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Left Or Right aiming for national domination

By CHRIS CHILTON - The Southland Times
Last updated 05:00 02/10/2009
GIVING THE NOD: Left Or Right guitarist Callum Hampton throws his dreadlocks back during last weekend's album launch show at Saints and Sinners.

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With a new album and a wall of mind-blowing lighting, the exciting Left Or Right are on a Nuggety crusade to change the national musical landscape.

The Invercargill-bred, Dunedin-based three-piece band launched their debut record, Nuggety, in awesome style in the city on Saturday night, and you'll be able to keep track of them as they take their show throughout New Zealand on

With their animated stage energy, close, powerful vocal harmonies, old-school musical values and a truckload of great rootsy songs, Left Or Right have all the incendiary firepower required to burn their silhouettes into the walls of clubs and pubs throughout New Zealand this month.

The lads will be writing a tour blog for The Southland Times as they tour the country, including a filmed-for-TV live show in Auckland next Wednesday.

If Invercargill's album launch show on Saturday is any indication, audiences are going to be impressed.

They hit the stage in top gear, slamming into their hard-rocking song Hitchy like they were Black Sabbath on dub. It raised the bar for a set that included all five tracks off Nuggety plus a swag of other equally affecting originals.

With the long-haired heads of guitarist Callum Hampton and bassist Steve Marshall flailing in time to Metua Marama's muscular drumming, Left Or Right lived each song through every twist, turn and tempo change. The powerful effect of the music was enhanced by a light show that is as good as any serious touring band in the country.

Hampton's brother Logan, who owns and operates the spectacular rig, was as much a part of the music as the three on stage, hitting the dynamic peaks with blinding backlighting that blasted the audience or creating moody ambience with vibrant colour swells and fades.

The sound was full and clean and, despite a couple of issues with crackling speakers somewhere in the band's foldback rig, the lingering post-gig impression was that this is a band fully equipped to hold its own as the headliner on any bill. Time will tell if the rest of New Zealand catches on.


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