Triple whammy from Fat Freddy’s Drop! The acclaimed band is dropping WAIRUNGA a bush alchemy album and concert film like no other with an Aotearoa New Zealand tour to celebrate the surprise release.
WAIRUNGA finds the Freddy juggernaut digging deep to debut five songs and revisit two classics captured in an outdoor performance sans audience with wild weather elements playing an important creative role.
Freddy’s tour across the country will be in September taking them to iconic venues starting with a return to Christchurch Town Hall, and ending at The Factory. Both shows feature special guests Harper Finn and Deva Mahal respectively, while their final show features Rubi Du as an additional guest.
The Freddy’s bassist, Tony Chang says that since they won’t be touring internationally any time soon, the band will use this opportunity to write and record new music. With so much fresh material ready for road testing, all they needed was a place where they could perform AND record. That perfect space turned out to be Wairunga high above Waimarama Beach.”
Fat Freddy’s Drop has a special place in their heart for Wairunga, as it is the location where they have come to party and even get married. The Parker family farm this area for over one hundred years; Fat Freddy’s uses the land to record music videos during tours between other countries.
The band recorded “Wairunga Blues” with an ocean backdrop behind them on a grass tennis court surrounded by forest scenery at night time.
Freddy’s new album Bush Telegraph features tracks that range from reggae to psychedelic blues. Freddy is influenced by African techno he experienced in South Africa on tour and his latest release will be a treat for all the music lovers out there!
Freddy’s back catalogue contains two classics: “Bones” and “Wairunga Blues.” Freddy says that Bones, off the Blackbird album, has aged beautifully like a fine wine. Each of its component parts have been matured together in perfect harmony and balance. DJ Fitchie rates this 2021 vintage superior to the 2013 original version. Wairunga Blues is another work-in-progress song since it was released on Bays in 2015 by Kuki who dials up some appropriately off kilter keys next to Mr Fletcher’s bass line with horns playing alongside him for his mighty comeback as tributes go towards this magical place called “the farm at Waiurungha”.
Freddy’s upcoming album will be available on 20th August digitally and with vinyl to follow. Freddy worked closely with his sound engineer, Richard McMenamin from Western Audio Studios, as well as MU who handled beat production at Bays Studio in Berlin alongside Calyx Mastering for the final touches of mastering.
Transmit, another collaborator of Freddy’s, captured the music in a session for an accompanying concert film that will be broadcast as free appointment streams on July 31st and August 1st. The WAIRUNGA project builds upon the success of Freddy’s LOCK-IN album and corresponding film recorded last year at Michael Fowler Centre sans audience which connected his legion of fans worldwide.