Alien Weaponry Perform Live At Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards

Alien Weaponry performed their track “Kai Tangata” live during this year’s Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards at the Spark Arena in Auckland, NZ. You can see footage of that below. It’s also worth noting that the band won the “Best Rock Group” award as well.

[via The PRP]

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Alien Weaponry Added To Ministry’s Fall Tour With Carpenter Brut

Igorrr have dropped off Ministry’s fall tour with Carpenter Brut. With them gone, Alien Weaponry have been recruited to take their place. This will be the teenage “Maori thrash” band’s first North American tour.

Tour Dates:

11/21 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
11/23 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
11/24 Denver, CO – Fillmore
11/27 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
11/29 Joliet, IL – The Forge
11/30 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
12/01 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater
12/02 Toronto, ON – Rebel
12/04 Rochester, NY – Anthology
12/05 Washington, DC – Fillmore
12/06 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
12/07 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
12/08 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
12/10 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
12/11 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theater
12/12 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
12/13 Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston
12/14 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
12/16 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
12/18 San Diego, CA – House of Blues San Diego
12/20 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda
12/21 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda

Alien Weaponry Premiere “Whispers” Video

Alien Weaponry have premiered a new video for their song “Whispers.“ This track is from the band’s debut album “Tū.”

Singer/guitarist Lewis de Jong commented:

“These are just a couple of examples of the government not respecting the voices of the people, especially Māori. Even though historic wrongs have supposedly been righted with compensation, when the same thing keeps happening it’s hard to believe there has really been a change.”

The press release also added:

“The spoken excerpt at the beginning of the song is part of a radio interview by well-known Radio New Zealand journalist Kim Hill with Don Brash, a former leader of two right wing political parties, and current spokesperson for a lobby group set up to advocate removal of so-called “special privileges” for Māori.”

Drummer Henry de Jong continued:

“It’s kind of scary how many people share his views. They don’t seem to understand that the current policies are there to help redress the imbalance that was caused after over a hundred years of colonization. During that time, millions of acres of Māori land were stolen, they were excluded from voting and children were punished for speaking Māoriin schools, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. That sort of thing can’t be fixed with compensation alone – it takes time and goodwill from both sides.”

Alien Weaponry Premiere “Kai Tangata” Video

Teenage “Maori thrash” band Alien Weaponry have premiered a new video for their new song “Kai Tangata.“ This track is from their debut album “Tū,” which will be released on June 1, via Napalm Records. The song’s title translates to ‘eat people’ as a reference to the ancient Maori tradition of eating the flesh of enemies after a battle as a way to insult them. A press release also says that the 7-minute track “recreates the memory of the early 19th Century musket wars, where Ngapuhi (Northern) tribes, newly armed with muskets, attacked and decimated the [Alien Weaponry‘s] de Jong brothers’ Te Arawa (Central North Island) ancestors, who at that time were still using traditional weaponry.”

Singer and lead guitarist Lewis de Jong told Loudwire the following:

“Some people might find it a bit grisly. But it’s stuff that actually happened and nobody ever talks about it. We’re not saying it’s right or wrong, it’s just a part of our history.”

The site also mentions that the track “refers to ‘nga tohu a Tūmatauenga,’ the symbols of Tūmatauenga – the Māori god of war, and its from here where the band derives the album’s name.”

Drummer Henry de Jong added:

“Quite a few of the songs on the album are about battles or conflict. Kai Tangata. So we thought it was appropriate to name the album after Tūmatauenga. Tū also means to stand strong and proud, to stand for something; which we think is important as a band and as people.”

Teenage ‘Maori Thrash’ Band Alien Weaponry Premiere “Holding My Breath” Video

Teenage “Maori thrash” band Alien Weaponry have premiered a new video for their new song “Holding My Breath.“ This track is from their debut album “Tū,” which will be released on June 1, via Napalm Records. Frontman Lewis de Jong commented:

“It’s about something that actually happened to me. I felt so bad that I literally stayed in my room and couldn’t bring myself to leave the house or talk to anyone. I wrote the song at that time, and it was one of the things that helped me work through it, so I hope it will resonate with other people going through similar things.”

“Tū” Track Listing:

02. “Rū Ana Te Whenua”
03. “Holding My Breath””
04. “Raupatu”
05. “Kai Tangata”
06. “Rage (It Takes Over Again)”
07. “Whispers”
08. “PC Bro”
09. “Urutaa”
10. “Nobody Here”
11. “Te Ara”

[via Revolver]