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The Black Watch (US) play Dunedin

The Black Watch - Touring NZ this Dec!

The Eskimo Record Label is pleased to announce that Los Angeles
dreampop band - The Black Watch ( -- who
have put out 14 CDs in the US and UK -- have confirmed dates for their
maiden tour of New Zealand with Powertool Records own Surf Friends
( this December.

As Andy Gill of Gang of Four fame remarked in The Independent UK:
'The Black Watch' have, in singer/songwriter John Andrew Fredrick, an
artist capable of both My Bloody Valentine miasma and Nick Drake
quietness. Fredrick, who holds a Ph.D. in English Literature, melds
literary allusions to Shakespeare, Dylan, Shelley and Lewis Carroll
with his own curiously personal poetic diction; his songs are as
catchy and erudite as they are acerbic and, at times, whimsical. It's
a great shame that this long-running indie-pop band has to rely on a
tiny label out of Dorset to get its wonderfully psychedelic melodies

Recent addition on second guitar and transcendental backing vocals
Steven Schayer toured the with The Chills (yes, that The Chills) after
the release of Soft Bomb.

Live, the band have been described in The Big Takeover as "like The
Cure or mid-period Beatles joining forces with Crazy Horse or The
Velvet Underground--a not-to-be-missed experience." Icing the Snow
Queen, the band's latest CD/LP garnered loads of support from flagship
NPR station KCRW, and TBW have just returned from the CMJ Music

Surf Friends' ambitious first EP on Powertool puts one in mind of, but
in no way apes, their heroes The Clean: lovely lilting melodies,
quite catchy hooks and a great young energetic vibe on stage.

The Black Watch, supported by Auckland's Surf Friends, are coming to a
town near you!

Dec 17 2009 8:00P Chick's Hotel Dunedin
with Martin Phillips of The Chills

Dec 18 2009 8:00P Wundabar Christchurch
with Green Eyed Owl, feat. William Daymond

Dec 19 2009 8:00P Frank's Greymouth

Dec 20 2009 8:00P The Garden Club Wellington
with Vorn

Dec 21 2009 8:00P Yot Club Raglan
with Matthew Bannister of the Sneaky Feelings new band The Charming Same

Dec 22 2009 8:00P The King's Arms Auckland

Dec 23 2009 8:00P The Live Bar Auckland

[The Chills Website]

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