Artist profile: Hide and Tallow

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Hide and Tallow is the latest musical offering from multi instrumentalist, Reyahn Leng. Photo: Alan Kenyon
Hide and Tallow is the latest musical offering from multi instrumentalist, Reyahn Leng. Photo: Alan Kenyon

If you hear an eerie sound emanating from a garage in the small town of Kaiwaka, don’t be alarmed, chances are it’s Reyahn Leng tinkering with his latest musical venture Hide and Tallow.

Hide and Tallow is Leng’s first project since finishing as the drummer for the highly acclaimed Auckland group An Emerald City.

Purchasing an old Hammond organ and cutting it up for transport back to Kaiwaka in his small Honda City car, Leng set about building the foot piano that would become an integral part of the Hide and Tallow experience.

After much experimentation and some real Kiwi ingenuity, Hide and Tallow emerged from the shadows, getting air time on BFM, and fast becoming a mainstay on the K’Rd live music scene in Auckland.

Leng says of the evolution of Hide and Tallow: “It took around two weeks with my amateur craftsmanship skills to put the case together for my foot piano, then creating enough songs to play live shows took just over a year.”

This winter has been a period of hibernation for Leng, as he works on new material, and soundproofing his garage so as not to upset the neighbours.

He hopes to schedule more shows shortly and take advantage of the busy summer festival season, having been a highlight at the Chronophonium Festival in the past.

The Hide and Tallow live experience is certainly a unique one. It will leave you wondering how one man can produce such a depth of sound, and also leave you questioning your multi-tasking skills.

It’s best to watch the genre-defying artist’s video for the single A Barren Cup to get an accurate idea of the unique talent Leng possesses.

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