(Pōneke / Wellington)
Formed by brothers Dean and Simon Blackwell, Sheeps' sound is complex, genre-bending and highly dynamic. Ranging from brooding, psychedelic soundscapes to droning, wall-of-sound heavy rock, their dense three-guitar compositions and compelling live shows are known for drawing audiences inward and taking them in remarkable, unexpected directions.
Sheeps remains an enigma within the Wellington music scene, rarely performing live and still without an official release after five years as a band. This is set to change, however, with both the band's debut single and debut full-length album – recorded, produced,
and mixed by respected Wellington producer/engineer James Goldsmith – due for
release in 2022.
Though Sheeps was born from writing sessions between brothers/guitarists Dean & Simon Blackwell in an Oriental Bay basement in 2015, the band didn't begin in earnest until the addition of third guitarist Grace Baker, drummer Thomas Friggens, and bassist Blain Fitzpatrick the following year. The band quickly amassed a cult following and began to
draw 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.
In the years since, Sheeps' following and profile have continued to grow, bolstered by their inclusion on the 2021 lineup for legendary New Zealand music festival Twisted Frequency.
9.15pm, Thurs 24 Feb | FREE
Fortune Favours Music Series Stage, Te Whanganui-a-Tara (behind Te Papa)