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Reviewed by Stu Edwards

Iceberg: Provenance

Reviewed by Stu Edwards

Iceberg: Provenance

Nostalgic Kiwi bands recording new albums make important additions to the country’s musical canon and this first album from Auckland’s Iceberg (a follow up to their 2014 EP ‘CCU7’ proves no exception. Iceberg’s sound meshes the glam mood of The Sweet and the quasi-punk feel of The Police’s early recordings with an unmistakeable Kiwi sound. Recorded by Jesse Wilde, it is far from overproduced with a definite live feel to the performances – the sleeve notes verifying that recording was done and dusted in just a few hours. Have A Nice Day opens proceedings with a punk (‘noice daye’) feel. A Shot In The Dark swaggers along with a ’70s rock groove while What’s Happening brings the guitar riffing to the forefront. There are moments of Dunedin’s ’80s sound creeping into the harmony with The Next Biggest Thing delivering energy and disregarding songwriting conventions. The raw nature of the album is complimented with the distinct feeling of authenticity the band delivers with each performance. Fans from their  heydays (likely by now also in their 50s) now have a hard copy to document the band’s catalogue.