The beloved New Zealand country/rock act Aaron Carpenter & The Revelators have dived head first into their new-found swamp sound with the grinding and gritty single, ‘Pretty Lies’. Recorded in a barn on Waiheke Island with producer Nick Abbot (The Subways, Robert Plant, The Datsuns), the track conjurers up a raw rock incarnation of their deep-seated country and blues sound.
Written about a fleeting romance kept secret and the effect of decisions made in the heat of the moment, Pretty Lies is a song that explores the frustrations of love’s fragility.
The single is the first from Aaron Carpenter who has a strong history in country and blues music since sneaking into famed Ponsonby venue The Glue Pot and nestling himself on stage with local blues legends like Midge Marsden.
It wasn’t until he returned to New Zealand after traveling the world as a vagabond musician that Aaron began exploring his love of music and creating his own material for the first time, leading to the formation of his band The Revelators, made up of drinking buddies and fellow Waiheke Musicians, Derek Solomon, Lee Carlin, Nikki Ngatai and Miles Gillet.
Since their formation, Aaron Carpenter & The Revelators have become an integral part of New Zealand’s steadily growing Americana scene and has seen the band perform at Spark Arena’s Southern Fork Americana Festival alongside names such as Robert Ellis, Hayes Carll and Blind Boy Paxton.
The single is the first from the band’s upcoming debut album of the same name, due for release in early August and closely followed by a nationwide tour.