Giants come back home

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

Fresh off of tours with Slash and Shi­had, Lon­don-based rock­ers I Am Gi­ant are back home on Auck­land soil to head­line to­mor­row’s free Mu­sic in Parks gig at the Three Kings Re­serve.

The band was formed in 2009 by Auck­lan­ders Paul Matthews and Shel­ton Wool­right and its mem­bers can look back on a suc­cess­ful year af­ter com­plet­ing ex­ten­sive tours of New Zealand, Aus­tralia, Europe and Asia pro­mot­ing their de­but al­bum The Hor­ri­fy­ing Truth.

But sup­port­ing former Guns N’ Roses gui­tarist Slash and his band The Con­spir­a­tors as part of the Aus­tralian leg of their world tour was the real high­light, Mr Matthews says.

‘‘Tour­ing with such a mas­sive icon – it was pretty epic.

‘‘We got to hang out with him to a cer­tain level and chat with him and he com­pli­mented the band and at­tempted to play one of our songs on gui­tar and that was pretty cool.’’

Although based in Lon­don and fronted by Bri­tish singer Ed Martin, I Am Gi­ant is still con­sid­ered to be a home­grown band and they are look­ing for­ward to step­ping back on an Auck­land stage.

‘‘There’s al­ways a lot of fa­mil­iar faces in the crowd and that’s really great. It’s al­ways really sup­port­ive be­cause we’re the home­town boys,’’ Mr Matthews says.

The four-piece will be sup­ported by Kiwi bands Fire at Will, Ekko Park and 71 Sun­set.

‘‘It’s awe­some to have other lo­cal bands that are like we were when we were start­ing out open­ing for us,’’ Mr Matthews says.

The Mu­sic in Parks au­di­ence will be the first to hear the band’s new track per­formed live in New Zealand.

While in Auck­land they will con­tinue writ­ing ma­te­rial for their sec­ond al­bum.

As the band head back to the north­ern hemi­sphere in March to con­cen­trate on tour­ing and record­ing in Europe, drum­mer Shel­ton Wool­right says this could be one of their last New Zealand gigs for a fair while.

‘‘We’re not sure when we’ll be back so it’s a good time to come out and see us.’’

The boys have no plans to take a break from their full-on sched­ule any time soon.

‘‘In fact we’re go­ing to speed up ac­tu­ally,’’ front­man Ed Martin says.

Photo: JESS LEE

Home grown: I AmGiant, from left: Ed Martin, Paul Matthews and Shel­ton Wool­right, are coming home to Auck­land to per­form a free gig at Mu­sic in Parks.

Go to cen­tral­leader.co.nz to watch a video of the band per­form­ing live in Lon­don.

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