Black Seeds come home

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

Af­ter 15 years in the busi­ness, The Black Seeds have grown up in ev­ery sense.

This year, Ger­man Rolling Stone de­scribed the sev­en­piece act as ‘‘the best best reg­gae band in the world at the mo­ment’’.

Front man Barn­aby Weir said The Black Seeds were en­joy­ing ‘‘ niche suc­cess’’, and at­trib­uted their grow­ing cred­i­bil­ity in that part of the world to reg­u­lar tours, at least ev­ery sec­ond year, and record re­leases.

‘‘They like that slight vari­a­tion of reg­gae and dub mu­sic, soul and kind of a fu­sion of funk and soul,’’ Weir said.

‘‘I couldn’t ex­plain why, but we’re dif­fer­ent enough to be ex­otic in some way and they just get it.’’

With grow­ing crowds, the Black Seeds had be­come ac­cepted among the pro­fes­sional bands, he said.

That meant get­ting to play on the main stage at big fes­ti­vals with high pro­duc­tion stan­dards.

‘‘We’d like to spend more time there, but it’s not al­ways do-able.’’

They are also grow­ing up in a fam­ily sense. ‘‘We’re mid-30s,’’ he said. ‘‘ It has al­ways been a fam­ily-style band any­way, but the kids are grow­ing up now and need con­stant at­ten­tion, and you can’t just be tour­ing around the world.

‘‘Well, some bands can, but we keep it re­al­is­tic for our­selves.’’

Al­though Weir is not one of the fa­thers in the band, he has other pres­sures on his time, with in­volve­ment in Fly My Pret­ties and other projects.

How­ever, The Black Seeds as a tour­ing and record­ing band re­mains his pri­or­ity.

‘‘ Man­ag­ing the time be­tween the bands is quite easy re­ally.

‘‘When I know I’ve got a quiet pe­riod with the Seeds, I can plan in some­thing with Fly My Pret­ties or with some­thing else.’’

Am­s­ter­dam is Weir’s favourite over­seas lo­ca­tion.

‘‘ We’ve got a re­ally good base of Dutch fans who come, and we play a few gigs ev­ery time we go, so that’s one of my favourite places.’’

In New Zealand, the Wellington Town Hall is his favourite in­door venue.

‘‘And I love the gigs at Wellington Botan­i­cal Gar­den in the sum­mer­time. ‘‘That’s a beau­ti­ful venue.’’ The band mem­bers were ex­cited to be play­ing in their home town af­ter a long time away, Weir said.

‘‘We’re look­ing for­ward to play­ing there, and we’re re­ally stoked. Can’t wait to play there.’’

The Black Seeds will play at the James Cabaret on Novem­ber 15, 8pm.

They will be sup­ported by DJs Flash Harry, Lord Echo, Ham­mond­head and Black But­ter & friends.

Kapi-Mana News

Back in town: Barn­aby Weir is look­ing for­ward to The Black Seeds’ show at the James Cabaret.

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