18 February 2020

Womad audiences to dine on Soaked Oats

With their foodie name and a stone fruit-inspired album, Kiwi band Soaked Oats promise to bring their sweet, summery tasting sound to the stage, as well as the festival kitchen, at Womad NZ next month.

One of 10 acts to swap their mics and instruments for pots and pans at OMV Taste the World, where the festival artists serve up their favourite dishes, the indie 'sludge-pop' group are looking forward to their stint creating in the Womad kitchen just as much as performing their music.

Former flatmates, the band of four from the South Island have plenty of experience working together in the kitchen, a rapport they hope will serve them well in front of the Taste the World audience.

Soaked Oats: Oscar Mein, Henry Francis, Conor Feehly and Max Holmes.
(Soaked Oats: Oscar Mein, Henry Francis, Conor Feehly and Max Holmes.)

"We have all lived together in the past, so we know each other quite well in the kitchen," said lead guitarist Henry Francis. "We are really close – as long as everyone does the dishes." 

Along with Henry, who is based in Dunedin, Soaked Oats is made up of Oscar Mein (Christchurch) on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Max Holmes (Christchurch) on bass, and Conor Feehly (Dunedin) on drums. 

Henry hopes that the audience who come to see Soaked Oats cook at Taste the World will learn a bit about the relationships between the band members.

"Those relationships are an important part of why we play music together and why we are still a band. And I hope they learn a little bit about cooking – maybe just some little tricks that we'll have up our sleeves by then."

As for the reason for naming the band Soaked Oats – the cereal was the food of choice during the early days of the band, Henry says.

"Oats just sort of jumped out. At the time, we were eating quite a lot of them, recording and writing songs, and thought, these are wholesome, keep us full and seemed relatively healthy, which are things we all want to be but aren't very often."

Soaked Oats' OMV Taste the World cooking demonstration takes place at 5pm, Sunday 15 March. The band will play twice at Womad – on the Gables Stage at 6.15pm on Saturday, March 14, and again on the Gables Stage at noon Sunday, March 15.


OMV Taste the World line-up, Kunming Stage:

Friday 13 March 2020

7:00pm - Ifriqiyya Electrique

9:15pm - Liniker e os Caramelows

Saturday 14 March 2020

1:00pm - Minyo Crusaders

3:00pm - David Fane

5:15pm - Marina Satti

7:30pm - Te Radar

Sunday 15 March 2020

1:00pm - RURA

3:00pm - Joanne Drayton

5:00pm - Soaked Oats

7:45pm - Albi & The Wolves