Gig of the Week: Growing bolderand older…


Rising rock trio Left Or Right don’t know which way to turn.

A howler in the press release for their debut album Nuggety has left the Southland newcomers looking like grizzled veterans.

The promo blurb proudly announces they were “brewed” in Invercargill in 1985.

“It should actually say we were all born, not brewed, there in ’85,” 24-year-old singer/bassist Steve Marshall groans. “That misprint has caused us all sorts of problems.

“It’s been classic, actually. We’ve already had a few newspaper writeups focusing on how we are making our recording debut after being on the go for quarter of a century.

“As a result, people have been turning up to our gigs expecting to see a bunch of old rockers instead of three fresh-faced Southlanders.

“It’s our own fault. We should have got the mistake fixed.”

Now based in Dunedin, the power trio has been on the road since September plugging Nuggety.

They’ll blast out songs from the album when they hit Revolver tomorrow night, along with Queenstown-based support group The Flaming Drivers.

And Marshall says one of the biggest thrills was having the tracks mixed at the world-famous Abbey Road studios in London, where the Beatles recorded many of their classic hits in the 1960s.

“We sent the songs over there to get them finalised and are really pleased with the results,” he says.

“It is some buzz to look at our album sleeve and see that it was mastered at Abbey Road because the Beatles are huge to me.

“But really, just having a product in our hands that we could finally put out has been amazing enough in itself.
“Opening the box when the album came back from Abbey Road was like getting an everlasting Christmas present. It was exciting stuff.”

Left Or Right plan to waste no time in getting down to work on a follow-up.

“Although the album isn’t long out, we’ve been on quite a long tour and we’ve been playing the same set for about 18 months now,” Marshall explains.

“It’s time for a change.

“We haven’t had a chance to sit down and get some new material together so that’s our main priority.

“We’ll have a bit of a rest then we’re going back to Invercargill to get some new songs hammered out as the next time we hit the road we need things to be fresh again.”

Catch Left Or Right and The Flaming Drivers at Revolver tomorrow from 9pm