Saturday September 2nd

Aaron Carpenter & The Revelators delve into their new-found swamp sound with their grinding and gritty debut album, ‘Pretty Lies’. Recorded in a barn on Waiheke Island with producer Nick Abbot (The Subways, Robert Plant, The Datsuns), the tracks conjure up a raw rock incarnation of their deep-seated country and blues sound.

From fleeting romance kept secret and the effect of decisions made in the heat of the moment, Pretty Lies is an album that explores the frustrations of love’s fragility.

Aaron Carpenter has a strong history in country and blues music since sneaking into famed Ponsonby venue The Glue Pot and nestling himself on stage with local blues legends like Midge Marsden.

It wasn’t until he returned to New Zealand after traveling the world as a vagabond musician that Aaron began exploring his love of music and creating his own material for the first time, leading to the formation of his band The Revelators, made up of drinking buddies and fellow Waiheke Musicians, Derek Solomon, Lee Catlin, Nikki Ngatai and Miles Gillet .

Since their formation, Aaron Carpenter & The Revelators have become an integral part of New Zealand’s steadily growing Americana scene and has seen the band perform at Spark Arena’s Southern Fork Americana Festival alongside names such as Robert Ellis, Hayes Carll and Blind Boy Paxton. Their album will be released on North Western Records and they kick off their mini NZ Tour Aug 4th with an album release at The Tuning Fork before heading to Christchurch and Wellington. Supporting them on the Auckland date will be Sandy Mill Music and her all star band including Ben King, Dianne Swann, Milan Borich and Jeremy Toi. Harry Lyon (Hello Sailor) will support them in Christchurch and Wellington band Bleakwater at Meow Sep 2nd.

The Revelators promise a show that is equal parts The Bad Seeds, Tom Waits and The Cruel Sea as it is the country/rock sound Aaron is well known for.

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