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Five-piece New Zealand band Kora are making their return four years after releasing their self-titled debut album, which went double platinum in their homeland. Connecting the dots between funk, rock, reggae, metal, hip hop and electronic rhythms, the band has dubbed their sound ‘alien funk’.
Now they are making their triumphant return with new album Light Years out on October 26. To coincide with the release they will be heading to Australia for three dates in late November.
As shown on lead single Dreamlife the album eschews guitars in favour of a high-tech arsenal of synthesisers, live and sampled drums plus the otherworldly four-part harmonies of the brothers Laughton, Francis, Stuart and Brad Kora and brother-in-arms Dan McGruer.
“There were no rules we needed to follow to make this album,” Dan McGruer says. “We just went about capturing our personalities and all our different influences from electronic dance music to electro-funk to classic ’80s pop songwriting and filtering them into a sound that’s undeniably Kora. That’s just the sort of band we are, taking things into out of space and onto the next level.”
Thursday 22nd November – The Arena – Brisbane
Friday 23rd November – The Metro Theatre – Sydney
Saturday 24th November – The HiFi – Melbourne
Tickets on sale 9am Tuesday 25th September