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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.

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