Kora To Play Light Years Live In Christchurch
It's been four years since Kora launched its self-titled, worlds-colliding debut album, that connected the dots between funk, rock, reggae, metal, hip hop and electronic rhythms. Now this five-strong collective of fearless sonic explorers have discovered a whole new constellation of future-shocked funk, soul and r'n'b - dubbing it 'alien funk.'
To be released on October 26 2012, their anticipated new album Light Years steps into the unknown on a bass odyssey, eschewing 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.
And while this eagerly awaited collection of 11 tracks has been out there exploring unchartered territory - earth bound radio stations have been more than happy to go along for the ride. Album track 'Dreamlife' has been on air in New Zealand for the last six weeks.
Reactions have been stellar. The marriage of live and programmed instrumentation powers the unstoppable groove that continues to drive Kora, providing the sci-fi soundtrack to a collective fascination with video game culture, cosmology and space exploration.
Since the runaway success of Kora's last album, which reached double platinum status in New Zealand, hardcore fans have been regularly flocking to the band's sell out shows - and been hanging out to get a taste of the final frontier. And now their chance to be transported again by this experimental funk collective has finally arrived.
Pre-sales begin on Tuesday 18 September at 9am and ends Wednesday 19 September. Register for Presales at http://www.kora.co.nz
Tickets from 20 Sep at Ticketmaster & Penny Lane Records