Killer band takes to play­ing guerilla gigs

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By ALAS­TAIR LYNN

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.

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