Home­town gig be­fore tour

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In­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed New Zealand rock­ers Devil­skin have been in­vited to sup­port US rock­ers Halestorm on an 18-city tour through Europe.

Devil­skin has toured the con­ti­nent three times be­fore and the op­por­tu­nity to sup­port the Grammy Award win­ning Halestorm in Oc­to­ber will in­crease their in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure.

“Halestorm are huge in Europe so it was an of­fer we couldn’t re­sist,” the Hamil­ton-based band’s bassist Paul Martin said.

The two bands orig­i­nally con­nected in 2016 when Devil­skin got the US group to join their sum­mer tour of New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

“I guess they had such a good time they want to hang with us again so they’ve in­vited us to open for them.”

He is look­ing for­ward to see­ing Halestorm again and spoke of the bond the bands de­vel­oped.

“That’s the cool thing about rock’n’roll — you meet like­minded souls, you form re­la­tion­ships and you get to travel and hang out with folks. It’s awe­some.”

Devil­skin has an in­tense three months ahead.

Af­ter the Euro­pean dates they will play an ex­tra 12 shows across the United King­dom but first they have eight dates set for New Zealand au­di­ences, which started last week­end in Dunedin.

Paul’s son and drum­mer Nic Martin, 22, an­nounced that Devil­skin is re­leas­ing a new song and mu­sic video in a few weeks but Kiwi con­cert go­ers will not have to wait that long.

“If you come out to the first few shows then you’ll be first to catch that song.

“We’re play­ing a lot of new ma­te­rial on this tour just to give it a test run, and see how the re­ac­tions shape the way the songs are per­formed,” Nic said.

Nic said a Devil­skin party is a high en­ergy, dy­namic cel­e­bra­tion with ev­ery­one in the room.

“We’ve got some ex­tra lit­tle pro­duc­tion toys that we’re road test­ing,” Paul said. “It’s just giv­ing the au­di­ence more of an ex­pe­ri­ence, to make it more of an epic show.”

They prom­ise a great light show and big screen pro­jec­tions.

“It’s go­ing to look amaz­ing and we’ve got some re­ally cool Kiwi bands open­ing up for us too on this tour,” Paul said. “We’ve def­i­nitely missed our crazy Devil army while we’ve been locked away writ­ing. Now it’s time to get out on tour and rip it up!”

■ Devil­skin will play at Al­ti­tude on Septem­ber 13. They are sup­ported sup­ported through­out New Zealand (ex­cept Christchurch) by ris­ing stars Writ­ten by Wolves. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit: www.devil­skin.co.nz

Photo / Sup­plied

Devil­skin will rock the world, but first they want to party with their Kiwi fans. (From left) Nail (gui­tar), Jen­nie Sku­lan­der (vo­cals), Nic Martin (drums) and amp, Paul Martin (bass).

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