Black Seeds guitarist Mike Fabulous has his eye on some real goodies at Auckland’s famous music store Bungalow Bill’s when Porky catches up with him.
“I have a great passion for obscure vintage guitars and there’s many to choose from here. Alas, it’s pretty much window shopping; it’s not as if I can afford to buy any of them. It’s still fun though,”
Surprisingly, Fabulous tells me, it’s only now that the Seeds, who’ve been around for about 12 years, have got a decent recording studio and rehearsal space here in the country’s greatest city, a move that came about through the finest forms of communication still available to man – word of mouth.
Previously the Seeds have been recording at The Surgery, which is also in Mt Cook. “That’s great to record in but outwith that we haven’t had a decent space where we can all meet, thrash some ideas around and then play them. It’s changed our world really and gives us way more options,” he says.
The benefits of this is that they have a space to practice ahead of the Double Scoop Summer Tour, a national jaunt that takes in all sports of obscure and groovy venues. None of the dates are in Wellington, sadly, but the Seeds are regular performers on Cuba and Courtenay.
That will be followed by a tour of Australia, a plan to lay down some tracks in the studio for about three months then take the groovy, reggaefied Seeds sound to Europe and the United States. And sometime thisyear there’ll be a new album, the follow up to 2008’s fantastic Solid Ground.
In the meantime, you can blow your mind by listening to two recently-released albums, the remix-heavy Specials and Live Vol. 1, much of which was recorded in Wellington as well as remote musical outposts like Paris and London. And Fabulous’ solo album Melodies, released under the Lord Echo moniker and fuses Afro-disco, soul, reggae and Ethio-Jazz is out now.
Specials includes remixes made up by internet boffins who tweaked tracks posted by the band on the web. See www.theblackseeds.com for more details.