Beastwars interpret The Gordons

Thursday 31 August 2023

Wellington heavyweights Beastwars release the aural onslaught, ' Identity’, the second track from their forthcoming album Tyranny of Distance. ‘Identity’ was originally released in 1984 by The Gordons - famous for being the brutally loudest band in NZ at the time.

‘Identity’ follows last month's announcement of Beastwars long-awaited fifth studio album, Tyranny of Distance - out Friday, 13th October, on Destroy Records / Universal. And the release of the first album single ‘Waves’, initially performed by the 90's Flying Nun act Superette.

Of ‘Identity’, James Woods (Bass) says, “I always loved John Halvorsen's (The Gordons) guitar playing, and the mantra of repetition as heaviness in his songwriting.”

Nathan (Nato) Hickey (Drums) adds “We really leaned in to the influence that The Gordons had on early Shihad with our version. In particular, with my drumming, I took inspiration from Churn/Killjoy and we looked for moments of discordance in the original songs guitar tracks to elaborate and build riffs from.”

Tyranny of Distance is a collection of songs sharing the common themes of despair, loneliness and existential frustration, plus a song recounting the story of an illicit drug-fueled party, albeit with a twist. Tyranny of Distance is also a covers album spanning 40 years of New Zealand music. The Gordons, Superette, Snapper, Marlon Williams, Children's Hour, Nadia Reid, Julia Deans and The 3Ds all have their songs contorted and distorted, riffs extracted and mutated. These are powerful songs in their own right, but Tyranny of Distance gives them fiery new life to become something distinctly "Beastwars".

BEASTWARS are taking Tyranny of Distance on the road this October/November with seven dates across Aotearoa. Today, The band announced supports for each city; The 5-piece Polynesian Metal Band from South Auckland, Shepherds Reign, will be performing in Whanganui and New Plymouth. In Hamilton, progressive metal band Tusk will join Beastwars. Pōneke sci-fi psych-rock duo Ripship is on the Auckland and Wellington bills and Dunedin-based "Doom Pop" Night Lunch in Lyttelton and Dunedin.

BEASTWARS Tyranny of Distance Album Release Tour:

Friday 13th October: The Musicians Club, Whanganui
Saturday 14th October: Zeal/The Mayfair, New Plymouth
Thursday 26th October: Last Place, Hamilton
Friday 27th October: Galatos, Auckland
Saturday 28th October: San Fran, Wellington
Friday 3rd November: 12 Bar, Christchurch
Saturday 4th November: Dive, Dunedin

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