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by boomqueen » Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:49 pm

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Bret was also a member of The Black Seeds, a New Zealand Regae band. Here is their bio:

With gold and double-platinum selling albums in New Zealand and several years of successful touring, Wellington-based 7-piece The Black Seeds have been winning over fans with their unique blend of reggae, dub, funk and soul since forming in 1997. Carving out their reputation on the strength of their critically acclaimed studio albums and legendary live performances, they now enjoy a large following all over Aotearoa, as well as a growing fan base throughout Australia and Europe.

The Black Seeds started turning heads around New Zealand following the release of their debut album, 2001’s 'Keep On Pushing'. The album received widespread critical acclaim, including being named one of the top 50 albums of the year by Rip It Up Magazine, and eventually reached gold sales status. 'Keep On Pushing' was released in Australia through Shock records and France, Belgium and Switzerland through Productions Speciales, with the first single reaching no 29 in France’s ‘Groove’ charts and no 100 in the overall French single charts.

The group’s second studio album, 2004’s 'On The Sun', added a heavy dose of funk and soul to the dub reggae sound that underpinned 'Keep On Pushing'. 'On The Sun' debuted at #3 on the New Zealand album charts, achieving double platinum sales and solidifying The Black Seeds’ status as one of New Zealand’s premier groups. Album single 'So True' was one of the most popular New Zealand songs of 2005, receiving massive support from commercial radio and music television, while singles 'Turn It Around' and 'Fire' received widespread airplay on student radio. In 2005 'On The Sun' was released in Australia through Shock Records and Loop Recordings.

The Black Seeds are renowned as one of New Zealand’s finest and most dynamic live acts. They regularly sell out New Zealand and Australian tours and play headline slots at some of the regions biggest music festivals. In September 2006, they completed their second, hugely successful European/U.S tour. The 27-show tour saw the band perform in Holland, Austria, Germany, Scotland, England and Ireland, including a sell-out gig at London venue, Koko. In October 2006, the band returned to New Zealand via the U.S., where they performed shows in New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

On July 16, 2006 The Black Seeds released their highly anticipated third album 'Into The Dojo' in New Zealand. The album spent 5 consecutive weeks at no 1 in the album charts and has now reached well over platinum sales. While 'Into The Dojo' (named after the band’s practice room at The Surgery which was once a karate dojo) contains the elements that have characterised The Black Seeds’ music in the past, it also shows a great deal of development in the group’s sound. Song-writing duties have been shared throughout the band, while Daniel Weetman and Bret McKenzie have joined Barnaby Weir on lead vocal duties. The result of a year-long creative process, 'Into The Dojo' is The Black Seeds’ most mature and accomplished music to date.

On November 4th, 2006, 'Into The Dojo' was released in Australia through Remote control Records followed by an album release tour.

In 2007 the band plans to release 'Into The Dojo' in Holland, Belgium and the United States followed by more European / U.S. tours.

Band Members:
Barnaby Weir (vocals, guitar)
Daniel Weetman (vocals, percussion)
Mike Fabulous (guitar, percussion)
Bret McKenzie (vocals, keyboard)
Jarney T Murphy (drums)
Tim Jaray (bass)
Lee Prebble (knobs, faders)

http://www.muzic.net.nz/artists/201.html

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by boomqueen » Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:52 pm

Here is the video "On Location with The Black Seeds: So True", Bret is in most of it!



Also here is the completed music video:

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by boomqueen » Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:27 pm

I just want to say I am so obsessed with this video and how sexy Bret is in it...
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by Amily » Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:41 pm

lol you would be Jess...
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by boomqueen » Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:55 pm

have you actually watched it? tell me its not sexy...especially the part where he takes a bite of food...or swings that bat thingy on the beach

In the On location video he does most of it. I love the part where he decides to start talking in a German accent and one of the other band members is like...so tell me what its like being a German in New Zealand..lol
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by boomqueen » Fri Jan 18, 2008 12:47 am

This is a WAY better link to On Location with The Black Seeds-So True

http://www.virb.com/theblackseeds/videos/31256
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by Amily » Fri Jan 18, 2008 12:55 am

Pretty good... I'm loving that song, So Truuuue! ;)
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by boomqueen » Fri Jan 18, 2008 7:13 pm

I'm loving ALL The Black Seeds songs I have heard so far!!
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by ziggystardust » Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:56 pm

i think i might have heard of these guys before. the song "the answer" on youtube sounds familiar
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by boomqueen » Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:13 pm

That's quite possible. They are pretty huge in some countries, and they have 3 gold records.
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by Amily » Thu Jan 24, 2008 10:54 pm

I would never have heard of them if it weren't for Bret... glad I did though. I really love the song So True. Like REALLY! :D
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by boomqueen » Thu Jan 24, 2008 10:55 pm

really? you aren't just saying that to make me happy? lol
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by Amily » Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:20 pm

No I really do. :)
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by boomqueen » Sat Jan 26, 2008 5:46 pm

The So True video makes me want to go to New Zealand so much more...it looks so pretty and fun.
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by meagan » Thu Feb 28, 2008 11:02 pm

omg i didnt know bret was in the black seeds.
on adds on tv they always play this song
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