The Shifting Sands Music Video Release Party, Chicks Hotel, Port Chalmers, Friday 17 May

Not having previously attended a video release party, we didn’t know what to expect. But, we were in for a treat with The Shifting Sands playing at the top of their game. To kick off the evening, the Dunedin trio Trick Mammoth played a lively set. The flower-adorned stage paid tribute to the band’s first demo collection ‘Floristry’. The spirit of a youthful Morrissey lives on. This was followed by the first public viewing of the ‘Let’s Go Down’ (from album ‘Feel’) video created by Dunedin artist Veronica Brett in less than 8 days. For this, she used the experience gained from making a more-complicated and equally amazing video for the song ‘Worth Our While’ which we also watched (it’s on YouTube). We were blown away by her creativity and the quality of the animations. Finally, The Shifting Sands confidently took the stage and played a selection of tracks from their ‘Feel’ album and some new material from their forthcoming album ‘Cosmic Radio Station’. It was their finest performance to date – accomplished, high energy, space-rock at its best. Absolutely loved the tempo and vocals on ‘Tonight’. Hope you’re going to make a video for that track too, Veronica.

The Shifting Sands. From left: Michael McLeod, Jake Langley, Tom Bell.

Michael McLeod

Drummer Jake Langley

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Trick Mammoth. From left: Sam Valentine, Millie Lovelock, Adrian Ng. Millie wears blouse from The Modern Miss and trousers from Wild Pair.

Millie Lovelock

Adrian Ng

Sam Valentine

‘Let’s Go Down’ video created by Veronica Brett.

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‘Pixies’ (from ‘Feel’ album) video created by Port Chalmers sculptor Jim Cooper (on YouTube).

‘Worth Our While’ video created by Veronica Brett.

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