Stretch, has an intensity in his performance that burns up on any given night. From dark-hearted ballads to roof raising choruses with a bootstomping backbeat, it’s a New Zealand folk/rock landscape, somewhere between Highway 61 Revisited and State Highway 2.
From a rural upbringing in a town that barely makes it onto the map, Stretch was on a musical path from the beginning. Listening to 45’s on a jukebox at the country pub he was too young to be in, picking up guitar chords from his Irish grandmother, and mastering the Maori strum from his dad
After years of playing in various groups and getting chewed up by big city life, Stretch set off on his own road, with songs from a life-long search to find out where he belongs. The past year has seen four national tours, garnering rave reviews and earning him a place on the country’s best stages. He was also asked to open for American songwriting legend Jeff Tweedy of Wilco at the Powerstation, for his only New Zealand show.
All these roads have led to his debut solo album, Bury All Horses. An intense week of sessions yielded live takes and an intimate yet exhilarating sound. Songs such as the garage-folk-stomp opener ‘Less Rock More Roll’ or ‘6 Tears’ with it’s boozy swagger, alternate the introspective such as ‘Nothing Can Hurt You’, carrying its own dark weight.
Stretch has followed a truly independent path, found inspiration in desperation, and a way forward when there wasn’t one. Captivating performances, a voice that can’t help being soulful, and a passion to connect with every listener, Stretch is making fans the old fashioned way, one true music lover at a time.