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Great North Announce 'Halves' Album Release Tour

Great North Announce 'Halves' Album Release Tour

Friday 11th May, 2012 9:43AM

Auckland alt-country outfit Great North have announced the release of sophomore album Halves with a nationwide tour next month. Following up their 2010 debut Newfoundland which gathered them a dedicated following, here is the first single 'Lead Me To The Light'  from Halves and below that you'll find their upcoming tour dates...

Great North 'Halves' Album Release Tour

Sat 26th May, Grey Lyn Library Hall, Auckland
Thurs 21st June, Wunderbar, Lyttelton
Fri 22nd June, Darkroom, Christchurch
Sat 23rd June, Taste Merchants, Dunedin
Thurs 28th June, Yot Club, Raglan
Fri 29th June, Meow, Wellington
Sat 30th June, Wine Cellar, Auckland

Press Release:

Much has happened in the 18 months since the release of Great North’s debut album Newfoundland. One guitarist joined a modestly successful pop band, their drummer cut his head open on a piece of coral in Hawaii. Frontman and songwriter Hayden Donnell trumped them both by marrying his partner and bassist Rachel Donnell.

This has resulted in an unconventional collection of love songs, as Auckland’s coyest alt. country charmers dispense with the familiar tales of infatuation and heartbreak. Great North turns instead to contemplate a less turbulent, more meaningful kind of relationship on their sophomore album Halves. It is a collection of songs about the hours spent with those who are counting on our promises.

Those stories are set to music that owes as much to the soundscapes of experimental indie rock as it does to Okkervil River, Gillian Welch, Justin Townes Earle, Bruce Springsteen and other stalwarts of the Americana genre. This is both the most traditional, and most alternative, collection of recordings the band has produced to date.

The Donnells are joined by Dale Campbell on piano and vocals and electric guitarist Strahan Cole. Olly Scott-Dye provided the drumming, before leaving to pursue romance and conveyor belt construction in the tropics. Long-serving producer Dave Parker (of Oratia-based Little Monster Studio) once again filled the gaps with everything from marching drums to digital soundscapes.

Halves is a carefully considered leap from the band’s celebrated debut. It channels a depth that has come with maturity, and the mix of confidence and self-examination that comes from making big promises.

The first single ‘Lead Me to the Light’ is now available for free download at:

A special making of video is also available to be viewed here:

Great North will release their sophomore album Halves at Grey Lynn Library Hall on May 26, with support from Tono and the Finance Company. This will be followed by a nationwide tour in June.

Tour dates:

South Island
June 21: Wunderbar, Lyttelton
June 22: Darkroom, Christchurch
June 23: Taste Merchants, Dunedin

North Island
June 28 Yot Club, Raglan
June 29: Meow, Wellington
June 30: Wine Cellar, Auckland


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