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Homecoming show tonight

After touring New Zealand, Masterton cinematic rock band Pencarrow will be taking the the stage tonight at the Rangitmau Hall.

The rural Masterton venue will be a homecoming of sorts as the ninth leg of the band’s national 10-show tour.

The show will bring to life some of the band’s favourite moments from their second album Growth In The Absence Of Light.

Pencarrow will be supported by Ovus and Saffron Amplifier.

Pencarrow first made their mark on the music scene in 2016 with their debut album Dawn Simulation, a high energy homage to classic prog with a dark contemporary twist, featuring all the odd time and musical flair those familiar with the genre know and love, but with cinematic overtones and a lingering darkness led by their academic background in composition and their shared passion for narratives in music.

After a number of local shows around Wellington and a few small festival appearances following the release of their debut, the band took to the road on a six-show North Island tour, joining forces with artists ranging from avante garde noise through to dark acoustic folk and old school 80s thrash metal. 

Pencarrow perform live as a four piece, led by guitarist and vocalist Tonnie ten Hove, with Justin Chorley on drums, Anthony Rose on keyboard and Elton Halford on bass. In the studio, they have worked with a number of guest musicians including a solo vocalist, a flautist, and even a full community choir.

In August 2020, Pencarrow released their second album Growth in the Absence of Light, described by the band as “an exploration of love, loss, the sense of self, and the unfathomable fluctuation of time in complex human relationships”.

It was intended to be released as a single continuous track, but was split into separate tracks near the end of production in order to complement ten Hove’s art work for the physical album and limited edition art book.

It begins by fading in slowly over two minutes, paying proud homage to Pink Floyd, before exploring light and darkness on an introspective musical journey, balancing flourishes of classic prog rock with more sombre moments featuring Javanese gamelan, solo piano passages and a seven-minute orchestral piece.

Tonight’s show at the Rangitumau Hall begins at 7.30pm.

Doors open at 7pm and entry is free or by koha.

Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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