mering up at night, and the themes at the heart of the celestial new Weyes Blood album, And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow.

Weyes Blood’s dreamy torch songs of doom have never been more revealing of the present moment. If Titanic Rising was an observation of doom to come, And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow is in the thick of it, searching for an escape hatch from algorithms and ideological chaos. "We're in a fully functional shit show,” said Mering. "My heart is a glow stick that's been cracked, lighting up my chest in an explosion of earnestness.”

Weyes fifth studio album And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow released in November 2022 highlights Weyes Blood urgent concern for the planet and humanity. Lead track It's Not Just Me, It's Everybody speaks about the interconnectivity of all beings, but also the fraying of society around us, while other tracks follow in kind. The lullaby-like Grapevine chronicles the splintering of a human connection. The otherworldly dirge God Turn Me into a Flower serves as allegory about our collective hubris. The Worst Is Done is an ominous warning, set against a deceivingly breezy pop melody.

The last time we saw Weyes Blood live in New Zealand was in March 2020, only a few days before our borders closed and life as we knew it changed dramatically. Now, with much to reconcile within the months and years that followed, Weyes Blood will take the stage here once again for a cathartic and momentous pair of shows.


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