SOCCERPRACTISE UNLEASH DEBUT SELF-TITLED ALBUM
Just in time for some summer uneasy listening comes the debut self-titled album from SoccerPractise – out today!
Coinciding with the release of the album is their latest single, Big Bad Wolf, with an accompanying video shot by Sam Tozer at Lot23. Harnessing all the raw energy of confident band hitting their stride, SoccerPractise are up-and-comers nearing the top of their game, and firmly sending the message that they’re here to stay.
The eight-track effort brings together both their radio hits and staples of their live set, showcasing the compelling dynamics and tensions of SoccerPractise’s sound. Recorded in bedrooms in tried and true Aotearoa fashion, before being mastered in the U.S. by Sarah Register (Protomartyr, EMA, U.S Girls), the album moves with an urgency that borders on hypnotic.
Known for creating eerie song-scapes that combine off-kilter production with vocals in both English and Te Reo Māori, the first full-length release for the Auckland four-piece has an immersive, cinematic quality to it – “made more for walking around at night with headphones on than it is for the dancefloor,” in the words of band member Thom Burton.
SoccerPractise are rapidly gaining national and international attention for their dynamic live show, noted for the unique bilingual vocals from Geneva Alexander-Marsters, with raw electronic MPC samples and live synth from Thom ‘Moppy’ Burton, psychedelic guitar lines from guitarist Leo Horgan, and bizarre visuals mixed live onstage by light master Kim Newall. Fixtures on alternative radio fixtures, the band have topped charts, shared stages with the likes of Underworld and Aldous Harding, and captivated audiences with their live show playing at New Zealand’s most significant festivals including Splore, and at the prestigious APRA Silver Scrolls.
Winners of the bFM dirtbag radio awards ‘Best Electronic Act’ of 2016, their four singles which feature on the album have all hit #1 on alternative radio around Aotearoa – including ‘Haere Mai E Tama’ which was 2016’s most played and requested song on Dunedin’s Radio One, and debut single ‘Windfall’ which has over 130,000 streams on Spotify to date after being highlighted on their ‘Fresh Picks’ playlist.
Not content to rest on their laurels, SoccerPractise have begun recording material at Roundhead Studios in Auckland for their next release, and will have an announcement of live dates throughout summer coming soon.
SOCCERPRACTISE – DEBUT SELF-TITLED ALBUM
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