Latest Fallout has lift off
Fresh from the release of their second music video, Hamilton band The Latest Fallout are set to introduce their alternative pop punk sound to Matamata.
Fronted by former Matamata College student Brendan Pyper, the band comprises guitarist Jared Stevenson, drummer Jeremy Badger and bass player Matt Ogden.
They are performing an acoustic set at Matamata College on December 5, before headlining Matamata Piako youth event Road Rage on December 13 and Christmas in the Park on December 15.
Pyper, 25, who works on his dad’s Matamata farm and is studying music at Wintec, is the singer, as well as co-writer and manager of the band.
‘‘It’s really busy and sometimes drives me crazy but everything’s just got to get done,’’ he said.
The band released their debut EP August Sky in May 2012 and, after steady sales, signed with Wellington label Southern Collective Music in December.
They have supported some major New Zealand acts including Avalanche City, Ruby Frost, Knights of the Dub Table, Young Lyre, and Swifts and Sparrows.
Earlier this year, they performed at Waikato music festival Parachute, as well as One Sound, in Wellington and Carnival in Napier.
They have also played for Sir Colin Meads and Winston Peters and opened a Breakers game in front of 3000 people.
‘‘We have had a heap of little opportunities that are big for us but not really for anyone else,’’ Pyper said.
They are in the process of recording their debut self-titled album, which will feature two tracks from the EP and 11 new songs.
‘‘It’s quite a big thing for us having a full length as a debut album.’’
The album is being recorded on weekends in a home studio in New Plymouth by producer Sam Askew and is set to be released before January.
Pyper said he was concentrat- ing on being more than ‘‘just a singer’’ and was learning music theory and to play the guitar.
‘‘We are just really inspired by bands that are really good musically and bands that are good live. I’m just obsessed with that,’’ he said.
‘‘When you are better [live] than on the record, you can’t get better than that. That’s all we strive to do.’’
They were grateful to the managing director of Wintec’s music department, David Sidwell, for ‘‘throwing their name out so many times’’.
The band has released two music videos for singles New Tomorrow and Never Be The Same, which can be found on YouTube.
You can also find The Fallout on Facebook.
On the rise: The Latest Fallout singer Brendan Pyper, drummer Jeremy Badger, bass player Matt Ogden and guitarist Jared Stevenson.