Tono and the Finance Company return to the garden city to play songs from their first full album, 'Up Here For Dancing,' and are joined by T54, Miniatures and Brown.
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After two years training an immigrant's hungry, hustling eyes on Auckland, Anthonie Tonnon has written an album of distinctly modern characters and confessions.
Tonnon’s move away from Dunedin saw a transformation in the band’s line up and sound that culminated in their performances as a five piece with Beirut in January. Along the way, they found surprising allies in their new city – gaining attention through a remix by dance pop producer Pikachunes, and props from rap crew Homebrew.
Building on 2010’s critically praised Fragile Thing, Tonnon returned to Dunedin to record with Tex Houston, bringing along Auckland Finance Company members Stuart Harwood and Jonathan Pearce, and matching them against long-time Dunedin collaborators Chris Miller, Logan Valentine, Rainy McMaster and Paul Cathro.
Up Here For Dancing is a pop album with an oddball palette, an unlikely meeting of sensibilities from either end of the country. The title, Up Here For Dancing captures the stilted rhythms and spinning narratives of the album - hard to dance to, but sending signals to the same neurons.