Freaky Meat are a dynamic and innovative act who have successfully combined elements of Jazz, Funk and Rock with beat-speak styles inspired by Ken Nordine, Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart and C. R. Avery.
Their performance will capture you with mesmerizing narratives of life, travels, experiences and people with front man, premiere Auckland beat-poet Shane Hollands, drawing from his most diverse, exciting and personal adventures.
The band also draws from the sophisticated musical styles of accomplished musicians John McNab (guitar – Mission Bay, Queenstown, Mangere Bridge Jazz Festivals), James Percy (drums), and Julian Pettitt (bass), creating atmospheric soundscapes which set the scene for each tale.
In 2010, Freaky Meat produced a special promotional EP entitled ‘Beatspeak Melodies’. This collection showcases Freaky Meat’s jazzier Beatspeak feel.
Freaky Meat are seasoned performers in Auckland’s live scene, recently joining forces with the likes of Andrew Fagan and The People, Black Sand Diva and The Neo-Kalashnikovs. 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. Their debut album ‘Delicatessen’ (released on September 1st 2011) sparked a 13 date nationwide tour for November 2011. 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.