Marlon Williams 'My Boy' Tour

Date:

Saturday 28 January 2023

Venue:

Regent Theatre

Time:

Starts at 08:00pm

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Info:

Lyttelton superstar Marlon Williams thrills fans this chilly morning with the announcement of a four date tour of Aotearoa happening in January, celebrating the release of his third solo album My Boy — launching this coming Friday. Like some kind of golden-voiced songwriting Santa, that's not the only gift Williams bestows upon us today, as he's also unveiled new single and self-directed video combo 'Don't Go Back' for your immediate listening / viewing pleasure, made with support from NZ On Air.

Riding a supple disco-pop groove, Williams returns to decadent territory explored on 'Party Boy' from his previous 2018 album Make Way For Love, making stylish shapes and seeking to tempt a young man with the rhythm of the night in the song's accompanying clip. Recorded in his southern hometown "in a house surrounded by the native ruru," the reportedly very loud call of the ruru (which call may portend good or evil) encouraged Williams to find "a synth analogue to mirror their hoot" and croon in te reo "Tērā te tangi a te ruru” ("That’s the cry of the owl”) — which also partially explains the animalistic velour onesie he wears in the video.

Performing for the first time in the resplendent surrounds of Auckland's Civic Theatre and Wellington's The Michael Fowler Centre, the 2022 Silver Scroll finalist will make his triumphant return to Christchurch Town Hall and Dunedin's Regent Theatre in Dunedin this summer. Performing with bandmates The Yarra Benders for all four headline dates, scope out the details below and hit play on 'Don't Go Back'...

“There are a lot of New Romantic influences in ‘Don’t Go Back... I love the songwriting and over-the-topness of bands like Duran Duran. I was too young to have a sense of it the first time around, but at least to the modern ear there’s a silliness to the pathos in that music that definitely had an influence on the tone of the record.” — Marlon Williams