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Gold Medal Famous bring Free Body Culture to QEII Square

Gold Medal Famous bring Free Body Culture to QEII Square, Downtown Auckland


Gold Medal Famous are bringing their utterly unique performance style, plus their new EP ‘Free Body Culture’, to their biggest venue yet – Queen Elizabeth Square, Downtown Auckland. They’re doing a pop-up guerrilla performance this Easter Saturday, April 19th at 12.30pm. Come along and join the Saturday lunchtime crowds for something quite out of the ordinary. The title track of their new EP, Free Body Culture, refers to "Freikörperkultur” (FKK); a German movement which endorses a naturistic approach to sports and community living. There may or may not be nudity involved.

And to celebrate Record Store Day, which is all a-buzz on the 19th, Alien Records (usually based at 9 Veronica St, New Lynn) will also have a presence in the Square.

To get a good sense of what the ‘Free Body Culture’ EP is all about, read the Porky Prime Cuts review here. And to find out more about livewire frontman Chris Wilson, he recently answeredGraham Reid’s Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire – find out who are his earliest musical role models, amongst other things…

Their whirlwind upper-North Island tour includes a headlining performance on Easter Friday, April 18 at UFO, a slot as part of the Borderline Festival at Whammy Bar on Saturday April 19th, and an appearance at Tauranga’s Jizzfest on Sunday April 20th

Gold Medal Famous ‘Free Body Culture’ Easter tour
Friday April 18th – at UFO, 9 Veronica St, New Lynn, Auckland
Saturday April 19th – QEII Square, Downtown Auckland – 12.30pm
Saturday April 18th – Borderline Festival, Whammy Bar, Auckland
Sunday April 19th – Jizzfest, Tauranga

About the ‘Free Body Culture’ EP
“The “Free Body Culture” EP is the latest release on Powertool Records by Wellington based avant-garde pop band Gold Medal Famous. “Free Body Culture” is a world first “eclectotronica” release. Rocking the trash party. The EP is an efficient seven-song release clocking in at 27 minutes 35 seconds, perfect for the busy citizen of today. This EP is suitable for a mature audience who want to party.

Gold Medal Famous are 21st century subversives. In New Zealand much mindless violence is premised with the statement “Are you getting smart?” Well, yes we are and we will not be smashed.Gold Medal Famous is part of a movement that aims to bury the rampant anti-intellectualism associated with right wing politics and the violent sports culture that smothers New Zealand. And so to the songs…

Meat Lovers’ Pizza is a groovy protest pop song, with lyrics appropriated from actual quotes from Prime Minister John Key. Free Body Culture is about "Freikörperkultur” (FKK), which is a German movement whose name translates to Free Body Culture; endorsing a naturistic approach to sports and community living. Out for the night is a song about the excitement of going out. The style is inspired by synth pop innovators of the 1980s like The Human League. All the lyrics are from the - slightly over-optimistic - mind of the narrator. Eurozone - a mathematically engineered instrumental that builds you up and takes you along the autobahn, strikes some trouble and reaches a new consensus. Royal Jelly - a glitchy, twisted yet poppy head trip into the interior of the psyche later in the evening out. What demons play there? How well is your night actually going? Can you crawl out of the gutter and catch the bus? Was that a smile or a sneer? I've got my windows wide open - a true tale of neighbour voyeurism from the perspective of the voyeur. Our friend Jess (who got perved on) contributed Japanese flute and backing vocals. And lastly, You're so outrageous is a dark dance number about the contempt the current National-led administration has for our constitutional processes. The Nats use urgency a lot in parliament to avoid public scrutiny of legislation and think we can be pacified by The Hobbit, rugby and a celebrity Prime Minister. Gold Medal Famous say stand up, fight back and vote this year.

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