Speech Act Theory is an Alternative / Downtempo / Electronica band based in Auckland, New Zealand. Initially a studio concept which started in the later part of 2019, producer/musician Pete Hickman wanted to create an electronica project that paid homage to his influences such as groups like Zero 7, Massive Attack, Ultraísta, Boards of Canada, Death in Vegas, UNKLE among many more. The idea was to fuse electronica music with live acoustic drums and other live instruments. This is where Pete met drummer Ben Bradford who shared the same vision to bring their love of electronica and live band music together.
They recorded and produced their debut single ‘Holding Out’ in the beginning part of 2021 themselves. The single was picked up by New Zealand Independent Electronic / Experimental label ‘Blood and Wires’ and released on Aug 9th 2021.