Fat Freddy’s Drop take their new studio album ‘Special Edition Part 1’ for a spin, the 2LP black and limited coloured vinyl edition is produced with four sides and promises to deliver super fat loud audio. The deluxe gatefold gem is produced with a different track order across four sides, with ‘Raleigh Twenty’ and ‘Six-Eight Instrumental’ given their own sides on 45rpm. ‘Special Edition Part 1’ now available worldwide as 2LP black vinyl, limited edition coloured vinyl or this 2LP deluxe gatefold gem.
To celebrate the vinyl release, the band unveiled the video for ‘Raleigh Twenty’. Inspired by the classic Raleigh 20 bike, popular in New Zealand in the 70’s & early 80’s, the music video idea came about over a breakfast of muesli, orange juice and a stack of pancakes between Freddy’s vocalist Dallas Tamaira aka Joe Dukie and video director Mark Williams. Peter Gallagher, the bike mechanic in the video, is a genuine veteran of the NZ BMX scene who runs Rad Garage in Auckland. The lead biker is Tumohio Newman who discovers the Raleigh 20 and takes it to Pete to rebuild the classic bike and make it roadworthy again. The ride transports us to NYC and the awesome 537 Ryderz from the Lower Eastside of Manhattan.
The album cover artwork is by Wellington artist Otis Chamberlain, a continuing evolution from his creation for its first single ‘Trickle Down’, a work that’s morphed from digital cover art to the band’s massive summer tour backdrop and the recently released late-night buttery steppers ‘Kamo Kamo’.
Part 1 of a double album, ‘Special Edition Part 1’, comprises of six tracks of which ‘Raleigh Twenty’, ‘Trickle Down’ and ‘Six-Eight Instrumental’ were written and recorded undercover at the band’s Wellington studio, BAYS, while the other tracks; ‘Special Edition, ‘Kamo Kamo’, and ‘OneFourteen’, have all been developed and evolved from the band’s celebrated live jam sessions, whilst on the road in front of audiences worldwide.
Supremely crafted at Freddy’s own BAYS studio in hometown Wellington, the deep musical and rich vocal layers reflect Freddy’s inspiration from the black music lexicon and is a response to the crowd energy at their world-dominating live shows.
The new album follows on from 2015’s ‘BAYS’ LP, which saw support from Financial Times, Resident Advisor, Dummy, the DJ Magand Clash-acclaimed ‘Blackbird,’ second album ‘Dr Boondigga and the Big BW’ – which gained rave reviews by The Guardian and BBC Music – and the band’s record-breaking debut album ‘Based on a True Story’, which went nine times platinum and remained in New Zealand’s top 40 charts for over two years after its release in 2005.
Fat Freddy’s Drop have been performing and recording together for more than 15 years, establishing themselves as one of New Zealand’s most internationally successful acts. Considered one of the best live experiences in the world, they will embark on their biggest European and UK tour since they sold out a double hitter at London’s 02 Academy Brixton in 2018. Including an already sold-out show in Dublin, the band will headline Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on 29th April 2020, Liverpool’s Invisible Wind Factory on 30th April, returning back to London’s Alexandra Palace on 1st May – the palace was the scene of two triumphant sold-out headline concerts in 2014 and 2017 – before heading north to Glasgow’s Barrowland on 3rd May.
Fat Freddy’s Drop UK tour will take in five dates, starting at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on 29th April 2020, touching London’s Alexandra Palace on 1st May – to buy tickets please visit – www.alttickets.com/fat-freddys-drop-tickets