The Black Seeds go 'future-retro' on latest album

Long Lunch 31/01/2018
Barnaby Weir. Credit: Getty.

The Black Seeds are one of New Zealand's favourite reggae groups having carved out their reputation on the back of multi-platinum albums.

Firmly based on island grooves, their music has cast a wide net playing at venues around the globe. This year the band is headlining the Havelock Mussel and Seafood Festival on March 17.

Frontman Barnaby Weir joined Wendyl Nissen to talk about The Black Seeds and what they've been up to lately.

He says the band prefers to perform live music rather than being stuck in the studio.

"I think it's something about the energy and spontaneity with our live set. We've always enjoyed playing live a lot."

"Some bands prefer the studio and lots of recording," he said.

We enjoy the studio but we're probably at our best when we're just letting loose on stage.

"We're a high energy band and that's what we've been doing a lot of over the years, playing live at festivals."

The band is nearly twenty years old, forming in 1998, and they've just released a new album called Fabric.

"We've gone future-retro," said Mr Weir, describing the latest album.

Listen to the album below.

Listen to the full interview with Barnaby Weir above.

Afternoon Talk with Wendyl Nissen, 12pm - 3pm on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.