Set to be released on 1 April 2016, Hauora is a compact, energised and complex set of songs plumbing the intriguing depths of the Urban New Zealand Condition in the early 21st century. From the Saturday night booze binges of Sink to the petty shared-house bleakness of Pedestrian Support League, the album explores in sardonic humour and hook-laden melodies the highs and woes of creative life in Auckland City.
Brooklyn Vegan hailed Hauora this morning, saying "There’s nary a dull moment in its 40-minute running time that swerves from punky rippers (including fantastic 2012 single Sink, the only oldie here) to janglier/scrappier fare...New single Insides is a good example of Street Chant’s sneery, snotty style, dropping Sylvia Plath references while jamming out power chords."
Hauora is that rarest of sophomore efforts; an album that continues a pre-existing trajectory without resorting to repetition or routine. Given that its name is taken from the Māori word for the four aspects of personal health – spiritual, physical, mental and social – it’s fitting that Hauora plays like an exorcism of sorts. There’s catharsis palpable throughout, while Emily Edrosa’s pervasive optimism and energetic wit brings the album’s intense energy full circle.
Though the band’s composition has gone through some changes since Means – while Edrosa and bassist Billie Rogers remain, drummer Alex Brown was replaced by Chris Varnham (Wilberforces) post-recording – their modus operandi remains progressive and active as ever. Over a choppily-strummed acoustic guitar, Edrosa closes the album on ‘Hauora Forever’ by stating plainly, tongue ever-so-slightly in cheek, “If every day was a Sunday / I’d forget to be depressed”. It’s apparent that with the release of Hauora, Street Chant have little to be sad about.
Street Chant’s Hauora is to be released 1st April 2016 on Flying Nun. The band are taking their new songs on the road to celebrate Hauora's release this April. See below for dates.
STREET CHANT - HAUORA TOUR
- March 29 - Nivara, Hamilton
- April 1 - The Manor, Auckland (limited entry)
- April 2 - Golden Dawn, Auckland
- April 8 - Caroline, Wellington
- April 9 - Great Job, Palmerston North
- April 15th - The Crown, Dunedin
- April 16th - Darkroom, Christchurch
- April 29 - Kings Arms, Auckland