Band puts down roots

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Time Out -

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.

Pic­ture: Lau­ren Trick­ett

Black­wood Mor­ris hit The River on Novem­ber 17.

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