Rhythmonyx’s Vinyl gig

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Festival favourites Rhythmonyx are expecting to sweat this weekend.

The Invercargill eight-piece – combining Kiwi grooves with Pasifika beats, ska, hip-hop, electronica and reggae – has been a big presence on the Kiwi music scene for seven years.

This Saturday they bring their wall of sound indoors and underground – with a gig at Vinyl Underground.

“We’ve played there before when it was Subculture – it was very loud, very busy and very hot,” soundman/DJ/drum machine maestro Tom Smythe says.

“We dragged a whole lot of our own gear and combined it with theirs to form a large dub-style sound system.

“We’re more used to playing outdoor festivals now but we started off playing nightclubs.”

Smythe’s moved from the sound desk to the stage in the past year, providing beats and elements of electronica which flow together with rapping and vocals of Jono Leask, the deep-down grooves and beats of rhythm sectio

Richard Hogan and Rhys White, brass harmonies and stabs of Rumi Koda, Hemi Pickett and Doug Heath, and guitar riffs of John Pfeifer.

“It’s a big group and certainly a challenge organising ourselves. Fortunately we have our wonderful manager Rosi; our Irish pit bull,” Smythe says.

“Space is usually a problem though – but we always get around it, putting the drummer up on a stand or something. We actually practise in an old meat freezer.”

Smythe says a new album should be completed by the end of the year before a New Year showcase at Brisbane’s The Tivoli.

But the Vinyl gig’s up first.

“We’ve a broad range of stuff and will try to play a couple more of the more intimate numbers as it’s indoors, but will generally keep with our sound – sort of high-energy ska, funk and reggae stuff.

“We’ve got Selective Soundsystem supporting us, a local trio. So expect to be worn out by the end of the night.”

Catch Rhythmonyx supported by Selective Soundsystem at Vinyl Underground, Church Street, Saturday, 10pm-2am, $5 pre-sales, $10 on the door.