dark tower

2 piece (then 3 piece, now back to 2 again) hip-hop outfit coming out of opawa, christchurch. jody ‘the earl’ lloyd and eli ‘the eel’ foley started performing together while still in high school, and with the help of brilliant debut video, the duo became something of a cult of personality with the ethos of the single ‘zeal man’. celebrating all that is kiwi, the dark tower boys we’re shunned by the new zealand hip hop scene, but loved by their christchurch audiences.
unfortunately it took the better part of a decade for them to release their debut, the underwhelming (yet appropriately named) ‘canterbury drafts’, which featured cameos from christchurch compatriots lindon puffin and jody’s folk-musician father david lloyd. more a problem with over production (the album was prepared, remixed and rerecorded many times before its eventual release) than a lack of good songs, the dark tower boys we’re now however playing to a national audience thanks to the success of their daft ‘babby trousers’ ep (which featured one-time member jamie greenslade), and with its release lloyd went back into the studio to concentrate on his own solo material, now being released as trillion.
discography
picks in bold

  • zeal man ep [1995]
  • the new outlook cd single [1999]
  • the baggy trousers project ep [2000 she’ll be right]
  • canterbury drafts [2001 she’ll be right]
  • the pacific sandal [instrumental] [2005 she’ll be right]
  • the dark world [2005 she’ll be right]

recommended songs
download from mp3.co.nz

  • zeal manrn
  • land of the long white cloudsrn
  • land of freezing days [jody lloyd]
  • take me away [jody lloyd]

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