Ex­pect new sound from band

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

The Fes­ti­val of Colour team are thrilled to be wel­com­ing the re­turn of Lawrence Ara­bia to Wanaka af­ter a sell-out per­for­mance by the four-piece band at this year’s fes­ti­val. The band head­lined the open­ing night in April as part of a su­per group also fea­tur­ing mu­si­cians from the Black Seeds, Trin­ity Roots and Fat Freddy’s Drop. Lead vo­cal­ist Ara­bia, aka Christchurch-born song writer James Milne, said next week’s one-off Wanaka show was part of a na­tion­wide tour and would bring to the town a whole new sonic ex­pe­ri­ence from the fes­ti­val ap­pear­ance. ‘‘Our core sound is more Beatle­sesque and less funk. ‘‘We have the same singers but a dif­fer­ent drum­mer; shorter songs but lots of them. ‘‘It’s a 90-minute-plus show, abun­dant with ban­ter and three­part har­monies, wit, beauty and oc­ca­sional loud noise,’’ he said. The band’s most re­cent al­bum, The Spar­row, was re­leased in July 2012 to crit­i­cal ac­claim in­clud­ing be­ing named the Sun­day Times’ (United King­dom) CD of the Week and iTunes New Zealand Al­bum of the Year.

Back again: Four-piece band Lawrence Ara­bia fronted by James Milne are re­turn­ing to Wanaka af­ter this sold out per­for­mance at the Wanaka Fes­ti­val of Colour.

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