Wellington trio gives Lyall Bay surf club a break

Wellington trio gives Lyall Bay surf club a break

Wellington trio The Nudge will be bringing their fresh from of innovative blues to San Fran this Friday night. Pictured L-R: Ryan Prebble, principle songwriter, guitarist and singer, James Coyle, piano bass and organ and Iraia Whakamoe, drums. MARK RUSSELL.

Wellington trio The Nudge brought a fresh wave of innovative blues to Wellington recently  and it’s all for a good cause.

The dynamic trio gifted the Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club 40 tickets to help raise funds for its new clubhouse.

Piano bass player and organist James Coyle says the group had been talking about how their music and sound seemed to match surfers and surf culture.

The Nudge will next play as the opening on Australian band Midnight Oil’s tour of New Zealand. SUPPLIED

 “We wanted to do more in that space, and my partner suggested we team up with a local surf club.

“When I looked into the idea I noticed that Lyall Bay surf club were building on the waterfront, and that we could actually just gift them some tickets to this show to sell.”

Those tickets have the potential to raise $800 for the Wellington institution.

The group are known for what has been described as “psychedelic swampy blues with an element of party”.

“Our sound is warm vintage electric tones that only really hit blue notes, presented to the audience in an absolute party mode of thunderous drums, swirling guitar and keyboard savagery.”

Their new release Dark Arts is a three song album which allowed the trio to branch out from live performance and into the studio, Coyle says.

“It has been amazingly transformative to now play Dark Arts in the live setting, and has definitely pushed the boat out sonically and the experience for the audience, who have been very appreciative so far on the tour.”

Coyle says Wellington always feels like the place where they want to present something new and interesting.

“The crowd is always attentive, interested and engaged, and likewise is totally ready to party into the wee smalls and have a great night.”

The trio first got together over the summer of 2010, when singer Ryan Prebble got in touch with drummer Iraia Whakamoe and Coyle separately.

Next up, The Nudge are playing in support of Midnight Oil in Auckland and Christchurch arenas.

“These shows will be amazing and we are just amping to play this material all the way to those rafters.”

 – as published on Stuff

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