Taranaki four piece theSlacks are stoked to be sharing their brand new single 'Big Aroha' with Aotearoa.
'Big Aroha' germinated in Marky Armstrong’s school years after a poignant discussion with his mate Joe at the bus stop outside the Inglewood dairy, about the importance of community and manaakitanga - a conversation that stayed with him over the years and finally coalesced into a song.
Peppered with Te Reo and celebrating strong community ties and deep roots, 'Big Aroha' is a nod to 'Poi E' and a modern Taranaki response to our times.
The accompanying video was shot by the band with the help of Green Cow Productions and editor Dave Lepper. It predominantly takes place in a local Four Square and is a vibrant, upbeat production full of aroha and inclusiveness, perfectly mirroring the sentiments of the song.
In early December, theSlacks are embarking on a North Island tour to promote the 'Big Aroha' single and video release. The mini-tour criss-crosses the island from Auckland to Wellington and Taranaki across to Gizzy - a pagan genuflection of NZ rock.
Bringing a fresh, new batch of songs, theSlacks will also be revisiting their classic album Suppressed Inventions and last year’s album release, Welcome To The Rolling Vibe for a full-bodied show with serious legs.
'Big Aroha' is now available for purchase on Bandcamp, iTunes and all good DSPs. Listen to 'Big Aroha' on Spotify.
theSlacks 'Big Aroha' Tour Dates
Thurs 8th December - The Wine Cellar, Auckland
Fri 9th December - The Mount Mellick, Mount Maunganui
Sat 10th December - Dome Cinema, Gisborne
Wed 14th December - San Fran, Wellington
Fri 16th December - Apiti Tavern, Tararua, Manawatu
Sat 17th December - Butlers Reef Hotel, New Plymouth
Scott Armstrong – vocals/guitar
Mark Armstrong – vocals/guitar
Blake Gibson – vocals/bass
Zane Greig – vocals/drums