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Listen To C.R. Avery’s Soundtrack Album 'The Bar Without A Neon Sign'

Listen To C.R. Avery’s Soundtrack Album 'The Bar Without A Neon Sign'

Samantha Cheong / Thursday 23rd November, 2023 12:49PM

Currently touring across Aotearoa, Canadian poet / musician C.R. Avery’s self-directed film The Bar Without A Neon Sign had its Aotearoa premiere at Tāmaki Makaurau’s The Capitol Cinema two nights ago. The Bar… features Avery as a streetwise vendor who encounters a time machine and meets unusual figures at a crossroads — unleashing a musical and artistic exploration spanning identity and genre. You can watch the trailer below, which surges through the decade to mention the spoken word elements of iconic music videos such as Beyonce’s Lemonade visualiser and Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer emotion picture, until finally, our “antihero poet and musician” emerges from a smoke ring. This nebulous imagery evokes the effortless coolness and elusive mystery in which Avery sweats out.

C.R. Avery’s Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for The Bar Without A Neon Sign is finally officially out on local streaming services via 07:17 Records. Be whisked through time to the responsive harmonica and beatboxing groove of ‘Only Take What You Need’, vulnerable and brassy climb of ‘Farewell to a Poet from My Hometown’ and the climactic blues fusion of ‘Commercial Drive (Bohemian Central Lockdown). Then get raunchy with the explicit ‘Reverse Cowgirl Sunset’. A particularly powerful song for me was the delicate narrative of ‘The Postmodern Draft Dodger’s Anarchist Songbook (Take 2)’. There’s also the immersive spoken word pieces peppered throughout like ‘Robert Redford by Default (Golf Pro Blues)’, and ‘Pretty Simple Funeral Arrangements’. The Bar Without A Neon Sign showcases Avery’s expansive craft and talent that brings together the best of music, beatboxing and poetry.

The artist just ticked off night one of his Aotearoa tour with The Storm Collective — you can still catch the performance mastery of cabaret artist C.R. Avery, playing tonight in Hamilton...

C.R. Avery & The Storm Collective
The Bar Without A Neon Sign Album Release Tour

Thursday 23rd November - Nivara Lounge, Hamilton
Friday 24th November - The Urban Winery, Napier
Saturday 25th November - Common Room, Hastings
Wednesday 29th November - The Wine Cellar, Auckland
Thursday 30th November - Wunderbar, Lyttelton
Saturday 2nd December - Little Andromeda Theatre, Christchurch**

Tickets available HERE via UTR
**Christchurch tickets available HERE

 Watch C.R. Avery’s explosive talent on his latest music video for 'Only Take What You Need'...


Here's the trailer for The Bar Without A Neon Sign...

'The Bar Without A Neon Sign (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)' is out now on major streaming platforms.


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C.R. Avery's The Bar Without A Neon Sign - NZ Album Release Tour 2023
Wed 29th Nov 7:30pm
The Wine Cellar, Auckland
C.R. Avery's The Bar Without A Neon Sign - NZ Album Release Tour 2023
Thu 30th Nov 7:30pm
Wunderbar, Lyttelton
C.R. Avery's The Bar Without A Neon Sign - NZ Album Release Tour 2023
Sat 2nd Dec 5:00pm
Little Andromeda, Christchurch