Hometown gig before tour
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
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).