New Zealand band Alien Weaponry have always done a great job of evoking the tribal essence of Maori culture in their music, and their latest video for 'Kai Tangata' is a brilliantly-produced look at gruesome battles between traditional tribes.
Speaking with Loudwire, lead guitarist Lewis de Jong and drummer Henry de Jong had this to say:
"Some people might find it a bit grisly, but it’s stuff that actually happened and nobody ever talks about it. We’re not saying it’s right or wrong, it’s just a part of our history.” This track refers to "nga tohu a Tūmatauenga," the symbols of Tūmatauenga – the Māori god of war," and its from here where the band derives the album's name.
“Quite a few of the songs on the album are about battles or conflict, so we thought it was appropriate to name the album after Tūmatauenga. Tū also means to stand strong and proud, to stand for something; which we think is important as a band and as people.”
Alien Weaponry formed in 2010 when brothers Lewis and Henry de Jong were only 8 and 10 years old before recruiting fresh-faced bass player Ethan Trembath in 2013. With music beyond many of their peers already, it's pretty safe to say these guys are doing massive things for their age!
'Tū' is out on June 1 via Napalm Records.