Coda Chroma plays 2 sets from 9:30pm
CodaChroma is the baroque-pop union of songsmith Kate Lucas and aural architect Damien Charles. These musical magpies collect shiny baubles of sound, threading them in and around chimerical lyrics, curious harmony and shrewd production.
Kate grew up at the foot of the Great Dividing Range in picturesque Gippsland, Victoria, while Damien is from the free-loving, humid peaks of Titirangi, Auckland. Both of them began playing guitar as youngsters, and they flourished on a steady diet of The Beatles and Beethoven.
As they grew up their tastes diversified and their skills became more specialised. Kate studied improvised and contemporary music at a tertiary level for many years and became a proficient jazz singer and guitarist, playing in various ensembles. She fell into the wondrous labyrinth that is songwriting and formed the band Telltale, releasing a self-titled EP in 2011.
Damien delved into music production when he opened Ground Zero recording studio in Auckland and absorbed himself in the disparate worlds of Dub/Electronica and Grunge/Punk. His main focus for a stretch was to produce, manage, write and perform for preeminent Melbourne dub outfit The Red Eyes. He produced and engineered two studio albums with the Red Eyes, and has worked on releases with Grammy Award winning/nominated acts Gotye and Hiatus Kaiyote, among many others.
Then, at a time when they were both arching out of their respective bands, Damien and Kate came together to form CodaChroma and have spent the last three years creating their debut album Car Tapes.