The starting lineup
The Black Seeds’ sixth studio album Fabric is released this week – the band’s first album in more than five years. Vocalist and guitarist Barnaby Weir reminisces about the early days of a band that would grow up to become The Black Seeds.
“We’re on Willis St outside Bar Bodega. Rich and Shannon were the guys who instigated the band, really. It was like our first official photo shoot. Rich was working at Radioactive in sales, Shannon was working there as a DJ and making ads. I was volunteering there and I was about to start doing more work for them. Dan had just come down from Gisborne, he was friends with Rich. Brett and I had been friends for a long time. We went to the same primary school, Kelburn Normal, although he’s about three years older. Marmalade Studios was in the same building as Radioactive in Wellington on Victoria St. They were having a Christmas party, called the Marmalade Jam. They were inviting different people to make up a band of random people and so we thought we’d be the guys in the Radioactive band. I think we called it like, the Active Assassins or something like that. The idea was that everyone would do a few Kiwi covers and we’d record the live recording, and then you get a CD for Christmas as like a staff present. We did a couple of covers – one was Love You Like I Should. That made it on the CD and it was pretty bad.
We were starting to become a real band at this point, actually have our own songs and regular rehearsals. We were rehearsing in Rich’s garage – it was quite a big carpark in a Wellington apartment block. On a Sunday at 3pm, we’d pick up the amps from his house and go down in the lift and everyone’s kind of going about their Sunday thing. We’d set up in the corner of the garage, totally blasting the whole space. He got permission from the landlord and we’d make a lot of noise for about two hours.
He didn’t have a professional drum stool – he bought an old-school office chair, which was not a great drum chair, but he liked it. It had arms on it, and legs that you couldn’t fold up, so it was a total mare to put in the trailer. It didn’t stack, you couldn’t take it apart. About 2001, we were doing a few gigs around New Zealand and were getting a lot of s... about it. One day we just accidentally/on purpose left it on a stage somewhere: “Let’s just hide this here, over to the side…” Britt Mann
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