Three teenagers, known as Alien Weaponry, from a tiny town in the small South Pacific nation of New Zealand have managed to capture the imaginations of people all over the world with their unique thrash metal sound and commanding live performances. This in itself is surprising, but perhaps the most unexpected element of all in their success is that many of the band's songs are delivered in a language that is unknown to international audiences - New Zealand's native language, Te Reo Māori.
Now, Alien Weaponry is ready to release the furious debut album "Tu" on the world. Short for 'Tumatauenga,' the Māori god of war, "Tu" also means to stand strong and proud, and to stand for something. The notion is reflected in the album artwork, which includes the tradtional moko kanohi (facial tattoos) of the Māori warrior. "Tu" will be released on June 1st via Napalm Records with pre-orders available at this location.
Standing for something important is something the band does equally well in English or in Māori. Today, the band issued the first single and video for the song "Holding My Breath" - the first single so far to be sung entirely in English. The clip premiered over at Revolver at this location, but you can check it out in the player at the top.
"Holding My Breath" was was written by Lewis (Vocals/Guitar). In it, he talks about the anxiety of being judged and socially ostracized by peers to the point of being unable to function. "It's about something that actually happened to me. I felt so bad that I literally stayed in my room and couldn't bring myself to leave the house or talk to anyone," he says. "I wrote the song at that time, and it was one of the things that helped me work through it, so I hope it will resonate with other people going through similar things."
One of the people it has already resonated with is actress Rose van Wylich, featured in the video; who experienced similar feelings of isolation as a teenager.
The album's track listing and artwork can be found here:
2. Ru Ana Te Whenua
3. Holding My Breath
5. Kai Tangata
6. Rage - It Takes Over Again
7. The Things That You Know (Bonus Track)
9. PC Bro
11. Nobody Here
12. Te Ara
13. Hypocrite (Bonus Track)
Check out the band live on these dates:
03.02.18 - NZ - Hamilton / Rugby Sevens World Cup 06.02.18 - NZ - Wellington / Waitangi Day Festival 17.02.18 - NZ - Wellington / Pao Pao Pao 03.03.18 - NZ - Auckland / Auckland City Limits Festival 20.03.18 - NZ - Auckland / Prophets of Rage support 22. - 28.07.18 - SVN - Tomlin / Metal Days Festival 02. - 04.08.18 - DEU - Wacken / Wacken Festival 01.09.18 - DEU - Hamburg / Welt-Turbojugend Tage