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Bands offering fans innovative download idea with live show

Oct 24th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News

GIG goers at Mighty Mighty have an innovative way of supporting local music – a free download code with an entry ticket.

HUF and Benny Tipene from Palmerston North are giving away a code each on Thursday night this week.

“When people come to the show they will get a card with download codes on them, one for HUF and the other for Benny,” says HUF member Craig Black.

For $10 people will receive entry to the show, as well as access to the new releases from the musicians.

Folding Fan As Target is the name of the debut EP from HUF, and Benny Tipene’s is self-titled.

HUF has been together for a year playing live electronic dance music.

Black makes up half of the electronic duo, adding extra synth, samples and tweaking the arrangements, along with vocals.

The second half of the live electro group is Hayden Sinclair, pictured above, who writes the music and plays synth.

“Craig and I have known each other a fair few years so we have this great mind meld, it’s great to be in a band and not have to think about what the other person is going to do. It all just happens,” says Sinclair.

He says a whole range of music influences the sound he produces.

“Influence can come from anywhere or anything, ,a little bleep blop you hear on a video game or the sound of my wiper blades in heavy rain.”

Their sound is produced live with no laptops in sight and is all about having fun, Black says.

“Hayden runs the main synth drum machine sequence, dropping parts in and out as he sees fit. Every song is a jam, with a loose arrangement idea,” says Black

Earlier this year they toured New Zealand playing shows in the main centres along with a few smaller towns such as Wanganui and their home town of Palmerston North.

In July 2013 they tour Japan for two weeks, playing in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe.

Mr Black says it will be essentially going for a holiday to a cool place, and being able to play shows while they are there.

HUF’s will be accompanied by acoustic group Benny Tipene, and indie rock band The Nerines, who also hail from the Manuwatu.

Benny Tipene and David Stevens make up the acoustic duo that will also have a digital download code available of their new EP at this show.

Their music is influenced by Damien Rice and other folk artists.

“I write and sing the songs with an acoustic guitar, and David adds flavour to songs with a wide variety of instruments: drums, melodica, xylophone, guitar, backing vocals,” says Tipene.

Listen to HUF and Benny Tipene.

Watch HUF live

Top image: Katie Chur.

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