A momentary altercation on a Christchurch primary school football field was the catalyst for a music partnership between James Reid and Hamish Gee that has spanned almost twenty years and brought us one of our best loved bands, The Feelers. Along the way they have amassed some remarkable statistics, a quarter of a million albums sold, five multi platinum albums, three number one albums, seven number one singles and more radio airplay than any other New Zealand artist or band since radio stats began in 1999.
The Feelers have gone from busking on street corners to becoming pioneers of the kiwi music industry, thanks largely to the song writing genius of James Reid. Now, after a six year break The Feelers are back with their new album ‘Hope Nature Forgives’ to be released on August 1st. A lot has happened in the lives of James and Hamish since their last multi platinum offering, ‘One World.’ Hamish got married; James has welcomed his first child and ‘got arrested more times than is humanly possible for doing diddly squat’ (in his own words!). They have also welcomed two new arrivals to the band, guitarist Andy Lynch (formerly of Zed) and bass player Clint Harris (Opshop). “It’s great to have the four of us in the room playing together, we are having a lot of fun, it’s the way music should be made,” says James.
This new, reinvigorated unit penned more than fifty songs for the album, which were eventually whittled down to thirteen, including the spectacular first single ‘Blue Skies’. “Basically our pets and our mothers dictate if a track is going to make it onto the album, if our cat leaves the room then we just move on to the next one,” laughs James. Feline critics aside, the pair take their song writing and music making very seriously. It’s been a full time job for as long as they can remember, “we spend a third of our time in the studio, a third on the road and a third watching Star Trek,” jokes Hamish.
2011 is shaping up to be a big year for the boys from Christchurch. The second single off the album is the unofficial song for the Rugby World Cup, Jesus Jones’ ‘Right Here, Right Now’, a choice that turned out to be surprisingly controversial. “I think it’s ironic that people criticised it for not being a New Zealand song, I mean, the Rugby World Cup is an international event,” says Hamish. Any detractors won’t be keeping it off their set list, it’s already become a firm fan favourite and the boys will per- form the song during their upcoming New Zealand tour and at various events around the world cup. “The best part about it has been getting an email from Mike Edwards who wrote the song, saying it was the best version they’d ever heard, including their own,” says Hamish.
The bond between the pair and their commitment to constantly ‘bettering’ their music continues to drive The Feelers after eighteen years jamming together, “music is always going to be my art and my love, eventually I’ll write a book but until then I have music, “ says James. “My motivation is purely financial, I just can’t think of anything else I would rather do,” jokes Hamish. ‘Hope Nature Forgives’ was produced by The Feelers at their home studio then recorded at York Street and Roundhead studios, mixed by Tim Palmer (David Bowie, U2, Pearl Jam, The Cure) in Austin Texas and mastered by Justin Shturtz, Sterling Sound NY. Their nationwide tour will be launched in Auckland on 14th July at The Howick Club, before heading the length and breadth of the country. The Feelers will play 18 gigs in all, with Australian rockers ‘Thirsty Merc’ coming along for the ride. The Feelers are promising one of their best live shows yet, “our set lists just keep getting longer and longer, we will probably play for well over two hours this time around,” says Hamish. And fans can rest assured they will be revisiting all their biggest hits with a new found enthusiasm, “I have mem- ory problems so when we play the old stuff its like I’m playing it for the first time. Wow, what’s that track? Venus... great song dude,” laughs James.” For more information, images or music, or to set up interviews with The Feelers contact:
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THE FEELERS ARE JAMES REID, HAMISH GEE, ANDY LYNCH & CLINT HARRIS
Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest acts and pioneers of a South Pacific reggae/roots sound, The Black Seeds have carved out their reputation on the back of multi-platinum albums and a masterful live show that’s been filling dance floors for over a decade. While firmly based in the island grooves that inspired the birth of the band over a decade ago, their music has cast a wide net, winning fans and wowing audiences across the globe. Layering funk, soul, afro-beat, and other eclectic elements over their dub and reggae foundations, The Black Seeds infuse raw energy and good vibes wherever they go making the band a regular fixture at the world’s leading music festivals and venues. Since 1998, vocals led be Barnaby Weir and Daniel Weetman have been the driving force behind expressing The Black Seeds message. Conscious lyrics convey personal triumphs and failures, relationships good and bad, and are underpinned by a constant optimism. The Black Seeds released their debut album Keep On Pushing in 2001, which despite a minimal marketing budget, went on to reach platinum sales in New Zealand.
The 2016 year is set to be a busy one for The Black Seeds as the band begin the recording of their long-awaited sixth album with new guitarist Ned Ngatae. Also on the cards is a limited edition vinyl release for their iconic Into The Dojo album, marking the 10th anniversary of the album’s release. This year also holds in store the band’s first ever tour of Brasil and a return to Canada.
dDub are one of New Zealand’s best loved live acts. Engaging and uplifting, the dDub crew propel their way seamlessly through a powerful and non-stop reggae/roots explosion. Horns, harmonies, and hands-high dDub tunes combine to create an elevating musical experience not to be missed. Renowned for their 'cranking and skanking' live shows, the band never fails to connect with the crowd and they have become firm favourites at many nationwide outdoor festivals in NZ.
With many nationwide tours under their belt, dDub’s live performance repertoire is impressive. dDub has performed to thousands of New Zealanders over the past 10 years, including an 8000 strong crowd at Queenstown’s Winter Festival where they were brought back on stage for three pumping encores, two Womad performances to 10,000 people, and brought New Years in, over the midnight slot with a massive set to 15,000 people at Rhythm and Vines, Gisborne.As well as covering the length and breadth of New Zealand, dDub have also toured Australia three times. The gigs covered Sydney, Byron Bay, and Brisbane culminating in a sell-out show in Melbourne.
dDub released their 2nd full length album ‘Medicine Man’ to another round of 4 and 5 star reviews Nationwide. Medicine Man spent 3 weeks on the National Top 40 album charts and debuted at number 2 on the Independent Charts and iTunes New Zealand.
dDub have performed extensively, sharing stages with other high profile acts such as The Black Seeds, Katchafire, Tiki, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Six60, Kora, and Opshop.
dDub are known in the business to be one of the most committed and professional live acts in New Zealand.
A professional five piece band with a line up of vocals, guitar, keyboard, bass and drums. The band members hail from Northland Rachelle Campbell (vocals & percussion), Denise Stothart ( keyboard & vocals), Laurie Gray (guitar & vocals), Tony Harrison (bass & vocals) and Phil Gore (drums). Rangitane Riot’s repertoire includes classics from the 70s to today. With over 40 years of collective experience in the music industry, the band’s bookings have included the 10 year anniversary of the Turner Centre Kerikeri, Paihia Street Party, Be Free Concert Paihia, Mangonui Waterfront Festival, fundraisers and private functions.
Are a six-piece band based in Northland, New Zealand.Combining the varied musical backgrounds of all six members, the Farandicus soundis smooth, clean and soulful. Currently at work on their first album, the group plays a a tight set of original music. Their songs are varied, and can be hard to pin down to a specific genre, but the soul and funk influences shine through most clearly.
Cake and Eat It
All members of Cake & Eat It come from an extensive and professional background of music and live performance. With years of experience locally and internationally there is a polished clean sound with this acoustic trio that emanates unmistakable vocal expertise, musicality and energy.
Cake & Eat It are extremely versatile as a trio and due to each members ability to sing and play instruments they are available to perform as a full band, trio, duo or solo act for any occasion.
They have original music and a wide range of cover songs in their repertoire and have several live performances/interviews etc available to view on You Tube.
Each member lives and breathes the gift of music and love collaborating with other like-minded, humble musicians and also enjoy mentoring and encouraging up & coming acts.