Good things take Time
But then people started turning heads and saying, ‘this guy is very good’. So, I think, yeah, you were definitely in the band from that point.’’
Not that he’d been invited to the Caledonian; when he climbed on stage everyone assumed someone else had asked him along.
This was the stuff though, especially for wide-eyed 16-yearolds. ‘‘So exciting, and so different to busking, people were actually listening. Then we started getting a lot more shows,’’ Gee says.
Musically, they were all about grunge. Well, it was the early 90s.
They churned out the likes of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Nirvana alongside The Pixies and Dinosaur Jnr. They were the right band, at the right time, in the right place.
At 17, and still at school, the ever-changing three-piece (now called The Tree People) got a Tuesday night residency at the Palladium.
‘‘We got $50 each and all the Sambuca we could drink,’’ says Gee. ‘‘We didn’t always make it to school on Wednesday.’’
The tipping point came in their final school year when the drummer’s then-girlfriend invited them to play the afterparty of Christchurch Girl’s end of year formal.
Now a four-piece with Matt Thomas on bass, she asked what the band wanted to call themselves, and he said The Feelers. No one’s sure why.
After rocking the party – then several more gigs – The Feelers name was embedded, despite the pleas of Gee’s mum, Jennifer, and even Reid, ‘‘I still don’t like IT,’’ he says.
The country’s fair dinkum rock stars are about to embark on a 25th anniversary tour.