Trio en­joy good laugh

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

The boys from Hol­ly­wood­fun Down­stairs know how to have a good laugh and rock the hell out of their in­stru­ments.

The trio is made up of two former Toko­roa lo­cals, Kurt Wil­liam, Grant Gall and Welling­to­nian Tim My­hill.

Kurt de­scribes the band’s mu­sic as ‘‘in­die noise pop’’, a term the band mem­bers have coined them­selves.

‘‘Our mu­sic fits into so many cat­e­gories but doesn’t really fit into one,’’ Kurt said. ‘‘We had to make up a genre.’’

The band was formed in 2008 and has come full cir­cle in the past year.

‘‘We are about to go into the stu­dio to record our full length al­bum with the help of well-known pro­duc­ers like Mike Gib­son who has worked with Ladi 6, Trin­ity Roots and Fur Pa­trol.’’ Kurt said. The al­bum has the band’s orig­i­nal tracks.

‘‘It’s all orig­i­nal songs,’’ Tim said. ‘‘We all have dif­fer­ent tastes in the mu­sic we lis­ten to, Grant likes 50s and 60s pop, I like rock, in­die and Kurt likes ev­ery­thing.’’

Asked what song is their guilty plea­sure, the trio think hard.

‘‘Ok, I’ll be straight with you,’’ Tim says. ‘‘ Rosanna by Toto, I se­cretly lis­ten to that song be­cause I se­cretly love it.’’ he said.

‘‘I s’pose all my mu­sic is kind of em­bar­rass­ing to a cer­tain ex­tent,’’ Grant says. ‘‘ The Hol­lies? I don’t know.’’

Kurt’s guilty plea­sure takes the group by sur­prise.

‘‘Ok, when I was five I asked my dad to buy me the Cul­ture Club tape, be­cause I loved Karma Chameleon.’’

Hol­ly­wood­fun Down­stairs will launch their EP Al­bum in Toko­roa on March 1, at the Toko­roa Cricket Club start­ing at 9pm.

South Waikato News has a copy of the bands al­bum So Post Mod­ern. To win just tell us what is Kurt Wil­liams guilty plea­sure. Send your an­swer to swaikato.ed­i­tor@wrcn.co.nz. En­tries close Fe­bru­ary 25.

Photo: CHRIS WIL­LIAMS

ROCK­ING IT: Kurt Wil­liams for­merly of Toko­roa is the lead singer for Hol­ly­wood­fun Down­stairs.

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