Thursday, October 28, 2010

Macombee & the Absolute Truth

Hello Most Lovely People,
It's been along time!...So long in fact that I've clean forgotten how to drive this thing, so bear with me. We thought it was time to dust off the dancing shoes and get busy with the emails and get some shows organised so what better place to start than close to home!

Yes indeedy Pop Pickers... 

& the Absolute Truth
are something to behold. A 9 piece line up with such an array of songs and sounds it's virtually impossible to pin them down

Macombee describes her sound as alternative, cabaret: showtime punk.

Live at Unleash Fashion Show

"an unflinchingly direct, bracingly honest, wholly entertaining show" 
Oh yes it's all shaping up to be one hell of a weekend with very special guests the 2am Orchestra on the Friday Night here's what the people are saying...

"Frankly, there are moments on this album that are just beautiful. The band seems to lean heavily toward creativity and poetry, mixing acoustic orchestral elements with rock elements. This album has made me want to become a permanent follower of 2a.m. Orchestra." (

"...a myriad of bells and whistles that brandishes that sort of eclectic style that Radiohead does so well... Often their tracks have a brooding orchestration that makes you think it's a {movie} score rather than an album... Great album!" (Smother Magazine,

"The sound of Impermanence possess an almost "indie rock opera sound."(

then on Saturday night Macombee & the Absolute Truth
will be joined by the now near legendary
Printable Reality Inc who will delight and divide with a combination of eclectic arts based performance it would give a Naz Nomad nightmares.

Remember to vote for Macombee & the Absolute Truth  to play at this years Big Day Out Festival click on the following link,197309, Put your tick next to Macombee & The Absolute Truth - Niagra Falls
The 5 most popular demos will be played on Breakfast from October 22 to 26 and then be given to the Lords of the Big Day Out to go head-to-head with other national finalists. BDO will announce the winner along with the 3rd Announce on December 1st!

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Hello lovely People,
Just a quick note to thank you all for your support at the Tree Tops Studio events over
this past year. It's been quite a ride and it was all finished off in style last Saturday with supurb set from Karen Hunter as well as a great performance from SL Macombee & the Absolute Truth.
Our individual thanx go out to B, Claire, Kofi, Thomas, Tiara ,Jenifer and everyone else who has made Tree Tops a special thingumybob.

Sarah says... Put your hands in the air. Sarah says...All stand up.

Sarah Says... Turn your hands into shovels Everyone get on stage! Ha, Ha didn't say Sarah Says!
Thanx to Gus, for photos check out

Thanx to Oren, for filming the event stay tuned for video footage coming to a computer near you soon.
No But seriously thanx to everyone it's been a ball. (Hey thats not a bad idea!)

Love to one and all, See you at a new venue sometime soon!


Friday, October 2, 2009

Contemporary Folk/Rock Infused with Dirty Jazz Grooves...Anyone?

Ok, so the cat is well and truly out of the bag! In Our last post we let you know that we intended to go out on a high at Tree Tops Studio, well the bar just got raised to new Olympic Record kinda height.
At our last show on the 10th October we will not only be featuring SL Macombee & the Absolute Truth (a full 10 piece band) it will now also include the one and only Karen Hunter on the bill. 'Hunter's work can be described as contemporary folk/rock infused with dirty jazz grooves' states a quote from Karen's web-site with which I would concur all though we feel her sound is not that simply pigeon-holed.

Songwriting this good can not be faked. Ripitup

Included below is part of Karen's Biography for your indulgence. Please

check out her website at to discover what a privilege it is for us to add her name to

the bill.

Káren Hunter first appeared on the Aucklan
d music scene in the early 90’s with an original style of blues-based acoustic funk and a voice described in the NZ Herald as ‘one of the most sensuous in the country’.

With over twenty years performing experience Hunter's fifth

album “Rubble” was released through Monkey Records in March 2007 and she supported this release with an extensive 48 date national tour. Hunter also played several festivals throughout the summer of 2008 including the Christchurch Jazz Festival, Jazz in the Park (Auckland City), Festival of Light, Parihaka, (Taranaki) & Prana (Coromandel)

Hunter's work can be described as contemporary folk/rock infused with dirty jazz grooves. Hunters primary instruments are vocals and acoustic guitar, however thanks to her ‘loop’ pedal, live shows also include 'found' percussion, backing vocals, bass and vocal harmoniser. Hunter creates rhythmic backing tracks 'on the fly' and encourages audiences to participate with heckling and occasional finger clicks.

Hunter toured Australia's East Coast from Tasmania to Brisbane in 2003 as part of a reciprocal tour deal with local folk artist and Australian festival favourite Penelope Swales. Hunter has performed alongside Australian festival favourites Tiddas, Blue and Fruit and also played at Melbourne's Frankston Guitar Festival in 2004.

Karen appeals to an audience of jazz enthusiasts and fans of storytelling folk music alike. She has an informal yet professional on-stage manner which works very well in cabaret noir, festival stage or concert atmospheres. Renown as a dynamic and engaging live act has earned Karen Hunter several international supports including Ani Difranco, Roger McGuinn and Suzanne Vega,

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PS. we will be finishing off the evening with some sweet tunes from funky DJ's.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Hello my lovelies,
Ok so it has been decided that Our gorgeous Tree Tops Studio venue is to close its doors this coming October, but to celebrate were gonna leave in style so were having a final fling...

By popular demand on Saturday October the 10th we will be playing out with a full live set from SL Macombee & the Absolute Truth. Going on the reaction to the recent Amnesty International gig where the crowd went crazy during their set this is going to be a show not to be missed. As usual there are promises of very special guests joining the line up and we think this will probably be the last chance to see Sarah and Co in such intimate surroundings, so make sure you put the date in your diary NOW and if there's anything else in there, don't be stupid and cross it out!
Available on the night will be all the usual Tree Tops extras for your delectation and sensory pleasure appreciation.
Stay tuned for further details of this amazing event. Please remember to park safely and leave the driveway clear for vehicular access.

Koha on the door will be $10.00

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Friday, July 31, 2009

Funkin' for FREEDOM

Hello Everyone,
Please find the current details for the Amnesty International gig on the 15th August. Please help us promote this event by printing off the details and putting it in the rear window of your car, boat, house, push-bike or anywhere else you can find! Also pass this info' on to your mailing lists please.

A night of pure pleasure V's activist support,

featuring so far...


Super soul jazz folk groove thing going on, the jazz chameleons known to change feel and coat as the mood takes - Black Sand Diva soars from slinky Jazz grooves to rocked up roots, soul, and folk to create a unique sound organic to the Wild West Coast.

SL Macombee & The Absolute Truth

"For f**k sake if you get chance, don't miss this outfit live, weather its Sarah performing solo or with any other amount of local and international talent. It's the kind of awe inspiring performance that

will renew your faith in live music."

The Magnets

The Magnets are Ben Collier (GoldenHorse, The Nukes), brother Tom Collier multi-instrumentalists alongside Marcus Lawson (Lucid3, Dave Dobbyn). These guys are everything you can imagine and more, don't miss them!

Hosted by: Sarah Mcleod (Actress/Shortland Street) and Sam Healey-Cunningham (Amnesty International)

Tickets $20.00 / $10.00 (under 18's) available from

Or $25.00 on the door. Show starts at 7.30pm

There will be a licenced bar, Organic food courtesy of Bountiful Earth and the Coffee & Chai Guru.

Please listen out for radio Ads, interviews and live to air along with articles online and in various publications. I have listed a few below to get you started...

George FM: Wed 12th Aug between 12-2pm Interview with Sam (Amnesty International) and possible live to air!

Kiwi Fm: Wed 12th Aug between 5-6pm Interview with Sam (Amnesty International) and Cat ( Black Sand Diva) who will also be playing live from the studio.

95bFM: W/C 10th Aug between 8-10am (TBC)Interview with Sam (Amnesty International) and Sarah (SL Macombee) who will also be playing live from the studio.

Keep posted and remember to buy tickets in advance and save yourselves $5 each!