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I Believe You Are A Star came out in 2001, via Sony Records. Now in 2021, the album is getting another spin with some songs having never been played live before.


The news is written by a mysterious person. Maybe Wendy Broccoli.

Shayne P. Carter has announced that Dimmer will be heading on tour this September and October to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the album I Believe You Are A Star. Check out the dates and where to get your tickets below: 

Dimmer Tour Poster 2021

UnderTheRadar proudly presents

Dimmer I Believe You Are A Star 20th Anniversary Tour

Saturday 11th September - Blue Smoke, Christchurch (Tickets via UTR)
Saturday 18th September - San Fran, Wellington (Tickets via UTR)
Saturday 25th September - Mercury Theatre, Auckland (Tickets via iTicket) 
Saturday 2nd October - Mayfair Theatre, Dunedin (Tickets via Humanitix)

Carter has assembled a stellar band to perform songs from I Believe You Are A Star as they, in some cases quite literally, have never been played before. Joined by Dimmer veterans Gary Sullivan (JPSE) and James Duncan, Carter's live band also includes Dimmer engineer / co-producer Nick Roughan (Skeptics) on keyboards and electronics, Louisa Nicklin, Neive Strang and Die Die Die bassist Lachlan Anderson. Carter shared his excitement for how the new Dimmer lineup will bring his personal favourite album to life on stage this spring:

“My main inspiration when writing and recording Star was to make a record entirely different from the rock n roll glory of the Straitjacket Fits. I wanted to make a beautiful record that didn’t need to beat it’s chest or prove that it could ‘rock’. It was influenced by the drift and throb of ambient music, krautrock, electronica, outsider pop and the dark funk of Sly Stone, James Brown and Funkadelic. It was also influenced by a totally naive approach to the then relatively new digital recording process. Attempting to emulate the record live is a mostly new and not inconsiderable musical challenge, but I’m extremely excited by the prospect of a show sonically and spiritually in tune with an album I still consider my best.” 

Though not on Star, check out this raucous rendition of Crystalator played at The Cook in Dunedin in 2018, courtesy of The Unofficial Flying Nun Music Vault:



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