Not wait­ing Un­til Au­tumn

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - By KRIS DANDO

Un­til Au­tumn are en­joy­ing a boun­ti­ful sum­mer.

The band, made up of stu­dents from Aotea and Tawa col­leges, have not rested on their lau­rels since tak­ing out the Welling­ton re­gional Smoke­free­rock­quest in June. They re­cently played to packed au­di­ences at two stages at the Para­chute Fes­ti­val near Hamil­ton, have made a video for their song Don’t Go and are soon to re­lease a five-track EP ti­tled Vi­sions.

Dont Go was co-di­rected by Corey Fuimaono and Li­nus Nel­son, both 17, through youth or­gan­i­sa­tion Zeal and was filmed at an aban­doned col­lege in Pe­tone.

‘‘ A lot of plan­ning and or­gan­is­ing went into the project,’’ the band’s drum­mer An­drew Ch­es­ney says.

‘‘The pro­duc­tion crew were fan­tas­tic, mak­ing our job easy and a lot of fun.’’

Lead singer James Gill says it wasn’t a walk in the park, be­cause they had to sing the song ‘‘about 50 times’’.

He says the Zeal team, who edited and added com­puter gen­er­ated im­agery to the video, were ‘‘amaz­ing’’.

The Para­chute Fes­ti­val opened more op­por­tu­ni­ties.

‘‘It was fan­tas­tic, meet­ing big US bands, talk­ing to heavy­weights in the in­dus­try and tak­ing part in classes like song­writ­ing was really valu­able. We sold way more band mer­chan­dise like posters and T- shirts than we thought, really got our names out there and were stoked with the re­ac­tion from the crowds.’’

It’s a heady time for the five, who only came to­gether early in 2012. The Smoke­free- rock­quest was their third gig to­gether. They are try­ing to keep their feet on the ground and fin­ish their school­ing, all the while mak­ing plans for Un­til Au­tumn, Gill says.

‘‘ We really want to stay to­gether and do mu­sic, that’s our fo­cus. I think all bands want to play to big crowds and sign to a big la­bel but we have to keep work­ing hard to get our name out there. Get­ting on TV and ra­dio is im­por­tant and we want to push what we’ve done and write new ma­te­rial. We’re hop­ing the mu­sic video will be­come our busi­ness card.’’

Vi­sions will be avail­able from the band­camp or iTunes web­sites later this month. Visit www. un­ti­lau­tum­nof­fi­cial.band­camp.com or search for Un­til Au­tumn on YouTube to watch Don’t Go.

Photo: FAIRFAX NZ

On the rise: Un­til Au­tumn – Porirua and Tawa lads Brae­den Fos­ter, An­drew Ch­es­ney, James Gill, Peter Sim and Dan Cut­triss have been in­flu­enced by Bri­tish bands like Young Guns and You Me At Six. They are forg­ing a name on the New Zealand mu­sic scene.

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