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Taranaki four piece theSlacks share their brand new single 'Big Aroha' with Aotearoa today.

'Big Aroha' germinated in Marky Armstrong’s school years after a poignant discussion with his mate Joe at the bus stop outside the Inglewood dairy, about the importance of community and manaakitanga - a conversation that stayed with him over the years and finally coalesced into a song. 

Peppered with Te Reo and celebrating strong community ties and deep roots, 'Big Aroha' is a nod to 'Poi E' and a modern Taranaki response to our times.

The accompanying video was shot by the band with the help of Green Cow Productions and editor Dave Lepper. It predominantly takes place in a local Four Square and is a vibrant, upbeat production full of aroha and inclusiveness, perfectly mirroring the sentiments of the song.

In early December, theSlacks are embarking on a North Island tour to promote the 'Big Aroha' single and video release.  The mini-tour criss-crosses the island from Auckland to Wellington and Taranaki across to Gizzy - a pagan genuflection of NZ rock.
Bringing a fresh, new batch of songs, theSlacks will also be revisiting their classic album Suppressed Inventions and last year’s album release, Welcome To The Rolling Vibe for a full-bodied show with serious legs.

'Big Aroha' is now available for purchase on Bandcamp, iTunes and all good DSPs. 

theSlacks 'Big Aroha' Tour Dates

Thurs 8th December - The Wine Cellar, Auckland

Fri 9th December - The Mount Mellick, Mount Maunganui

Sat 10th December - Dome Cinema, Gisborne

Wed 14th December - San Fran, Wellington

Fri 16th December - Apiti Tavern, Tararua, Manawatu

Sat 17th December - Butlers Reef Hotel, New Plymouth

theSlacks are:

Scott Armstrong – vocals/guitar
Mark Armstrong – vocals/guitar
Blake Gibson – vocals/bass
Zane Greig – vocals/drums

Watch 'Big Aroha' video here:

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