Following their successful NZ Tour in 2012, Aussie darlings of the folk festival circuit The Spooky Men's Chorale are coming back to bring their genre-bending acapella performances to our shores next month.
The half serious men's choir and half choral pranksters will play Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth and Palmerston North first before heading to Wellington, Motueka and Christchurch. The Spookies will take their captivating combination of Visigothic bravado, absurdist humour, and eye-moistening tenderness to kiwi audiences once again. Each show promises to be a dizzying cornucopia of musical adventures, all in the name of both ennobling and ridiculing the paradoxes of man-ness.
Based on the twin pillars of grand foolishness and the quest for the perfect subwoofer-rattling boofchord (a chord you'll only know once you hear it), the Spooky Men use their voices, a twinkle in the eye, and 15 really good hats to commentate on the absurdity and grandeur of the modern male.
Their catalogue, which began in 2001 with a simple combination of Georgian table songs, immaculate ballads and tawdry anthems like 'Don't Stand Between a Man and His Tool', has since expanded to include sly and witty commentary on their own favourite body parts and a mock Sufi ode to the Bee Gees.
Musical Director, Founder, and Spookermeister-in-Chief, Stephen Taberner, is Christchurch-born and looking forward to bringing the laughter, tears, and merriment to New Zealand again: "We're kind of aiming to be boofy enough to take over a pub, stupid enough for a comedy festival, and reverent and beautiful enough to evoke tears… but I guess the audience has to be the best judge of whether we succeed…"
In their 18th year, and with six studio albums under their belt, the Spookies are a vast, rumbling, steam powered and black clad vocal behemoth. From disco to dervish; from renaissance to rock 'n' roll; from gospel to goodness knows what; the Spooky Men's Chorale will take New Zealand on a song-filled rollercoaster ride of fun for the whole family!
So prepare to meet the Spookies face to face, armed only with their voices, a sly collection of hats and facial hair this March!