Kane Strang

A winning blend of careful precision and mercurial abandon, Kane Strang's songs are constantly surprising. With a penchant for melodic earworms to rival those of the world's best pop songwriters, the New Zealand artist's glittering hooks twist and turn in perfect synch with meticulous band arrangements. Hints of 60s pop (NB: Zombies, Stooges) and 90s alt-rock shine through; but there's a contemporary crunch, sheen and bald lyrical tone to Strang's sound that places him firmly in the here and now. Hailed as "the next Stephen Malkmus", by The Revue. Strang's on the brink of becoming indie-rock's intelligent poster boy "The young man is that talented."

The story goes: a young upstart from New Zealand's iconic city of indie rock, Dunedin - home to the Clean, The Bats, Chris Knox - sows and tends to the early seeds of pop magic in a country with DIY ingrained into its national psyche. Yet in reality, NZ's musical history means little to Strang; whose inspiration calls more to the intelligent collegiate rock of Pavement, the no-wave inspired guitar drones of Interpol and the masterful pop sensibility of Brian Wilson.

It would have been easy for Strang to cut his chops in the shadow of the city's guitar heroes - play a few shows; hit up a studio, lay some tracks. Kane Strang chose the hard road, ditching his forebears on the shore of New Zealand's South Island, discarding an unnamed older producer who told him he sounded like he was "on his way to a funeral", and relocating in the quick beat of a heart to Germany.

The adventurous shift would foreshadow many more to come. Teenage Strang holed up in an old concrete World War II bunker to lay down the blueprint for the roughly disaffected demo collection A Pebble and a Paper Crane, precursor to his acclaimed debut Blue Cheese. The extreme writing environment drove a fierce pop sensibility, in compelling tandem with that industrious DIY ethic. WIth a quick and confident command across instrument, and an unusual style of composing for rhythm section before even considering words; Strang made the DIY approach seem effortless, breezing between brain-burning guitar hooks and surprises around every melodic corner. The charming fuzz of lo-fi played off the gravitas and sophistication familiar to artists many years his senior.

Kane Strang's 2015 debut release Blue Cheese (Flying Nun/Ba Da Bing!) continued to grow in reputation long after its conception. Paying heed to Dunedin's musical history, it ultimately sought its own more contemporary ends - from the pummeling bass and twinkling synth of restless album opener 'The Web', to the '80s garage pop of 'She's Appealing', and the anthemic 'Full Moon, Hungry Sun', Strang's sound is melodic, direct and precise, calling on Bowie and Ariel Pink as much as his New Zealand labelmates. "He's carved out his own sound already despite being a very new artist", said Brooklyn Vegan.

As Strang's songs wormed their way into ears and hearts around the globe, Blue Cheese saw the beginning of a promising path for Kane Strang. "It's a good indicator that Strang will be around for a long time", read Pop Matters.

"Strang has a gift for pulling diamonds from the rough", said Pitchfork of the debut LP, which drew comparisons to David Bowie and Ariel Pink). "[His] songs have a way of making modest acts seem heroic." Strang's proclivity for writing smart, anthemic guitar pop shortly caught the attention of indie super-label Dead Oceans, who signed him for release of his second album Two Hearts and No Brain in 2017.

What sets Strang apart from the rafts of DIY indie songwriters the world over is a willingness to push further. Having mastered the lo-fi aesthetic, Strang sought a new sound for his follow up; wanting to stretch his already limber songwriting legs and production chops to new, unexpected spaces.The promise of international touring and releases the world over saw Kane's vision for his sophomore record extend far beyond the bedroom.


Enter the sophomore LP; Two Hearts and No Brain. Kane returned to Dunedin's notoriously haunted Chick's Hotel studio to make the new record. Teaming up with producer Stephen Marr from trip hop group Doprah may seem, from the outset, unexpected - but the collaborative result is a razor sharp blend of intelligent alt-rock, bearing the signatures of grunge/alt rock swiftly executed with careful, meticulous precision over 11 tracks. Marr's influence brings a pristine, retro-futuristic sheen which complements Strang's perfectionist recording style, sharp melody, verbose lyrically neuroticism. Strang never misses a beat delivering his wryly deadpan lines, taking mundane subject matter and whittling it into effortless pop, lyrics shifting cleverly between sentimentality and droll self-deprecation.

The album's early outing "Oh So You Are Off I See" offers a stellar glimpse into what Two Hearts and No Brain offers. "Strang is poised to make a… leap to acclaim", lauded NME. "'Oh You're Off I See' showcases the new method in breathtaking fashion, with a sleazy, languishing guitar line juxtaposed with ambitious melodies throughout", lauded NME.

The album courses along a similarly invigorating vein. From the head-nodding groove of opener 'Lagoons', the anthemic tribute to anxious love 'Not Quite', the 60's, percussive synth plod of 'See Thru', reverb-soaked 'Summertime in Your Lounge'; jangling crowd-please 'My Smile is Extinct', and the heart-wrenching melody and unforgettable guitar twang of the album's title track - Two Hearts and No Brain is pure pop genius from start to finish.

It's hard to imagine who else could convincingly fuse fuzzy synths with slide guitar; crunchy chords with chiming vocals in such a kaleidoscopic pop vision. The album's cover art, featuring a refracted analogue photograph taken of Kane atop of a rocky precipice; echoes the spirit of lean guitar-pop shining through a truly contemporary, innovative lens.

His attention to detail shows up the fat slack present in the work of many of Strang's contemporaries; yet his sound remains emotive and playfully laced with a tongue-in-cheek nostalgia - timelessly old and new in the same breath. With a live show that exhibits Strang's unpredictable and exhilarating command on stage, Kane Strang's amassed band of cohorts execute his vision with arresting impact, charming crowds with his sideways slant of guitar pop. After recently playing to rave reviews at 2017 SXSW, Kane Strang is winning new ears around the globe, performing tracks from the forthcoming LP Two Hearts and No Brain - released on Dead Oceans in June 2017. Taking to well-worn subject matter (heartbreak, loneliness, family) with a disarmingly frank scalpel, Strang's wryly deadpan lines never miss a beat - the results often sardonic, and always captivating.

Kane Strang Shares Official Video For New Single, “Silence Overgrown”

Kane Strang has unveiled the official, video for “Silence Overgrown,” off his new album, Two Hearts and No Brain, out now.

Crafted from footage captured by Kane and his bandmates during their US and European tours earlier this year, the video for “Silence Overgrown” offers a glimpse of the tour life across the globe. On his self-made video, Kane says,

“landing in New York ahead of our first overseas shows and walking around that night was hands down the most surreal moment of my life. I never even thought I’d visit America, let alone be there for my music and I’m so glad we managed to capture fragments of that and the rest of this crazy year on camera. This goes out to everyone who has come see us play or let us crash at their houses or bought the album. Thank you!!!”

In addition to the recently announced New Zealand dates, Kane has added a run of Australian shows supporting Ali Barter.


Kane Strang on Tour
19/08 – None Gallery, Dunedin w/ Constance Disappointment and Painted Blind (all ages)
24/08 – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ Fruit Juice Parade and Carson Taare (solo, all ages)
25/08 – Caroline, Wellington w/ Girlboss and Zero Cool
26/08 – Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ Girlboss, The Beths and Eyes No Eyes
01/09 – The Others Way, Auckland
02/09 – Darkroom, Christchurch w/ Constance Disappointment and Fran
28/09 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney*
29/09 – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle*
01/10 – Transit Bar, Canberra*
02/10 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

*supporting Ali Barter


Purchase Two Hearts and No Brain https://deadoceans.lnk.to/kanestrang

Kane Strang’s ‘Two Hearts and No Brain’ LP Available Now

We’re so pleased to be releasing Kane Strang‘s sophomore LP, Two Hearts and No Brain, out into the world today! A razor sharp LP blended with intelligent alt-rock and bearing the signatures of grunge/alt rock swiftly executed with careful, meticulous precision over 11 tracks, we can’t wait for you to dive on in.

The New Zealand native’s attention to detail shows up the fat slack present in the work of many of Strang’s contemporaries, yet his sound remains emotive and playfully laced with a tongue-in-cheek nostalgia – timelessly old and new in the same breath. With a live show that exhibits Strang’s unpredictable and exhilarating command on stage, Kane Strang’s amassed band of cohorts execute his vision with arresting impact, charming crowds with his sideways slant of guitar pop. Taking to well-worn subject matter (heartbreak, loneliness, family) with a disarmingly frank scalpel, Strang’s wryly deadpan lines never miss a beat – the results often sardonic, and always captivating.

A winning blend of careful precision and mercurial abandon, Kane Strang’s songs are constantly surprising. With a penchant for melodic earworms to rival those of the world’s best pop songwriters, the New Zealand artist’s glittering hooks twist and turn in perfect synch with meticulous band arrangements. Hints of 60s pop (NB: Zombies, Stooges) and 90s alt-rock shine through; but there’s a contemporary crunch, sheen and bald lyrical tone to Strang’s sound that places him firmly in the here and now. Hailed as “the next Stephen Malkmus,” by The Revue, Strang’s on the brink of becoming indie-rock’s intelligent poster boy – “The young man is that talented.”

Purchase Two Hearts and No Brain:
https://deadoceans.lnk.to/kanestrang

“The new LP from Kane Strang is some truly brilliant bedroom pop (smh), out now on Dead Oceans, Two Hearts and No Brain is something so veracious and collectible that it practically jumps from the speakers in to your brain.” – Far Out Magazine

“Strang has a gift for pulling diamonds from the rough” – Pitchfork

“a nice dose of downer pop” – Brooklyn Vegan

“Robust and refined” – Tiny Mix Tapes

Kane Strang Shares Official Video For New Single, “My Smile Is Extinct”

Kane Strang has unveiled the official video for his new single, “My Smile Is Extinct,” ahead of the release of his new album, Two Hearts and No Brain, out June 30th (that’s next Friday). The charming, offbeat clip was directed by Julian Vares. It’s fitting that a song about getting ditched and feeling low features a lone figure (Kane), working through his emotions on his own strumming guitar and singing along deadpan. It’s totally mesmerizing and utterly relatable.

I said kill me now, I want to die
I heard there’s a chance at an afterlife
I might not get let in but at least I won’t be living

Taking to well-worn subject matter (heartbreak, loneliness, family) with a disarmingly frank scalpel, Strang’s wryly deadpan lines never miss a beat – the results often sardonic, and always captivating.

What sets Kane apart from the rafts of DIY indie songwriters is a willingness to push further. Having mastered the lo-fi aesthetic, he’s stretched his already limber songwriting legs and production chops to new unexpected spaces on Two Hearts and No Brain.

Two Hearts and No Brain is out next Friday, June 30th. You can pre-order it here: https://deadoceans.lnk.to/kanestrang

“Strang has a gift for pulling diamonds from the rough” – Pitchfork

“a nice dose of downer pop” – Brooklyn Vegan

“Robust and refined” – Tiny Mix Tapes

Kane Strang Announces New Album, ‘Two Hearts and No Brain’, Out June 30th

You know that delightful, intoxicating and ultimately stressful feeling of holding onto a particularly delicious secret? Well today we’re free of the burden of secrecy. Kane Strang has announced his new album, Two Hearts and No Brain, out June 30th on Dead Oceans (that’s us!). We’ve had it on high rotation in the office and we’re ecstatic you get a taste of it today. That’s right! Along with the announcement he’s sharing the new single, “My Smile Is Extinct.” It’s the follow up to lead single, “Oh So You’re Off I See,” his first taste of new music since 2016’s Blue Cheese, which was shared ahead of Kane’s first ever North American tour last month.

Recorded in his hometown of Dunedin at the notoriously haunted Chick’s Hotel studio, Kane teamed up with producer Stephen Marr from trip hop group Doprah for Two Hearts and No Brain. The collaborative result is a razor sharp blend of intelligent alt-rock, bearing the signatures of grunge/alt rock swiftly executed with careful, meticulous precision over 11 tracks. Marr’s influence brings a pristine, retro-futuristic sheen which complements Strang’s perfectionist recording style, sharp melody, and verbose lyrical neuroticism. Taking to well-worn subject matter (heartbreak, loneliness, family) with a disarmingly frank scalpel, Strang’s wryly deadpan lines never miss a beat – the results often sardonic, and always captivating.

Two Hearts and No Brain is pure pop genius from start to finish. It’s hard to imagine who else could convincingly fuse fuzzy synths with slide guitar; crunchy chords with chiming vocals in such a kaleidoscopic pop vision. The album’s cover art, featuring a refracted analogue photograph taken of Kane atop of a rocky precipice; echoes the spirit of lean guitar-pop shining through a truly contemporary, innovative lens. His attention to detail shows up the fat slack present in the work of many of Kane’s contemporaries; yet his sound remains emotive and playfully laced with a tongue-in-cheek nostalgia – timelessly old and new in the same breath.

What sets Kane apart from the rafts of DIY indie songwriters is a willingness to push further. Having mastered the lo-fi aesthetic, he’s stretched his already limber songwriting legs and production chops to new unexpected spaces on Two Hearts and No Brain. Kane’s vision of extending his sound far beyond the bedroom promises international touring and releases the world over. With a live show that exhibits his unpredictable and exhilarating command on stage, Kane’s amassed a band of cohorts to execute his vision with arresting impact, sure to charm crowds with his sideways slant of guitar pop.

Pre-order Two Hearts and No Brain:
https://deadoceans.lnk.to/kanestrang

Two Hearts and No Brain tracklist:
1. Lagoons
2. Silence Overgrown
3. Not Quite
4. Oh So You’re Off I See
5. See Thru
6. Summertime In Your Lounge
7. My Smile Is Extinct
8. Two Hearts and No Brain
9. It’s Not That Bad
10. Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost)
11. Good Guy


Kane Strang UK/EU Tour Dates:
Sat. May 13 – Zurich, CH @ Stall 6 (Lauter Festival)
Mon. May 15 – Manchester, UK @ Gullivers
Tue. May 16 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
Wed. May 17 – London, UK @ The Lexington
Thu. May 18 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape
Fri. May 19 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape
Fri. May 19 – Brighton, UK @ The Mucky Duck (The Great Escape)
Sat. May 20 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix
Mon. May 22 – Berlin, DE @ Privatclub
Tue. May 23 – Paris, FR @ La Mecanique Ondulatoire
Wed. May 24 – Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun
Thu. May 25 – London, UK @ Greenman Presents Courtyard at Kings X
Sat. May 27 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Upstairs (London Calling)

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