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The Necks

The Necks. Image courtesy of Robert Divers Herrick
The Necks. Image courtesy of Robert Divers Herrick

This summer, lauded Australian trio The Necks will return to the Sydney Opera House for an intimate four-night residency in the intimate Utzon Room, celebrating their hypnotic 16th studio album, Body.

Performing at the nexus of improvisation, jazz, post-rock and neo-classical music, the internationally celebrated experimental group will entice audiences with four unpredictable yet mesmerizing performances – showcasing their instrumental mastery and singular chemistry as heard on their hour-long new offering, Body.

Praised by Pitchfork as being “one of the most powerful albums in the band’s catalog”, Chris Abrahams (piano), Lloyd Swanton (double bass) and Tony Buck (drums) have replaced their signature ambient tones of recent albums with rock’n’roll indulgences and powerful percussion to add yet another layer to their incredible musical palette for their first record in three years.

During their 30-year genre-bending career, the Sydney outfit has released 16 studio albums including the ARIA-nominated soundtrack to cult Australian film The Boys. The trio made their Sydney Opera House debut in 2008, before returning in 2009 upon Brian Eno’s invitation to perform as part of Vivid LIVE’s inaugural festival. Here, they performed Eno’s remarkable improvised Pure Scenius alongside the mercurial curator himself, Underworld singer Karl Hyde and Jon Hopkins. Since then, The Necks have returned to the Opera House playing numerous sold-out shows including Vivid LIVE 2017.

In January 2018, performing for the first time in the World Heritage listed design jewel that is the Utzon Room, The Necks will once again demonstrate why they are regarded as one of Australia’s most extraordinary live bands.

Source: Sydney Opera House

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