Black Seeds shake off jet lag


Globe-trotting Kiwi chart-toppers The Black Seeds will unwind from their latest international tour by going straight back out on the road. 

The reggae/roots stars will have hardly shaken off the jet lag from recent dates in the United States, Canada and Europe when they hit Queenstown’s Memorial Hall tomorrow on a whistle-stop South Island jaunt. 

“We seem to be spending more and more time overseas so we thought it was time to keep up appearances back home,” singer/percussionist Daniel Weetman says. 

New Zealand roots music is going down a storm in the States and The Black Seeds have now started crossing paths with other top Kiwi groups while touring there, Weetman says. 

“We recently did a gig with Katchafire in Boulder, Colorado, and it was great to meet up with them on the other side of the world,” he explains. 

“NZ music seems to be travelling well these days and the likes of ourselves, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Katchafire are really starting to get noticed in North America, which is encouraging. 

“We just did our first concerts in places like Canada and also Portugal and even though our music was pretty new to people, we got a great reaction. 

“Maybe the sense of isolation we have in our songs is helping because we sound that bit different from traditional reggae bands. 

“But it’s great that people on the other side of the planet are getting what we do and we really appreciate all the support we are getting over there.” 

The Memorial Hall gig will be the first time The Black Seeds have been back in the resort since they played a killer, sold-out show at the same venue last October with top US reggae outfit John Brown’s Body. 

Weetman says the band will blast out tracks from their four hit NZ albums and work up a few new jams. 

“It’s about time we got a new album underway but we don’t like to record anything until we’ve got a feel for the tracks, worked them out on stage and made them entirely our own.” 

Catch The Black Seeds at the Memorial Hall tomorrow from 8.30pm