Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


White Swan Black Swan Duo and the Spoils Duo Tour

WHITE SWAN BLACK SWAN duo and THE SPOILS duo New Zealand Tour

WHITE SWAN BLACK SWAN have just released their EP “Castle of Useless Junk” and decided to invite their Melbourne friends the Spoils along to see some New Zealand countryside...and a few cozy, ramshackle cafes, bars, barns and lodges along the way...they already did it once with David Kilgour...they had so much fun they are doing it again.

The “Castle of Useless Junk” EP was recorded at the home of Sonya Waters and Ben Howe, tucked away from the city on a small hill beside a volcano, among overgrown gardens and rooms filled with collectables and old Super 8 movie projectors, flickering lamps and faded paintings of imagined places.

The EP was mixed and given a nice understated touch at the Beech House in Nashville USA by none other than the legendary Mark Nevers, producer and engineer (and occasional band member) for artists such as Lambchop, Calexico, Andrew Bird, Will Oldham and of course our own David Kilgour.

Nick Bollinger writes in the NZ Listener on Castle of Useless Junk.
“The tone is not so much country as western. The disc was mixed in Nashville by Mark Nevers whose spacious, reverberant treatment of the twangy guitars, sparse piano and an occasional violin evoke wide desert landscapes, while the songs locate that desert somewhere in suburban New Zealand. The five songs on this debut EP whet the appetite for a full album”

THE SPOILS debut, "Hurtsville" was released to critical acclaim selling well overseas as well as in their home country of Australia. What followed were countless tours of Australia with the likes of Bonnie Prince Billy, Cat Power, The Flying Burrito Bros and Richard Buckner among others, a shelved recording of Brian Wilson inspired surf songs, a chapter dedicated to them in a book and the loss of two core members. In 2005 the Spoils released their second album, "Goodnight Victoria". Since then they have continued to tour Australia and Europe. This is their second visit to New Zealand.

“The delivery has all the hallmarks of a group of musicians perfectly in sync.” The Sunday Age ****
“Brilliant” No Depression – Leading US Alt Country Magazine ****

White Swan Black Swan duo & The Spoils duo
...bring you piano, violins, acoustic and electric guitars and a Castle of Useless Junk
Thurs 24th April – Wunderbar - Lyttelton,
Friday 25th April - The Masonic - Port Chalmers
Sat 26th April - Cinema Paradiso - Wanaka
Sun 27th April - Crooked Mile - Hokitika
Tues 29th April - Takaka Cinema - Takaka
Wed 30th April - Le Cafe - Picton
Thurs 1st May - Mighty Mighty - Wellington
Fri 2nd May - La Commune - Hamilton
Sat 3rd May - Wine Cellar - Auckland


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Westpac Exiting Cake Tin: Stadium Announces Naming Rights Agreement With Sky

Wellington Regional Stadium Trust (WRST) and Sky Network Television Ltd (Sky) have announced a new partnership that will see Sky secure the naming rights of the Stadium from 1 January 2020. More>>


ASB Classic: Serena Williams Confirmed For 2020

One of the biggest names in sport has confirmed she will be returning to the ASB Classic in 2020. Twenty-three time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams will return to Auckland’s ASB Tennis Arena to challenge for the ASB Classic title. More>>

Netball: Taurua To Coach Silver Ferns Through Two More Campaigns

Netball New Zealand has confirmed Taurua will guide the Silver Ferns as they take on the Australian Diamonds in October’s Cadbury Netball Series (Constellation Cup), along with the Northern Quad Series in late January. More>>


Bigger But Less Novel Than The Parrot: Giant Fossil Penguin Find

The discovery of Crossvallia waiparensis, a monster penguin from the Paleocene Epoch (between 66 and 56 million years ago), adds to the list of gigantic, but extinct, New Zealand fauna. These include the world’s largest parrot, a giant eagle, giant burrowing bat, the moa and other giant penguins. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland