One of the pioneers of New Zealand's electronica scene, Pitch Black are celebrating the impending anniversary of their inaugural performance on 7 July at Oslo Hackney in London.
Their sound is distinctive; ranging from organic ambient beginnings and layered soundscapes to skanking keyboards, cutting acid riffs and thumping rhythmic grooves, with dub being the glue that holds it all together. In their own words, they've “got one foot in trance, one foot in drum ‘n’ bass, one foot in ambient, one foot in cinema, one foot in live, one foot in studio”, which, as one critic pointed out, suggests that they might have more feet than most!
If you have never seen them play live, then you're in for a treat as it is their live show that really makes Pitch Black stand out from the rest of the crowd, both sonically and visually. Their tracks take on an added dynamism and their performances reveal the dialectic behind the band - Paddy wants to do it for the crowd, Michael wants to do it to the crowd. Visually they are in another dimension due to Mike's cutting edge visuals, which he manipulates at the same time as mixing the sound.
Advance tickets are £8 +b/f from alt-tickets
Doors open from: 7.30pm, age 18 and over.
Venue website: oslohackney.com/
Facebook event: facebook.com/events/1585744825083438/