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Kerala Dust - Violet Drive

Secret Sounds presents...

Kerala Dust - Violet Drive

7:30pm, Thu 16 November, 2023
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Secret Sounds are thrilled to present blues-Americana electronic act Kerala Dust on their debut shows in Sydney and Melbourne this November 2023.

Formed in London in 2016 and now based between Berlin and Zurich, Kerala Dust is a four piece band including Edmund Kenny on vocals and electronics, Tim Gardner on keys, Lawrence Howarth on guitar, and Pascal Karier on drums. Having grown up to the sounds of iconic indie acts such as CAN, The Velvet Underground and Tom Waits while spending blurry mornings in London nightclubs, Kerala Dust combine the disparate influences of psychedelic rock, blues and techno into one, resulting in the hypnotic sounds for which the band has become known.

The band released their debut album, ‘Light, West’ towards the end of 2020 whilst diving into their new base of Berlin and letting its deep, complicated history and landscapes influence their next move. This led to ‘Violet Drive’, their latest album released in February 2023, a deeply European record torn between the past and future and heavily affected by its surroundings. Recorded over two weeks in a studio in the Alps just outside of Zurich, the songs on ‘Violet Drive’ were built from the drums up. This off-kilter percussion defines the album, the thudding backbeat laid down providing the framework upon which its lyrics and instrumentation – flashes of blues-y guitars and woozy synths, Edmund’s deliciously deep, syrupy voice – bounce off and flesh the songs out.

Kerala Dust have honed a somewhat improvised live show throughout their career, setting the stage for a completely unique and always fluid performance. They have transcended audiences across the globe with their genre-blending and experimental nature, which has seen them play over 150 international shows and grace stages at renowned festivals and events including DGTL (Tel Aviv), Dockville (Hamburg), Lightning in a Bottle (California), Kater Blau (Berlin), Tropico (Mexico), Sonar (Barcelona) among many others.  

Don’t miss Kerala Dust’s breathtaking live show when they hit Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory and Melbourne’s Corner Hotel this November

We acknowledge that this event is held on the stolen lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded.

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