On Friday February 8 the Waitati Hall will ring with the sound of music from Bond Street Bridge and Luckless $10.
Auckland Alt-folk outfit Bond Street Bridge will present tales of courage, endurance and Edwardian pluck in their multimedia song cycle 'The Explorer's Club: Antarctica'.
Inspired by the incredible stories of Captain Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton, songwriter Sam Prebble has produced a series of stirring vignettes drawn from the diaries and letters of these stalwart adventurers. Tales of shipwrecks, frostbite, and stiff-upper-lip survival in the snow are presented in a combination of spoken-word storytelling and original folk songs, along with projected illustrations by Auckland artist Emily Cater and heritage photographs from the expeditions themselves. Performances range from ethereal to foot stomping; arrangements run the gamut from delicate vocal harmonies to dramatic percussive explosions.
Joining them is Indie-rock act Luckless, with songwriter Ivy Rossiter leaving her band behind to perform solitary and stripped back. Armed only with stomp boxes, loop pedals and a vintage guitar., Luckless swells with distortion and shimmers with light, aching and revealing all at once. Rossiter alternates between blasting out driving rhythms and playing with the lightest, sweetest touch while wrangling riffs and singing over layers of loops and reverb. Influenced by PJ Harvey and Cat Power she is the New Zealand equivalent.
Brendon Turner, bass player for Bond Street Bridge and blues songwriter in his own right, will also join the line-up to support at the Waitati Hall.
Bond Street Bridge presents a show that will take listeners on a journey from heartbreak to ice-melt, from triumph to defeat. Audiences can expect to be transported back to a time when the ice was unforgiving and the pole was untouched.