Lat­est Fall­out has lift off

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By NI­COLA STEWART ni­cola.stewart@wrcn.co.nz

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.

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Photo: HAN­NAH ROLFE

On the rise: The Lat­est Fall­out singer Bren­dan Pyper, drum­mer Jeremy Badger, bass player Matt Og­den and gui­tarist Jared Steven­son.

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