However, the ever-expanding musical vision of the group’s multi-instrumentalist songwriter, Nick Harte, was ill-suited to the pigeon-holing required to become a crossover hit act. Instead of success, five years of silence followed as DFA dragged their heels on his new material and Harte was forced to find a new way forward. In the meantime, his world began to come apart – both figuratively and then literally – as his hometown of Christchurch was shattered by a devastating earthquake in 2011.
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In 2015, Nick Harte provided vocals and guitars for the track ‘Hotel Room’ by rapper/poet Dominic ‘Tourettes’ Hoey, which also included singing by Gemma Syme.
The name of Shocking Pinks’ first album is taken from the Prince lyric, “Good morning children, dance the dance electric.”