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10:00PM Thu 22 Feb

Art Rock
(Pōneke / Wellington)

Sheeps has quickly amassed a cult following after its founding in 2016, drawing comparisons to the shifting, evolving art rock structures of Radiohead, the affecting and often bleak lyricism of The Smiths, and the grandiose atmospherics of post-rock bands Jakob & Mogwai.

Sheeps was born from writing sessions between brothers/guitarists Dean & Simon Blackwell in an Oriental Bay basement in 2015. But the band began in earnest when a third guitarist Grace Baker, drummer Thomas Friggens, and bassist Blain Fitzpatrick joined the following year. Having recently signed with Auckland’s AllGood Absolute Alternative Records (AAA Records), Sheeps are set to release their debut single in February 2024, with their debut album—recorded, mixed, and produced by respected Wellington producer/engineer James Goldsmith—to follow.

Dean Blackwell - Guitar, Vocals, Keys

Simon Blackwell - Guitar

Grace Baker - Guitar

Thomas Friggens - Drums

Blain Fitzpatrick - Bass Guitar

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