Salmonella Sound System has 20 years of pioneering tunes to
play when it holds its Same Home Town vinyl launch party in
Queenstown on Sunday.
Salmonella Sound System - the leaner, more flexible and dance
floor-ready touring version of the full 10-strong New Zealand
band Salmonella Dub - features co-founder Andrew Penman
mixing on stage accompanied by a three-part horn section,
percussion and a master of ceremonies on the microphone.
The band released new single Same Home Town on 12-inch
vinyl and digitally on Friday, ahead of its eighth studio
album next year, Penman said.
''We started 20 years ago with community hall shows around
the South Island and have fond memories of many small hall
and club shows in Queenstown,'' he said from his home Nelson.
''The last time was in the memorial hall and usually an
after-party in Subculture, so it's been quite a few years.''
The band was approached by Base Backpackers, which wanted an
act for Labour Weekend. The dates fitted with the group's
touring schedule ''and being the staunch Mainlanders that we
are, any opportunity to play around the South Island is
jumped on'', Penman said.
Penman describes their sound as ''an eclectic mix of dance
music, from downbeat dub to drum'n'bass with
four-on-the-floor steppy, housey kind of club mixes in
between - and I've seen descriptions of us as a kind of
Pacific medley of styles''.
''This line-up enables us to represent our full catalogue
much more dance-orientated than perhaps the live band.''
• Salmonella Sound System and the Queenstown Times
have two pairs of tickets to give away to the gig at Base
Backpackers on October 27.
To enter the draw, email your name and daytime contact
number, with Salmonella Dub in the subject heading, to
noon on Friday. The winner will be notified.