Pushing Play: Pretties getting ready to fly again

Barnaby Weir, of Fly My Pretties. Photo by Pat Sheppard.
Barnaby Weir, of Fly My Pretties. Photo by Pat Sheppard.
Wellington supergroup Fly My Pretties returns to Dunedin in the fourth incarnation of the pop-band-cum-travelling-circus.

Barnaby Weir is one of the people driving the events, and says FMP four has been nearly a year in the planning.

"It's been months in the pre-production, with visual artist Flox working behind the scenes."

There are 16 musicians among a crew of 26, and Weir says the first half of the show will be challenging for some as it features all-new material.

"Sometimes there's 16 people on stage, and sometimes only four or five, there are no strict rules, but the song's writer has the creative control and directs the players. It's a very special time, with a good energy on stage."

Weir says putting FMP together is becoming easier, but in some ways more challenging.

"I'm always trying to make it bigger and better than before, which is a challenge, but it's easier as we've already built frameworks for how it all comes together."

Fly My Pretties play at the Regent Theatre, Dunedin, on October 29.

Somethyng else
Dunedin's Manthyng are to celebrate the release of their second album Lovechild with a host of parties around the country.

The road trip begins on Friday at Refuel with Manthyng supported by a host of luminaries, including all-girl band Sky Bus, Auckland disco gangster S.T.U.D., the fabulous Miss Ruby and DJ Aaron Hawkins.

Manthyng features the talents of singer/songwriter Stanley Manthyng and DJ/producer Stevolicious.

Stanley has years of industry experience, having been a finalist in 1990 for NZ's prestigious Silver Scroll songwriting award. He has also written four New Zealand top-10 hits with bands Double J and Twice the T and World Gone Wild.

Manthyng's music is described as alternative electro pop filled with catchy hooks.

Passing through
Mountaineater is to play its last show in Dunedin for 2011 on Thursday when they pop in to Refuel for a show with Christchurch's Anthesiac, who are touring for the release of their EP Null & Void, mixed and mastered in Dunedin by Dale Cotton.

Anthesiac describes their sound as "lush and melodic with powerful riffs and dynamic intensity, ranging from a whisper to a wall of sound."

Jazzing it up
Dutch trumpeter Eric Boeren is soon to be in Dunedin and Oamaru playing with the Melancholy Babes for a night of improvised jazz, as part of a nationwide tour.

Melancholy Babes play on November 3 at The Penguin Club in Oamaru, and at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery on November 4 .

In ruins
Due to a motor cycle accident in Zanzibar earlier this month, Tiny Ruins has cancelled her planned tour, which was to have included Dunedin.

Hollie Fullbrook (aka Tiny Ruins) sustained broken bones and bad bruising. Recuperation is expected to take six to eight weeks, keeping the artist away from the stage until January.

Tiny Ruins has a UK tour planned for February, which will still go ahead.

Fullbrook apologised in a statement to anyone who had bought tickets.


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