New Auckland surf band is making debut in Hamilton
A new surf band with an authentic 60s sound is bringing its debut live performance to Hamilton, despite being based in Auckland.
The Cthulus are playing at Nivara Lounge on Saturday, September 29, before what will be their first hometown performance in October.
Guitarist Michael Simons, aka Skinny, describes The Cthulus as “an instrumental surf band with an authentic 60s sound and a heavy tone — we play Fender Jaguars and use drop tunings”.
The four-piece band does have something of a local connection, with both Skinny and second guitarist Sam Moore having lived here in the past.
“I’ve been into surf music since I was a kid in Hamilton and a friend gave me a copy of The Trashmen’s Surfin’ Bird LP, which is still one of my favourite records. I’ve wanted to form a surf band for ages, but never could find the right people until hooking up with these guys.”
Skinny has played in Hamilton with his former punk band Somebody’s Sons, while Moore has gigged here with his other band, Invisible Threads.
The Cthulus will be joined by long-running local surf rock combo The Hollow Grinders, as well as Halcyon Birds and Landlords.
Halcyon Birds are a local duo whose ethereal songs are composed of minimalist guitar sounds and beautiful vocals.
Landlords are a new threepiece band playing dynamic shoegaze-influenced rock. The Hollow Grinders will also be releasing their new second album Surfin’ Taniwha on the night.
“I’ve been a fan of The Hollow Grinders since the early 2000s, and Sam knows those guys from his Hamilton days too, so we’re stoked to be playing our first show with them,” says Skinny.
■ The Cthulus, The Hollow Grinders, Halcyon Birds + Landlords, live at Nivara Lounge, Hamilton, Saturday September 29. Bands start 9pm, $10 on the door.
Landlords play “dynamic shoegaze-influenced rock.”
Minimalist guitar sounds and beautiful vocals are the hallmark of Halcyon Birds.