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Beastwars Turn the Volume Up on a Beautiful Nadia Reid Song

“This is such a haunting powerhouse of a song from one of Aotearoa’s finest,” Beastwars frontman Matt Hyde says


David James

Feeling tired this Friday after a long week? Let Beastwars covering Nadia Reid awaken you from your doldrums.

The Wellington heavyweights are preparing for the release of their fifth studio album, Tyranny of Distance, in October, its eight tracks set to cover the common themes of “despair, loneliness and existential frustration.”

Tyranny of Distance is also a covers album, spanning 40 years, of New Zealand music, and the third single taken from it is a cover of Nadia Reid’s “High & Lonely”.

“This is such a haunting powerhouse of a song from one of Aotearoa’s finest, it takes a knife and slices through the loneliness in the room,” says Beastwars frontman Matt Hyde. “Screams at desire and the pointlessness of love if you are not in the presence of each other. Come to the carnival, it screams, a carnival of downfall and desire. That only makes sense when someone is in too deep.”

“High & Lonely” follows “Waves”, originally performed by ’90s Flying Nun band Superette, and ‘Identity”, a rendition of The Gordon’s 1984 song.

Beastwars’ full album will also feature covers of The 3Ds, Marlon Williams, and more. “We joked we should call this Tyranny of Distance Volume 1 as we all had so many songs that we would love to record,” as the band’s drummer Nathan Hickey joked to Rolling Stone AU/NZ recently.

To celebrate their new album, Beastwars will hit the road for a national tour later this year. Beginning in Whanganui on album release day, they’ll then visit New Plymouth, Hamilton, Auckland, Wellington, Lyttelton and Dunedin throughout the rest of October and November (see full dates below).

Beastwars’ “High & Lonely” (Nadia Reid cover) is out now. Tyranny of Distance is out Friday, October 13th (pre-save/pre-order here). 

Beastwars 2023 National Album Tour

Ticket information available via beastwarsband.com

Friday, October 13th
The Musicians Club, Whanganui

Saturday, October 14th
Zeal/The Mayfair, New Plymouth

Thursday, October 26th
Last Place, Hamilton

Friday, October 27th
Galatos, Auckland

Saturday, October 28th
San Fran, Wellington

Friday, November 3rd
Loons, Lyttelton

Saturday, November 4th
Dive, Dunedin