After several years of laying low, The Black Seeds have returned with a double dose of good news – the announcement of a nationwide tour of New Zealand, and the showcasing of their brand-new album, Fabric.
No one quite knows New Zealand-made reggae quite like The Black Seeds (with the exception of Fat Freddy’s Drop and Katchafire, of course), who have been a staple part of growing up in this glorious country. Perhaps it was the way they managed to capture the way that summer feels, and perhaps the comfort of their return lies in the natural nostalgia that accompanies New Zealand music.
Their return comes at a welcome time, as there has been an absence of home-grown music veterans in the last few years, and the apparent decline of reggae in the music scene is in desperate need of a boost. As we know, music ties us together in a way that nothing else can – so the sudden, explosive return of The Black Seeds is uplifting, to say the least.
Working with our pals over at The Label, these reggae prodigies have evidently settled back into the New Zealand music industry with ease, releasing the confidently upbeat and groovy jam, Freakin’, only a few days ago.
Known for their vivacious and electric live performances, the band are sure to be welcomed back into the music scene with open arms (appropriately timed for the season change). Following the release of Fabric on September 8th, The Black Seeds will be kicking off their expansive tour in Raglan, on the 21st of September, before making their way up to Auckland on the 22nd.
Even though we are plagued by terrible weather and an even worse social climate, we can rely on the eternally sunny world created by The Black Seeds, and bask in the return of something that reminds us of the essence of home – which, in a time where small comforts are more important than ever, is definitely cause for celebration.