*Ecstatic Peace Presents*
w/ Lawrence Arabia + DJ’s Pete Fowler & Graham Erickson
@ The Old Blue Last
Tues 11th Nov
Keith Wood, along with constant foil Leon Dufficy, is Hush Arbors, and while his self-titled Ecstatic Peace! debut is not his first album by any means – he’s been at this almost ten years - it does provide the perfect introductory point to Hush Arbor’s distinctive take on psych folk. Combining the pensive songwriting of John Phillips circa Wolfking, the plaintive honesty of Neil Young, and the fishtank-gazing cacophony of Six Organs of Admittance (Wood is a frequent collaborator), Wood writes classic-sounding songs that sound readymade for AM radio, circa 1968.
These songs would play as comfortably over a scene from The Wonder Years as they would piping from a noxious chillout tent at Terrastock. There are songs here that resonate with the minor key melancholy of Bert Jansch or perhaps even Mark Kozelek, while others hint at a Wire subscriber’s Siamese Dream, all propulsive rhythms and lysergic electric guitar.
Some albums are ‘growers’ – not this one. While repeated listens reveal more and more details, as good albums should, this is also an album that commands immediate attention. Try to put it on in a crowded room – just try. You’ll have a ‘High-Fidelity-Beta-Band’ scene on your hands within two minutes.
The great-great-grandson of an illicit liaison between goldmining pioneer Dr M.F. Gresham, and a Maori sufragette fisherwoman, Lawrence Arabia is the New Zealand dream writ large, combining the DIY aesthetic with the numbing indifference of postcolonialism. With his futuristic band NZ2000, who consider themselves to be a mash-up of Glenn Miller and P-Funk, Lawrence Arabia is proud and excited to be bringing his musical experience to the Old Blue Last stage.