Band puts down roots
Margaret River roots-based rockers Blackwood Morris will take over The River Hotel on November 17.
The Saturday night headline gig will see the band air tracks from their recent album Scary Fish from 8.30pm, with tickets on sale now. Frontman Fred Reidy told the
Times the live show would be the first with the band’s full line-up.
“Let’s call Blackwood’s music a fusion of New Zealand reggae and roots with grunge and soul of the late 90s,” he said.
“We can hear Scott Weilan and the Stone Temple Pilots and the Chili Peppers too.
“There is a raw sound in most of the Scary Fish album, but it also has a pop-like catchiness which sticks in your head.”
The recent album release and music video went “under the radar”, with the band proclaiming themselves “social media rookies”.
Reidy said the band were mostly focused on creating new music rather than self-promotion.
He said feedback so far from punters was that Blackwood Morris had “a nice familiarity from the first listen” which connected with fans easily.
Work on a new EP is already under way, with Reidy promising to take the fledgling band’s sound further.
“We are super-stoked for this next release of music,” he said.
“It’s a little less ‘tortured’ than Scary Fish. We are off and running now with groove ever so present, like a journey on a train around a mountainside, meeting the wind and the rain and all its colours, earthly sounds holding both light and dark, builds and strong instrumentals which are gaining a killer response whenever we play.”
Check out Blackwood Morris on Soundcloud or search Blackwoodmorrisband on Facebook for their debut video.
Blackwood Morris hit The River on November 17.