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Fat Freddy’s Drop: Bays - New album, summer tour


New album released 23rd October 2015
+ Announce full run of NZ summer tour dates.

Fat Freddy’s Drop announce their fourth studio album ‘BAYS’ is to be released October 23rd 2015. The band also rollout their full run of New Zealand summer tour dates.

Following the worldwide success of ‘Blackbird’ in 2013, the New Zealand based seven-piece are back with ‘BAYS’, a 9-track LP recorded at the band’s BAYS Studio in Kilbirnie, Wellington a former 1950s HMV vinyl pressing plant.

The predominantly studio written album draws on the lexicon of genres that have come to epitomize the bands’ sound. Opening with the slow burn funk of ‘Wairunga Blues’ the album journeys through a hybrid of reggae, jazz with techno rhythms underpinning Freddy’s signature horns and Joe Dukie’s soulful and introspective vocal, arriving finally on the crooked blues jam of ‘Novak’.

The album exudes the confidence of a band truly comfortable in their skin.

“It’s been a more creative process writing this album in the studio rather than recording songs which have been well road-tested”, Freddy’s vocalist Joe Dukie said.

Internationally, Fat Freddy’s Drop reputation continues to soar. Blackbird has sold over 200,000 album copies worldwide with the UK, US and Germany becoming the bands strongest markets. This success is reflected by recent live highlights including sold out gigs at London’s 10,000 capacity Alexandra Palace and 3x Sydney Opera House shows.

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The worldwide BAYS album tour will kick off at the sold out Auckland Town Hall show on October 24th before the band head off to Europe for November shows but are definitely back home for NZ summer to spread the Bays word. Full tour dates and tracklisting follow.

‘….. years of traipsing local and international gig circuits have cemented Fat Freddy’s repertoire as a must-see live gig……. Fat Freddy’s Drop are the epitome of old school cool and continue to embody their eclectic flavour of music, lyrics and beats’ The Guardian (UK)

‘….a show that’s both polished and unpredictable in equal measure..... truth is they really are a band to experience firsthand, that no collection of words or recordings will ever quite be able to capture’ Resident Advisor

‘…. Few bands have created a sound so uniquely theirs whilst keeping it so open for manoeuvre’ - BBC

Fat Freddy’s Drop NZ SUMMER 15/16:



PRESALE TICKETS ON SALE Thursday 10 September Midday - Friday 11 September Midday

TICKETS ON SALE Wednesday 16 September Midday

Sunday, 27 December 15 Mangawhai Mangawhai Tavern
Tuesday, 29 December 15 Mt Maunganui Brewers Field
Wednesday, 30 December 15 Coroglen Coroglen Tavern
Thursday, 31 December 15 Whangamata Big Top
Saturday, 2 January 16 Waipara Waipara Hills Winery
Saturday, 23 January 16 Havelock North Black Barn Vineyards
Sunday, 24 January 16 Martinborough Luna Estate Winery
Saturday, 30 January 16 Matakana Ascension Wine Estate
Sunday, 31 January 16 Waiheke Cable Bay Vineyards - SOLD OUT
Monday, 1 February 16 Waiheke Cable Bay Vineyards
Friday, 5 February 16 Upper Moutere Neudorf Winery
Sunday, 7 February 16 Central Otago Peregrine Winery

Fat Freddy’s Drop – BAYS

Worldwide Album Release Friday 23 October 2015

Pre-order today from iTunes HERE

or from your favourite record store

Formats: 2 LP Heavyweight Vinyl, CD and Download

CD / Vinyl Track Listing:
01 / A1 Wairunga Blues
02 / A2 Slings & Arrows
03 / A3 10 Feet Tall
04 / B1 Wheels
05 / B2 Razor
06 / C1 Makkan
07 / C2 Fish In The Sea
08 / D1 Cortina Motors
09 / D2 Novak


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