Freaky Meat are a dynamic and innovative act who have successfully combined elements of Jazz, Funk, Rock and Metal with beat-speak styles inspired by Jack Kerouac, C. R. Avery, Gill Scot Heron and Captain Beefheart.

Premiere Auckland beat-poet Shane Hollands is joined by accomplished musicians John McNab (guitar), Rod Redgrave (percussion), and Julian Pettitt (bass), who create atmospheric soundscapes which are complemented by Hollands’ mesmerizing narratives of life, travels, experiences and people.

Freaky Meat are seasoned performers in Auckland’s live scene, joining forces with the likes of Andrew Fagan and The People, Black Sand Diva and Dave Alley. They have also performed live on Kiwi FM’s 31 Bands in a Box, at Auckland University Orientation and featured twice at Titirangi Music Festival and Prana New Year’s Festival, Coromandel. In 2010 they released their single ‘Monkey Shines’ and the follow-up EP: ‘Late Night Kebab’.

In 2011, Freaky Meat released the single ‘Lament of Paris’ from their debut album ‘Delicatessen’ (released on September 1st 2011) which inspired a successful 13 date November tour around New Zealand. They followed this up with a tour to Queenstown and Invercargill in 2012 and were a feature artist in the February Edition of the ‘Backyard Tourist Tour’ of Auckland in 2013.

In 2014 Freaky Meat released their ‘It Was Like That When I found It’ e.p experimenting with a harder more metal influenced sound which also included their first cover release, A darker heavier version of Devo’s ‘Girl You want featuring vocals by Julian Pettit (with shane coming in for the chorus)

They are presently working on a more jazzy e.p ‘Apocalyptic Radio’ due to be released 2017

Freaky Meat have featured at The Oamaru Jazz Festival two times and have recently been enjoying touring around Nelson Bays area playing at Devilles, Tim’s Place and Roots Bar in Takaka.

“Freaky Meat – who or what is Freaky Meat? Well, take two members of the now defunct Tutts, throw in a dangerously funky bass player …and then add performance poet Shane Hollands. How did these guys ever meet each other? This is one of the unlikeliest liaisons – in a musical sense – that you’re ever likely to find but like a few lucky, unlikely unions, this one actually works rather well.”
John Brinkman, Groove Guide

“Poetry in musical motion…Highlights include Zombie Xmas Hams and My Poetry Is An Alcoholic Pit Bull In A Bad Mood”
Ania Glowacz, NZ Musician Magazine

“HLAH + Sam Hunt”
Graham Reid, Elsewhere


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