This is a live performance of the Black Box Theatre production 'Lobotomy'.
Everything your hear (except for a guitar overdub in I Love People)
was recorded live.
Originally the concept for ‘Lobotomy’ sprang from an idea that Radius Kink had to do a live show in the classic rock style of The War of the Worlds by Jeff Wayne, Tommy by The Who, and The Wall by Pink Floyd.
Thus formed the Black Box Theatre production Lobotomy.
Choosing carefully from their most intimate collection of collaborative writing, Greg and Gary then spent some very soul-searching hours delving into what the lyrics of each song meant to each of them personally and then wrote the show according to the themes from their pasts which they shared and were the most poignant.
They brought in two other seasoned musicians: veteran drummer Deacon George, and keyboard powerhouse Emma ‘RhythEmz’ Gilbertson, to form the core live band required for the show. The band chose fellow musician and actor Sammy Jay Dawson to play the lead role in the show, giving life to the emotionally tortured character and wowing the audience with his stellar performance.
The show opens in a detention cell, where a nurse brings Sammy in, in a wheelchair with his head bandaged, in a strait-jacket sedated, yet clearly still very agitated. He perceives the audience as some kind of unwelcome counsellor, who has interrupted his solitude and is asking too many painful questions. Despite his annoyance he goes on to detail difficult moments throughout his life, which eventually paint a picture of why he has come to be in his current predicament.
In a constantly flowing montage of sight and sound Radius Kink supply their songs to assist in the telling of his story, tying the production together. A highlight of the show is when Sammy himself gets a chance to sing the penultimate number Contagious News - moving freely through the audience in a semi-crazed frenzy, just looking for one person to listen to his frightening rant.
As the finale of the show falls, the audience comes to the sudden horrific realisation of what solution the lonely anti-hero has found for himself to take away his painful memories. Not a moment for the faint- hearted...
We truly hope you enjoy listening and taking away your own insights from ‘Lobotomy.’ - Greg & Gary, Radius Kink, Autumn 2014
released June 11, 2014
Words and Music Gary Hendrikse and Greg Douglas.
Contagious News, Hendrikse & Goodinson
I Love People, Hendrikse & Goodinson.
Edited and mixed by. G Hendrikse.
Final mix and master by. Barnaby Coxon.
Engineered by. David Cooper.
Live Sound. Joseph Bennett.
Vocals. Gary Hendrikse and Greg Douglas.
Spoken segues. Sammy Jay Dawson.
Vocals on 'Contagious News'. Sammy Jay Dawson
Keys, Emma Gilbertson.
Drums, Deacon George.
Bass, Greg Douglas.
Guitar, Gary Hendrikse
Lights. David Saunders.
Assistant. Clarissa Chai
MC. Darren Pickering.
Film. Angus Graves.
Keyboards - Emma Gilbertson:
Inspired by hip-hop, soul, jazz, dub and reggae. Well known for working as Musical Director at South Hornby School and managing her teaching business RhythEmz Music Studios. At present, she is in the process of organizing a nationwide tour, EP and single release with Christchurch reggae band One Six. (www.facebook.com/OneSixTheBand
Drums - Deacon George:
a passionate drummer for over 10 years from Mt Maunganui, NZ. In 2013, he and his family relocated Christchurch to help with the post-earthquake rebuild. His musical influences include Hip Hop, R&B, Heavy Metal and Ska.
Bass/Vocals - Greg Douglas:
One half of Radius Kink, Greg has enjoyed immensely the creative process of constructing first the songs and then the recording and production of them in the studio. He considers the collaboration of kindred musical minds to be one of the most intimate and valuable human connections.
Guitar/Vocals - Gary Hendrikse:
The other half of Radius Kink, a dedicated musician, songwriter and producer in his own right, he has remained the driving force in keeping the Radius Kink legacy alive through its rocky history. An avid experimentalist, he loves to learn new musical techniques and has an impressive collection of both mixing and performance equipment. Many of the vocal effects used in this unique production are of Gary’s own design.