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Music in a Bottle

Music in a Bottle

You’ve heard of interpretive art, interpretive dance and even interpretive discussion. Now Sonic Delusion and mike’s Brewery are inviting Wellington to taste what just may be the first ever interpretive beer. They’re visiting here from their local Taranaki to bring their newest creations to Wellington – an album and a beer both bearing the name Without Warning.

Andre Manella, Sonic Delusion’s frontman, had finished recording the band’s third album Without Warning, when the idea of a liquid album came to him. “That a good brew goes with a good tune isn’t a surprise to anyone,” says Manella, “but I wanted to know how this album would taste if it was composed as a beer.”

Manella approached Ron Trigg, Director of mike’s Brewery, who was instantly supportive of the concept, and got to work crafting the Without Warning beer. Trigg believes the project is typical of Taranaki’s can-do creative spirit. “There’s a strong music and arts scene here,” he says. “People are busy creating extraordinary things, just getting on with it.”

Manella describes Sonic Delusion’s music as funky electroacoustic folk. “We say it’s too funky for folk – the genre, not the audience,” says Manella. Without Warning has been described in early reviews as “a sensual delight to the ears” and “a brilliantly crisp and international-sounding cornucopia”.

What does it taste like? “Simcoe, Motueka and Sauvin Hops are to your palate what the folk and funk fusion are to your ears,” says Ron. There’s a balanced, light bitterness and a caramel malt backbone to the India Red Ale. “It’s electroacoustic folk reincarnated as intense tropical flavour.”

The beer and album will be launched simultaneously at 8pm on Friday 2nd October at St Peters Hall, Paekakariki. Tickets are $20 and the event is BYO.

They’ll also be in the capital on Saturday 3rd October, 9pm at the Rogue and Vagabond, with support from George Rutherford. Entry is $5.


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