Stateside Presents

SIX60

SIX60

ROOTS OF CREATION

Sat, May 20, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Valley Bar

Phoenix, AZ

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

SIX60
SIX60
Somewhere within the confines of Dunedin’s 660 Castle Street, five Otago University students began plotting in the summer of 2008. Marlon Gerbes, Matiu Walters, Eli Paewai, Chris Mac and Ji Fraser picked up instruments, turned on amps, closed the door to keep the noise in, and SIX60 came to life. In the six years since, the band traversed tens of thousands of miles throughout Australasia, Europe and The USA, and transcended the loftiest of expectations placed upon them by their most diehard fans. 
 
6 New Zealand Music Awards, quadruple platinum album sales for their self-titled debut SIX60, sold out nationwide tours, summer festival headline performances, collaborations with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and feverish local and international popularity that few New Zealand bands could ever lay claim to. 
 
Careening between roots, soul, pop and dubstep; combining r & b with drum and bass; the band’s unorthodox marrying and mish-mashery between unlikely genres gained them favour throughout New Zealand in record time. Their popularity exploding from Dunedin outwards into the rest of the country, thanks to an enigmatic live show, infectious radio singles and a progressive onslaught of guerrilla promotion via social media. 
And now, three years and four months on, much to the delight of SIX60 fans spanning both hemispheres, their second album is ready, due for release in February 2015. The first single- named Special - arrives joyous and summery, landing gleefully in the sweet spot between pop, soul and R & B while channeling hints of Pharrell Williams-esque melodies and jinky guitar sound the band are known for.
 
Special – and the rest of the new album - was recorded between the band’s own M Studio and Roundhead Studios in September 2014, engineered by Neil Baldock, mixed by Grammy award winner Tony Maserati in LA, then mastered by Dave Kutch in NYC. When it came time to create this second record, two false starts were made before the third foray into writing and recording produced almost 100 songs, which was then whittled down to the final 16. Their return to New Zealand in September 2014 to finalise recording allowed the band the time at home that they had been badly craving. 
 
‘It’s taken all this time because we have been on the road so much, but it also it took us a long time to discover what kind of band we really wanted to be and in turn, how we wanted to sound,’ says Matiu Walters ‘Collaborating with other writers and producers really helped us expand; we were very lucky to have met Printz Board (American producer/songwriter and Grammy award winner) and also (renowned New Zealand Artist) Micheal Parekowhai who I spent a lot of time with. He really helped conceptualise and simplify things when creating the artwork.’
 
2013 saw the band signing to German label Four Music and a subsequent relocation to the sprawling artistic cornucopia of Berlin for much of the year. Prior to that, the perpetual juggernaut on the road since the release of SIX60 had led them to Glastonbury, a total of 9 performances at SXSW and showcases at renowned international conference festivals The Great Escape (UK) and CMJ (New York); and of course voyages home to New Zealand to sold out shows from Auckland to the deep south of Dunedin where it had all began back in 2008. 
 
If the love that music fans around the planet have for SIX60 is anything to go by the new album they have been waiting for is truly going to be something pretty Special indeed.
ROOTS OF CREATION
ROOTS OF CREATION
Bolstered by a sense of it's own colorful history and urged onward by the promise of a fruitful future, Roots of Creation approaches it's 6th year of full-time touring having evolved into a musical force of nature. With a hard-working ethic and an arsenal of upbeat, substantial songs, Roots of Creation have ascended to the top of their profession by putting their fans first and doing business with focus and respect. Writers, DJs, venue owners, and booking agents alike have joined ROC's steadily growing army of fans in heaping praise upon the New Hampshire quartet, and not just for the music - the band has forged a unique connection with their listeners that provides concert attendees with a highly personal experience. They also walk the walk when it comes to social and environmental activism. Having raised money for many causes.

Southern New Hampshire's, Roots of Creation, and Harmonized Records are proud to announce the release of the eagerly awaited, RoC Live, Vol. #2. Released on October 26th 2010, the album captures the band in their element, the live setting.

The selections featured on this widely anticipated album were chosen from the band's best performances of 2009 and 2010, including songs recorded during their very popular sets at the Wormtown and Nateva Music Festivals, The Paradise Rock Club in Boston and more. Live Vol #2, features the hit single 'Policy' and stylistic covers
of classics by the Talking Heads and Tom Petty. Other highlights include the epic instrumentals 'Mammoth' and 'Dubby Conqueror.'

The album was mixed but longtime engineer, Pete Peloquin (Pixies, Dave Mathews, OAR, Govt Mule, Bad Company) and co-mixed by the groups live sound engineer, Cooper Leafe at studio.metronome in Brookline, NH.

Roots of Creation create their sound from a plethora of styles. Starting with a strong base in reggae and roots- rock, they tastefully add elements of dub, electronica and dance to guitar-heavy progressions. Brett Wilson's (Lead singer and guitarist) introspective and consciousness-laden lyrics round out Roots of Creations intoxicating, genre blending sound. The band is raising the bar at every show with the intent of delivering a true
rock show cleverly disguised as a reggae dance throwdown.

The band is comprised of original members Wilson, keyboard player Tal Pearson, and drummer Mike Chadinha and is currently touring with bassist, Brandon Downs, and second guitarist, Jay McGuinness.

Formed in 2000 while attending Franklin Pierce College, they began touring heavily in 2004 and
have continuously progressed.

Roots of Creation's album Live Vol. #1 was released in 2008, and was followed by two national tours that year and a third in 2009. The band executed extensive regional tours and festival performances through 2010, which totaled over 300 shows. Since the release and positive reviews of Vol. #1, the group has looked forward towards
creating Vol. #2. A writer from the Reggae, Hip-Hop, Rock Source Thepier.org said about the band, "Needs to be heard to be believed. . . It makes me smile inside that this release is labeled Volume #1, hopefully a sign there is many
more to come."

Their live albums attempt to capture what is so intoxicating and unique about a Roots of Creation performance. One writer from New Indie CDs wrote, "This band has perfected a Jam-Reggae sound…rhythmic jams dusted with
an electronica avor and boosted by funk-rock riffs. When just four guys can go to this many funky and interesting places, you want to go with them. This is de nitely a band to catch- as the title suggests- live."
Venue Information:
Valley Bar
130 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85004
http://www.valleybarphx.com/