exploring Wellington

Newtown Rocksteady

newtown rocksteady-2I was pleased to see that the New Zealand Herald published an article about one of my favourite bands in Wellington this morning. The first time I saw Newtown Rocksteady play was in 2011 while I was on exchange in Wellington, not aware that I would be interviewing some of the band members two years later. Their particular sound of reggae, ska and Jamaican rocksteady inspired me to hit the dance floor right away and while writing my proposal I hoped they would be part of my project at some point. The band began its existence playing gigs at the Newtown Community Centre about seven years ago. In April 2013 they released their second EP ‘Goin’ Steady’ which was recorded live and mixed collaboratively by band members and engineers. The thirteen band members are involved in numerous other groups including The Nudge, Brockaflowersaurus-rex, Fly My Pretties, Bella Cajon, Roseneath Centennial Ragtime Band or Urban Tramper. The eclectic mix provides them with a great depth of experience to call upon which definitely seems to work and makes them to one of the most in-demand live acts in the capital.

Last Saturday’s concert at the San Francisco Bath House was another brilliant gig where I was definitely not the only one hitting the dance floor. Hearing one of their new songs made me happy and excited to hear more new Rocksteady soon. I’m eagerly waiting for it.

Their next gig will be this Saturday at King Street Live in Masterton.

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