Nukes and a blast from the past
The last time David Thiele from New Zealand ukulele trio The Nukes - stayed in Tokoroa, his recently turned 19-year-old daughter was conceived.
Thiele is a banjolele player and vocalist in the three-part Auckland-based band, which also features David Parker (Rhythm Cage, The Parker Project) and Ben Collier (Goldenhorse).
He said returning to play at the Tokoroa Little Theatre on March 1 at 7.30pm was ‘‘purely a coincidence in timing’’.
That being said he’s still promised plenty of action and intimacy with the band’s mix of reggae, bluegrass, and folk music.
‘‘The audience can expect us at our best which is hopefully totally jaw-smacking. I like to see the whites of the audiences eyes,’’ he said.
‘‘We are deliberately pushing the innocent wee ukulele into realms it has never been before. It’s great fun.’’
Thiele said the band, which has just released its third album, The Nukes111, ‘‘staunchly’’ only plays its own material.
‘‘With the magical musical number three we get to play with exciting vocal harmonies and arrange our instruments to best express the songs. Some amusing, some deeper and darker, some just plain brilliant and they are
‘‘We are deliberately pushing the innocent wee ukulele into realms it has never been before.’’ David Thiele
mainly my songs,’’ he laughed.
He said the band was feeling excited to share its new album.
‘‘It’s really exciting and showcases where we’re at. All three band members are incorrigible songwriters and this is really obvious in this album. All different, but all The Nukes,’’ he said.
Thiele, also known as ‘‘snapper’’, said the Tokoroa gig was part of the Arts On Tour which also brought acclaimed violinist Fiona Pears to Putaruru last week.
‘‘Small town New Zealand is what we most enjoy. We put on a show, so love intimate venues, especially theatres,’’ he said.
He said he was looking forward to creating some new Tokoroa memories.
‘‘We’re living the dream but please don’t tell anyone, they might take the van off us for getting paid to have fun,’’ he said.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from Tokoroa Clothing in Leith Pl. Family violence There were 21 family violence incidents for the week which resulted in six arrests. The majority of these were for assaults and property damage. Burglaries We had three burglaries. Two of these involved people who are known to the victims.
There are two message here. The first message is to make sure properties are secured properly as these people have both entered houses through unlocked doors and the second message is to take care when allowing people into your house and who you are associating with as some people are just not worth the hassle.
*Senior Sergeant Jason Henderson.
New Zealand ukulele trio The Nukes play at the Tokoroa Little Theatre on March 1.