The Black Seeds release new single and announce album release tour

The Black Seeds 11/07/2017

New Zealand, get ready.

With their brand new, second single 'Freakin'' released to the world last Friday, today The Black Seeds can officially announce what we've all been waiting for... This September, the almighty 8-piece will be bringing it to a town near you onboard their nationwide New Zealand album tour.

Known for an electrifying live show, and having just returned from a successful tour of Canada & the US, The Black Seeds are set to play 8 dates across both islands in celebration of their new album, Fabric


Tickets on sale now! 

Thursday 21 September - Raglan, The Raglan Club
Tickets from & from venue, 22 Bow St, Raglan

Friday 22 September - Auckland, The Powerstation
Tickets from

Saturday 23 September - Mt. Maunganui, Totara Street
Tickets from & from venue, 11 Totara St, Mt. Maunganui

Wednesday 27 September - Wanaka, Lake Wanaka Centre
Tickets from & from Base 2, 12 Helwick St, Wanaka

Thursday 28 September - Dunedin, Refuel
Tickets from or available from 
OUSA main office on campus & Cosmic Dunedin, 355 George Street, Dunedin

Friday 29 September - Christchurch, The Bedford Bigtop
Tickets from & available from Cosmic stores

Friday 6 October - Wellington, San Fran
Tickets from & available from
Cosmic on Cuba, 97 Cuba St, Wellington

Saturday 7 October - Wellington, San Fran
Tickets from & available from
Cosmic on Cuba, 97 Cuba St, Wellington

* Supports TBA

Debuted on Friday, check out the brand new single 'Freakin', which follows on from the album's nostalgic summery anthem, 'Better Days'. “It's the meaningful, party, pick-me-up track on the album," says The Black Seeds co-frontman, Barnaby Weir of the new track created at Lee Prebble's The Surgery. 

"It's for the end of the week, end of the line, letting loose, shaking it off. It's a good dose of feel-good funk."

Listen to 'Freakin' above, created with the support of NZ On Air.


After a couple of years touring the world and juggling festival slots, The Black Seeds focused their efforts throughout 2016 and 2017 on the recording of their new studio album. The sessions for Fabric took place at acclaimed engineer/producer and long-time Black Seeds collaborator, Lee Prebble's Wellington studio The Surgery. The result is a twelve-track album of bold, groove-heavy tunes.

It wouldn’t be a Black Seeds record without the warm affirmations of Weir and Weetman’s words, which we hear right from top to tail. The uplifting album opener 'Better Days' ensures us that “better days are coming, lonely nights are leaving”, while tracks like 'The Weaver' remind us that love will conquer all pain.

The kinetic energy within the album is physically infectious and makes you want to move. There are times where we dip into a gorgeous nostalgic homage to the late 70s/early 80s rnb-funk era with songs like 'Freakin' or the bass-heavy groove of 'Everybody Knows'. Overall, there is a grand expansiveness that sets over the tracklist, allowing for each song to breathe and exist on its own, but also comfortably within the context of the wider picture. This shows The Black Seeds’ limitless creative energy for what it is - always moving forward and progressing without compromising the soul of who they are, while always remaining conscious of the current world around them.