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Beastwars Cover 'Identity' by The Gordons

Beastwars Cover 'Identity' by The Gordons

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: David James / Friday 4th August, 2023 8:46AM

Ram-raiding the Billboard Compilation Albums chart with their contribution to new Soundgarden covers compilation Superunknown (Redux), Pōneke metal masters Beastwars are rapidly making the second half of 2023 their own. Named after a line from Split Enz's 'Six Months In A Leaky Boat', Beastwars' imminent fifth studio album Tyranny Of Distance was in fact prompted by their scorching rendition of 'The Day I Tried to Live' (listen below) — putting their own mega-heavy spin on songs by Aotearoa music icons The Gordons, Superette, Snapper, Children's Hour, Nadia Reid, Julia Deans, The 3Ds and Marlon Williams.

Embarking on a seven date nationwide release tour this spring, Beastwars today unveil the second single from their new record 'Identity'. A cover of a deep cut classic by noise rock legends The Gordons (who later reconfigured as Bailterspace), 'Identity' comes from their long out of print 1984 second album, and will thus be new to the ears of many fans today (there's a handy YouTube rip available HERE). Beastwars' version bulks up the sleek, almost Chrome-like original, amplifying the song's dystopian technological vision to awe-inspiring levels for our AI-spooked present. Hit play on 'Identity', look forward to the full launch of Tyranny Of Distance on 13th October the same day as the vinyl reissue of their 2013 second album Blood Becomes Fire (preorders for both HERE), and don't miss Beastwars letting rip live at the following dates...

Tyranny of Distance NZ Album Tour

Friday 13th October - The Musicians Club, Whanganui*
Saturday 14th October - Zeal/The Mayfair, New Plymouth*
Thursday 26th October - Last Place, Hamilton
Friday 27th October - Galatos, Auckland*
Saturday 28th October - San Fran, Wellington*
Friday 3rd November - Loons, Lyttleton
Saturday 4th November - Dive, Dunedin

Tickets on sale HERE via UTR
*Tickets available HERE

'Tyranny Of Distance' is out on Friday 13th October via Destroy Records / Universal — preorders available HERE.


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Beastwars - Tyranny of Distance NZ Album Tour
Thu 26th Oct 8:00pm
Last Place, Hamilton
Beastwars - Tyranny of Distance NZ Album Tour
Fri 3rd Nov 8:00pm
The Loons, Lyttelton
Beastwars - Tyranny of Distance NZ Album Tour
Sat 4th Nov 8:00pm
The Crown Hotel, Dunedin