Marlon Williams 'My Boy' Tour
Saturday 28 January 2023
Starts at 08:00pm
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