NZ Music Month Launch: Kane Strang
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū
$15 / All ages event
Make sure you start NZ Music Month off the right way. Dunedin's Kane Strang will be bringing the tousled charm of his off-kilter indie-rock songs to the Gallery for the evening. Catch him now before he makes like Marlon Williams and heads overseas.
Support from Violet French, Candice Milner and Jack Montgomery.
The Yealands Wine Bar will be serving up Peter Yealands wines and Three Boys Brewery beer for the evening.
ID must be presented to security to obtain a wristband for purchase of alcohol. Accepted forms of ID are NZ drivers licence, passports or current HANZ 18+ cards.
Kane Strang’s first proper album, the Pitchfork certified Blue Cheese, picks up on the rough disaffection of his earlier demo collection, A Pebble and a Paper Crane, which he recorded in a Second World War bomb shelter in Germany. Back in his hometown of Dunedin, Strang spent two solitary months housesitting for his parents. Re-nested, yet still isolated, Strang composed Blue Cheese over those quiet days. Opening track 'The Web' channels pummeling bass lines punctuated by a twinkling synth that calls upon microscopic pop principalities of restlessness ('Yeah, I met someone else / Without leaving my little house / No, I haven’t held her yet / I met her on the internet'). Its abrupt ending parallels his own disconnect. 'She’s Appealing' weaves dayglo guitar motifs into distant, detached eighties garage-pop vocals. 'Never Kissed a Blonde' is driven by a slapping delay on both vocals and guitar. Strang’s path toward a melody is always surprising, and he never misses a hit-on-the-head-obvious-in-retrospect memorable line.