June 14, 2007
What must surely be the coolest gig in this summer’s Live Earth concerts takes place at the British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) Rothera Research Station. On 7 July the science team’s indie-rock house band, Nunatak* will debut in the global event that features over 100 of the world’s top musical acts. Concerts from all 7 continents will raise awareness of climate change world-wide.
Darkness and freezing temperatures isolate the Antarctic continent during the Southern Hemisphere winter so the only people who can actually go to the Antarctic concert will be Nunatak’s 17 over-wintering colleagues. But an astounding 2 billion people worldwide will get to enjoy the 5-piece combo through broadcasts on TV, film, radio and the internet.
Nunatak’s lead singer Matt Balmer said,
“I can’t believe we’ve been invited to do this – it’s a fantastic opportunity to encourage people of the world to deal with climate change. We expected to spend our Antarctic winter here at Rothera quietly getting on with our work and maybe performing at the occasional Saturday night party. We could never have imagined taking part in a global concert!
All excellent fun of course.
But can I make a small suggestion for Nunatak's PR officer (for surely those recording contracts are going to come flooding in for a drum, bass, guitar, sax and violin combo)?
Get a video up on You Tube pretty quickly. The only thing currently there that people might think is you is this:
And while I'm indeed sure that there are those who approve of this somewhat artie approach to the problems of the South Atlantic I'm not wholly convinced that this will maximise record sales in such places as Portsmouth, Plymouth and whichever hillsides the Welsh and Scots Guards are recruited from.
Believe me on this one.
(I should emphasise that this is NOT Nunatak the band from the BAS. But it is the only video with that name out there.)Here's a Reuters report on the band from before the concert:
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Rather poor timing.
Posted by: Blognor Regis | Jun 14, 2007 11:49:22 AM
The penguins are cute. Too bad that's all the world will really see of you Nunatak guys. Yes, you need a video. Please.
Posted by: frank | Jul 6, 2007 5:24:40 PM
Just saw Nunatak...excellent band...need to get your EP out there...my Zune needs Nunatak! Thanks!
Posted by: Michael Ehrhart | Jul 7, 2007 2:40:48 PM
We loved your performance, the music was excellent...it was made even better knowing you guys are living and working every day trying to keep track and solve this problem. We would love more music from you...thank you!!!!
Posted by: Debra | Jul 7, 2007 4:13:53 PM
I walked in on the middle of Nunatak performance and was blown away! THESE GUYS ROCK! If they've got some recorded product, I want it - and if they don't, make one happen as soon as you guys unthaw!
Seriously loved it.
Posted by: Lina | Jul 7, 2007 6:58:00 PM
Brooklyn loves Nunatak!
Posted by: rosanne | Jul 7, 2007 9:38:55 PM
My favorite of all the bands performing all over the world in this concert so far! It's hot here in Miami Beach, but you guys were a cool, refreshing change! Thanks for all that you are doing for the rest of us, including the music!
Posted by: Carol | Jul 7, 2007 9:52:46 PM
You guys totally kick, I am looking forward to getting a copy of your video on DVD or something similar.
Posted by: MartaRooney | Jul 7, 2007 10:00:58 PM
seeing the guitarist doing a Pete-Townshend-split-leg leap while wearing a snow suit was absurd and inspirational at the same time!
Posted by: deewaitch | Jul 7, 2007 10:08:47 PM
These guys have a hit on their chilly hands. The buzz is already getting big !
Someone needs to sign these guys and cut a few tunes. A great story of the little arctic house band that could! Hope to have it downloaded soon. Rock on and run with it.
Posted by: W Stuart | Jul 7, 2007 10:11:11 PM
the band is great. REALLY cool (cold?) Make a record. I'd buy it
Posted by: damian | Jul 7, 2007 10:52:33 PM
Kusos to Nunatak! You guys rock the world! Sure your performance earned you quite some fans; but how do we contact you?
Posted by: Christopher | Jul 8, 2007 9:08:54 AM
Seattle loves you!! Are you going to make a CD? Please do! You guys are inspiring! We need more info and pictures of you!
Posted by: Christina G. | Jul 9, 2007 1:48:36 AM
Yes indeed, we need more Nunatak music in the world. Please make a CD, DVD, something! I, for one, would definitely buy one, or maybe two, or...
(Somebody please pass all these requests on to the band!)
Posted by: Guy | Jul 9, 2007 2:22:48 AM
Found a somewhat official website that has info about Nunatak:
Posted by: Guy | Jul 9, 2007 3:24:22 AM