Hi Important Music Listener…
We’d like to invite all of you Wellingtonians to an EVENT!
Each year, Wham Bam Thank You Lamb showcases some incredibly fine and tasty local Wellington talent. Maybe you’d like to see some choice as originals bands and get your boogie on? Bet ya would!
We choose to showcase around ten bands in varying genres – although usually rock/prog rock.We choose a Sunday to make it easy for busy people to get to all or part of the gig, and We make it a high production value, to support these fabulous talents and make it truly enjoyable for the attendees. Oh and last, but not least, WE REALLY ENJOY SHARING AND HEARING THE MUSIC – so it’s only $5!
This year we are showcasing 11 (Yep ELEVEN) bands – culminating in the legendary Spines. Here’s a poster of goodness – and a bit about the bands…
Neverwoz is a band that combines songwriter Pete Baillie’s love of pop, rock, soul, funk, blues, folk, country, hip hop, and the surreal. Pete’s ambition is to write songs that get stuck in your head for days, so you walk around humming about love and loss, booze and beauty, world leaders and everyday losers. They have been part of the Wellington music scene since last year. Joining Pete are Gina on drums, Jonathan on bass and Megan on keys. They intend to record their debut album this year. https://www.facebook.com/Neverwoz
Emma Davey and the Monks of Cool
Emma Davey and the monks of cool have been described in the simplest of terms as a “class act”. Renowned Wellington vocalist Emma Davey delivers ear catching melodies guaranteed to have you humming along. Carefully crafted songs loosely sitting in the country genre but with a bit of sting in the tail. Sure to have you toe tapping, hip wiggling and even gently swaying. Embrace your inner country music fetish!!! (even if you don’t think you have one ) The Monks of Cool bring colour and depth to Emma’s classy compositions with twin guitars bass, keys, drums and the tightest vocal harmonies. http://emmadaveynz.wix.com/emmadaveythemonksofcool
Ken Double: guitar, vocals
Allan Street: bass, vocals
John McDonald: drums, vocals
Music is a force for peace, love, joy and healing throughout the world, but not on Lawnmaster’s watch. Lawnmaster is a three piece of hard-rocking veteran nonentities who stand astride the guitar/pop nexus with a proud yet unwarranted self-confidence. In their work they like to peel back the facade of our hollow daily lives and reveal the suppurating mess of misanthropy within. It’s easier than writing hits. So far they have a vinyl single thing (I’m a Danger to Myself/Skinny) and an album of demos on Bandcamp (Raindrops on Kittens) as proof of their existence. They played a wedding once. They have no tattoos. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lawnmaster/232217206824517
Three’s A Crowd
Three’s A Crowd are a rock band from Wellington, New Zealand. They are based in Upper Hutt and rehearse at Emerald Studios. The band formed in 2012 and now have over an hours worth of original tracks they play live. A debut recording is now in their minds after recently playing a couple festivals including Misty Mountain Hop Music Festival. Their 3 piece live sound is bound to take you by surprise and amaze you at it’s fullness. https://www.facebook.com/threesacrowdband
Monroe is a Wellington band to watch. Their sound is unique and still accessible with hints of early U2, Radiohead, The Beatles and Nirvana.
On stage the band present well and entertain the audience during and between tracks making for an excellent night out with friends. There is no room for arrogance here yet these guys love music and they clearly love how they play it which is refreshing to watch! New Zealand has no shortage of quality musicians and this band is set to be one of best produced in recent years. I eagerly await how they will grow their sound from what has been a promising beginning. https://www.facebook.com/monroenz
Curlys Jewels are from Wellington New Zealand, They are regarded as one of Wellington’s up and coming rock bands. On 25 April 2014 the band released their debut full length album called “No Apostrophe”. The album has a range of melodic rock songs with radio friendly hooks with the single “Away for the Weekend” featuring on radio stations in New Zealand and overseas.
Curlys Jewels will be touring New Zealand throughout 2014 to support the release of their album. If you get the chance to see this band make sure you go as Curlys Jewels put on an incredible live performance!
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Steezin’ Hawkings are a seven piece band based in Wellington. National Battle of the Bands finalists in 2012, their collective influences come together to create a unique blend of Funk, Neo-soul and Fusion. With heavy funk riffs and lush grooves Steezin’ Hawkings create a massive sound and are at the least, exciting. https://www.facebook.com/SteezinHawkings These guys – are gigging heaps at the moment – and are rated highly by notables such as John O’Connor and Brannigan Kaa.
A support band, subversive yet uplifting. We aim to enjoy our therapy and make you dance! Too old to wait! Genre – yes thanks! Formed in Wellington four years ago, Underwire have survived head injury, conflicting work schedules, rhythm section transplant and much worse to emerge stronger, more uplifting and ready to be heard.
An up and coming 3-piece instrumental trip-rock band currently hitting Wellington’s psychedelic music scene with style. Originally from Nelson, Triplet met at the local music school where they began writing together. Now all are Whitireia Music School graduands – they have been gigging frequently, breathing new life into the psychedelic/instrumental genre. Entertaining and energetic – a must see. https://www.facebook.com/TripletNZ
I wanted to feature the iconic Mr McLeary at this gig. He is one of the most prolific and fabulous writers in Wellington – prolly NZ actually! Jon has been gifting this music to us since the 80’s. For which I’m forever grateful.
Formed by Jon McLeary in 1981 around his songs, voice and guitar, The Spines are probably the only Wellington band from the early post-punk era to still be playing, having opened for The Buzzcocks no less in 2010. With arrangements featuring bagpipes and saxophones The Spines were perhaps too experimental/ folky to be easily identifiable as ‘punk’ but nonetheless had an audience in the hippy-punk scene of the early 1980s. The original line-up recorded at EMI in 1981 and released their first two singles, Fishing and Punch, on Auckland’s Ripper Records which featured some big name artists of the time The Androidss, Newmatics and The Swingers.
Described by Simon Grigg as having an almost “post gothic darkness about them” the mournful tone of their music coupled with the ethereal vibe of Naked Spots Dance and the political agit-punk of RIOT 111 for a boxing day gig at Rock Theatre in 1981 seems an appropriate way in which to send out the most violent year in modern New Zealand history. Following these initial singles The Spines released two albums on Wellington label Jayrem and Dunedin indie icon Flying Nun. Jon McLeary has continued the band through many amazing personnel changes. The current line-up features Les Knight on bass and Malcy Taylor on drums https://www.facebook.com/Spines.nz