New Zealand reggae band The Black Seeds.
New Zealand reggae band The Black Seeds.

The Black Seeds on Splendour ground

NEW Zealand’s reggae-soul heavyweights The Black Seeds are looking forward to a break from recording when they travel to Australia this week to play Splendour in the Grass.

The eight-piece have spent the past few months holed up in their Wellington studio working on the follow-up to their 2008 album Solid Ground.

The band will be back in Australia again in early September for the Reggaetown festival in Cairns. Seanna Cronin caught up with keyboardist Nigel Patterson ahead of their trip across the Tasman.

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Have you guys ever played Splendour before?

No, this will be our first time to Splendour in the Grass. We are all pretty excited it is an amazing looking festival.

Will you be hanging out the whole weekend to check out the festival?

No, unfortunately we are only able to be there for the day as we have to head down to Coolangatta for a show on the Saturday night.

And which other bands are you looking forward to seeing?

Well there are so many awesome acts that I would love to see but seeing we are only there for the Friday night then I would love to see DJ Shadow and Kanye West.

And you guys have been in the studio working on your next album right?

Yes we have been working on and off on the new album since last November.

How’s it going, and most importantly, how’s it sounding?

It’s going really well - we have a lot of new material that has come through the workshopping phase and now we are just getting into the refining and overdubbing phase. The sounds that are coming out are very exciting, and we are looking forward to starting playing some of these new flavours live.

You’ve got a few dates in Australiasprinkled in between some shows back home, any plans for a longer Australian tour this year or early next year?

I’m not sure if anything is locked in just yet but we are resting up at the moment concentrating on getting the album finished and once that is completed then next year there will be a massive push and a lot of touring both in NZ and internationally so I’m sure we will have a major Australian tour planned.

What have you got planned for your Splendour set?

We are planning a few sneak previews of tracks from the new album, some re-workings of classic favourites and a few new surprises that we have been working on - so it should be a great set!

Splendour in the Grass plays at Woodford, Queensland, Friday through Sunday. Event-only tickets available through Moshtix. The Black Seeds play the Mix Up tent on Friday at 5.30pm.

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