Coming off the back of a successful US tour and a host of shows at SXSW New Zealand artist Kane Strang is announcing his first set of European shows. A
Coming off the back of a successful US tour and a host of shows at SXSW New Zealand artist Kane Strang is announcing his first set of European shows. A winning blend of careful precision and mercurial abandon, Kane Strang’s songs are constantly surprising. Hints of 60s pop (NB: Zombies, Stooges) and 90s alt-rock (Interpol, Elliott Smith) shine through; but there’s a contemporary crunch, sheen and bald lyrical tone to Strang’s sound that places him firmly in the here and now.
“Strang has a gift for pulling diamonds from the rough”, said Pitchfork of debut LP Blue Cheese (which drew comparisons to David Bowie and Ariel Pink); “[his] songs have a way of making modest acts seem heroic.” Songs from Blue Cheese received heavy play on BBC 6 Music especially from DJs Marc Riley and Tom Ravenscroft. Strang’s proclivity for writing smart, anthemic guitar pop caught the attention of Dead Oceans, who have signed him for release of his second album in 2017, featuring the aforementioned single and recent outing “Oh So You Are Off I See”.
Kane Strang’s amassed band of mates bring this exacting material alive with arresting impact, charming crowds worldwide with his sideways slant of guitar pop. Keep watch for this young talent as he and band take to the road for their very first tour of Europe, in anticipation of a new album coming later this year.
8.30pm – Delaney Davidson
9.30pm – Kane Strang
(Wednesday) 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm