The Chills Live (Somewhere Beautiful)
Album Released: 14 Oct 2013
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The first release to cement the partnership between Fire Records and New Zealand sonic luminaries The Chills is collaboration with acclaimed contemporary artist Shane Cotton.
"Somewhere Beautiful" is a triple LP set of live recordings featuring lavish packaging and a print of Cotton's artwork.
All songs on the three LPs were performed by The Chills and recorded at a private party on New Year's Eve 2011, in Central Otago, New Zealand. Each portfolio contains a unique art print inscribed with lyrics by Martin Phillipps of The Chills. Music and art are brought together in this contemporary object, where text intertwines with image in order to generate the sensational and the unexpected.
The collaboration between The Chills and Shane Cotton came about via Conceptio Art and David Telpitzky, who brought the two artists together. Shane painted the diptych "Rolling Moon" as a response to the live performance featured on this record.
As The Chills embark on their first European tour since 1996, they have also released a brand new 7" single featuring "Molten Gold" (which was revealed last year as the first new material from The Chills in over a decade) as well as an up-to-date reworking of one of their most beloved songs "Pink Frost".
Martin Phillipps will be joined by the most recent incarnation of The Chills which features James Dickson (Bass/Backing Vocals), Todd Knudson (Drums/Backing Vocals), Erica Scally (Violin/Backing Vocals) and Oli Wilson (Keyboards/Backing Vocals).
The Chills are a band from Dunedin, New Zealand fronted by the rare talent of Martin Phillipps. Originally formed in 1980, The Chills had a revolving cast of band members with Phillipps remaining the only constant. His knack for writing fantastic pop songs led to chart hits back home and a cult following around the world..
The Chills UK Tour 2014
23 July: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
24 July: The Dome Tufnell Park, London, UK
25 July: Indietracks, Derby, UK
26 July: Handelsbeurs Concertzaal, Ghent, Belgium
28 July: Lido, Berlin, Germany
29 July: Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
31 July: Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland
01 Aug: Electric Circus, Edinburgh, UK
02 Aug: Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow Commonwealth Games, UK
One of the most significant painters to have emerged from the South Pacific in recent decades, Shane Cotton brandishes an artistic vocabulary that is firmly entrenched in the bicultural landscape of his home country of New Zealand. Throughout his practice, he has heavily referenced indigenous Maori iconography as well as imported European imagery, philosophies, and ideals.
Through his deft draftsmanship and impeccable painting skills, Cotton has created his own enduring mythology. His paintings seek to unsettle preexisting codes and question historical, spiritual, and cultural pasts. They evoke the epic, propose new perspectives upon grand narratives, and persuade their viewers to search out the multiple meanings an image may possess.
A leading contemporary artist of the region, Cotton has exhibited prolifically across Australia and New Zealand.
Joining Martin Phillipps for the latest phenomenal live incarnation of The Chills are:
Erica Stichbury on keyboards, electric violin, rhythm guitar and backing vocals, Oli Wilson on keyboards and backing vocals, James Dickson on bass and backing vocals and Todd Knudson on Drums. They all feature on the recording of "Somewhere Beautiful", as Martin explains:
"The third ever five-piece Chills (out of some twenty Chills line-ups) kicked into action over five years ago - and wonderful things began to happen! Soon we were asked to play at a private gig near Queenstown in New Zealand's South Island for a combined birthday party and New Year's Eve gig at the end of 2011. Of course equipment failed, all the things that should go wrong did their best to do so - but yet! we caught on tape (in the modern digital sense that is) a wonderful night, with many happy people enjoying The Chills in a raw but warm, relaxed and rewarding situation. The recording has been tidied up as little as possible - but as much as was necessary, and here it is!"