Australian band brings 70s-inspired magic to Southland stage

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SUNSHINE Coast-based groove-rock band Hobo Magic will play at the Southland Musicians Club in Invercargill on Friday.

The gig is part of the band’s New Zealand tour in support of its new album, The World Today.

Lead singer and guitarist Connor Mitchell said as a 70s-inspired three-piece band, Hobo Magic fused psychedelic rock with a love of all things groovy and heavy.

“Our influences are deeply routed in 70s hard rock, psychedelic rock and prog rock. That’s where myself and Greasy [bassist Jake “Greasy” Bennett] got the passion for hard-hitting tunes, but also we all grew up on some metal and other heavier music. We all dig a wide range of music, though, and love to dig into some jazz and funk sounds to get the grooves happening.”

The groove-rock genre was similar to stoner rock, characterised by longer, more atmospheric pieces, but the band had been saddled with a lot of different genre tags and had just rolled with what people thought fitting, Mitchell said.

The band has been playing Australian clubs since the release of its self-titled debut EP in 2015.

 

The new album has been described as a turning point for the band.

Mitchell said of the album release and tour: “It’s been a few years in the making and we’re stoked with how this new album has turned out. We’ve stepped up the production and the songs really explore our sound and influences.”

Invercargill Musicians Club committee member Jordan Crossill said it was “massive” to have an international act of this calibre go out of its way to visit Invercargill and a big thing for the Musicians Club to host it.

Hobo Magic would be accompanied by Auckland three-piece band Bloodnut, who played music of a similar style, Mr Crossill said.

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