Nukes and a blast from the past

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

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.

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