Gig of the week: 8 Foot Sativa


Black Friday might just be the perfect day to catch Kiwi metal gurus 8 Foot Sativa – they’ve spent much of their career under a dark cloud.

The fiery five-piece play Revolver tomorrow night with fellow Auckland band In Dread Response and Christchurch hardcore act The Red Corner.

The show marks the release of 8 Foot’s Sleepwalkers single, their first output since 2007’s trouble-plagued thrash album Poison of Ages.

Singer Ben Read says finance and promotion problems that delayed Poison of Ages for the best part of two years weren’t the band’s only hassles.

The stress led founding member/manager Brent Fox to quit the lineup – just one of many defections in the group’s 11-year history – and shortly afterwards guitarist Gary Smith developed a debilitating wrist injury.

“We seem to be a band with a huge black cloud above us,” says Read.

“We had a full New Zealand tour booked and Gary ended up not being able to play.

“Having to play without him was really tough for all of us – without the only remaining founding member.”

But with Smith’s condition improving, 8 Foot Sativa is now “chugging along at full speed”, says Read.

Plans are afoot to record the band’s fifth album later this year – its release will spark a full New Zealand and Australia tour.

“Everyone in the band now has the same vision, and the stuff we’ve been writing recently is definitely the best
8 Foot material to date.

“For me as a vocalist, I can’t really go onstage and scream my lungs out unless something makes me angry, and there are an awful lot of different things in the world that I see as being wrong and unjust – that’s what I’ll be writing about on the new album.”

Read promises a “super-intense” Queenstown show, with 8 Foot covering a selection of material from their back-catalogue, and “band-to-watch” In Dread Response promoting their debut album From The Oceanic Graves.

“I can definitely guarantee a killer night out,” Read says.

Catch 8 Foot Sativa, In Dread Response and The Red Corner at Revolver tomorrow from 8pm