Killer band takes to playing guerilla gigs
Local up-and-coming band Harvey Knows A Killer is literally taking over the streets of Auckland.
On the back of an explosive tour to promote their debut album, the band now turns to their home city with a creative new performance in mind.
‘‘We’ve started doing guerilla gigs,’’ guitarist and vocalist Rewi McLay says.
‘‘We essentially just pop up in the middle of town with a generator and play a set. It’s quite nice because we’re really stripped back, no-one goes in there expecting a band to be playing.’’
Working independently from a label while holding down fulltime jobs means the band needs to think outside the box when it comes to promotion.
‘‘In Napier we got about 100 people listening in one hour ... we’ll be popping up somewhere around here soon,’’ McLay says.
The five-piece group originally met eight years ago at Western Springs College.
With a self-described style of ‘‘southern fried voodoo funk’’, the band has tried to stick to the ‘‘tastes of yesteryear’’.
‘‘It’s an eclectic sound for an eclectic audience,’’ keyboard player and vocalist Dillon Riesterer says.
‘‘We have a mix up of a couple of genres like blues, psychedelic, rock ’ n’ roll, soul.
‘‘Everyone in the band has different influences, that’s how we get our sound.’’
Their debut album, Rhythmic Slither, took two years to develop and was released in December 2014.
Since then, a string of shows and a North Island tour has allowed the band to enjoy the fruits of their labour.
‘‘It’s exciting,’’ bassist and backing vocalist Joss Colling says.
‘‘From the hard work that we’ve put in over the years it’s really great to see the reaction from everyone.
‘‘We’ve got the goods, now it’s just a matter of getting it out there to the masses.’’
While the dreaded second album may install fear in the hearts of many musicians, the band is excited to tackle the next big step in the world of professional music.
‘‘There’s a massive catalogue we can tap into,’’ McLay says.
‘‘We’re looking at working on six to 10 new originals with the hopes to record them for our next album.
‘‘Now we’re at the point where we believe in what we’re doing . . . it’s only going to get better from here.’’
Dillon Riesterer, Joss Colling and Rewi McLay of Auckland band Harvey Knows A Killer.