New Auck­land surf band is mak­ing de­but in Hamil­ton

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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.

Photo / Ngamihi Pawa

Land­lords play “dy­namic shoegaze-in­flu­enced rock.”

Photo / Sup­plied

Min­i­mal­ist gui­tar sounds and beau­ti­ful vo­cals are the hall­mark of Hal­cyon Birds.

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