Former Flying Nun Records outsider psych-pop legends The Puddle are undertaking their first NZ tour since the early 1990s in July.
The Puddle celebrate 25 years of continual existence this year. Formed in Dunedin by George D. Henderson in 1984, The Puddle released an EP (Pop Lib), a live album (Live at the Teddy Bear Club), a studio album (Into the Moon) and a 7″ single (Thursday) on Flying Nun between 1986 and 1993…. all long since deleted and rarer than radium now.
An album recorded in 1993 and thought by George to be so good it would release itself (Songs for Emily Valentine) yielded the bNet hit “Southern Man” appearing on the 1993 bFM “Louder” compilation and a 7” single “Power of Love” on French label Acetone, before the album was eventually released on Powertool Records in 2005.
But this tour isn’t a nostalgia trip. The Puddle have recently released two new critically-acclaimed underground albums – “No Love – No Hate” (2006) and “The Shakespeare Monkey” (2009) – on Dunedin label Fishrider Records. Their irregular live performances over the past decade have focused on current and future material rather than playing the greatest hits they never had. That said, there will always be a selection of songs from their bewildered past.
Fri 3 July – Circadian Rhythm, Dunedin (with The Dark Beaks, from 9:30 pm)
Sun 5 July – Chicks Hotel, Port Chalmers (with The Dark Beaks, early gig 8 – 11)
Thu 9 July – Wunderbar, Lyttelton (with Green Eyed Owl, from 9 pm)
Fri 10 July – Frank’s Cafe, Greymouth (with Rex Bourke & the Aways, from 9 pm)
Fri 17 July – Aunt Daisy’s Boathouse, Titahi Bay (with Marineville) Cancelled (venue has closed down)
Sat 18 July – Happy, Wellington (with Marineville)
Thu 23 July – Bacco (at Totos), Auckland (with Ben+Bruno, Dear Time’s Waste and Shaft, from 7:30 pm – pre-sales $15 here)
Fri 24 July – Ward Lane, Hamilton (with The Hollow Grinders)
Sat 25 July – Dogs Bollix, Auckland (with The Hollow Grinders)
Pre-sales of tickets can be obtained here – worthwhile as some venues are small.
PS: Keep an eye/ ear out for extra shows, in-stores, free shows, live-to-airs and all the fun of the fair that could happen while The Puddle are on the road.