From Melbourne, Australia Mike Noga tours New Zealand this October on the back of dark, psychedelic concept album King – out August 26th through Cooking Vinyl.
Friday 14th October - Caroline, Wellington
Saturday 15th October - Tauranga Historic Village Chapel, 7 pm, Tauranga
Mike Noga was in New Zealand earlier this year in support of Low and previously supported Band of Horses in New Zealand in 2012.
Mike Noga is the former drummer for one of Australia's most critically acclaimed band The Drones. He's fronted numerous outfits of his own and he has released two much lauded solo albums, critics declared his last album 2012’s The Balladeer Hunter “an Australian classic” and Noga "one of Australia's most talented new singer-songwriters a new Paul Kelly or Tim Rogers”. Noga has just returned from a huge tour of the UK and Europe opening for Minesotta's legendary art-rockers, 'Low' and has now returned to Australia to focus on his brand new album King – out August 26 via Cooking Vinyl Australia.
King is a dark, psychedelic concept album, loosely based on George Büchner's famous 1830's play, Woyzeck'. Featuring Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones, Almost Famous) as "The Narrator" and produced by Something For Kate's Paul Dempsey, King tells the tale of one mans descent into madness and the bloodshed that follows.
In 2014 Mike Noga found himself living in London. After being asked by immersive theatre company ‘Punchdrunk’ to pen music in response to their latest production ‘The Drowned Man’ (itself loosely based on Woyzeck), Noga was inspired to continue the story he started that day. He spent the next year in North London working on what would eventually become King.
Returning to Melbourne in 2015 and joining forces with Paul Dempsey, the two set about realising Mike's vision for an ambitious rock and roll album, with strong narrative and immersive elements. Enlisting the help of legendary Australian actor Noah Taylor in the role of narrator, the result is a unique concept album, told through the eyes of Jack and Mary, a down-and-out couple living in small town 1950's Australia.
A vast departure in sound and style from Noga's previous solo albums, King commands attention- from the opening notes to the final death throes. An opportunity not to be missed live.