Hard rock act work­ing their way to the top

Upper Hutt Leader - - CONVERSATIONS - MATTHEWTSO

‘‘It's quite hard work putting out a CD th­ese days. Get­ting into the New Zealand charts was a bit of an achieve­ment for us.’’

It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock’n’roll and Aaron Lud­low is not get­ting ahead of him­self.

The gui­tarist from the Lower Hutt hard rock out­fit Curlys Jewels said the band had had a big 12 months and were keen to ride the high as long as pos­si­ble.

With a North Is­land tour un­der their belt and hav­ing opened for Kiwi rock leg­ends Head Like a Hole, 2017 had been huge for the Curlys with Lud­low rank­ing the re­lease of their EP, The Skin We Shed, at the top of their list of achieve­ments.

The record peaked at num­ber 11 on the Of­fi­cial New Zealand NZ Al­bum Chart and spawned the sin­gle Bas­tard Fate which de­buted at num­ber one on the New Zealand iTunes rock chart and reached num­ber four on the New Zealand heat seeker sin­gles chart.

‘‘It’s quite hard work putting out a CD th­ese days. Get­ting into the New Zealand charts was a bit of an achieve­ment for us.’’

De­spite be­com­ing more se­ri­ous about their mu­sic, he was not ready to chuck in his job in busi­ness man­age­ment just yet. Like most New Zealand mu­si­cians, the band’s mem­bers work day jobs to sup­port their pas­sion.

The band started as an acous­tic two-piece in 2011 and over the years gained a drum­mer and bassist.

They had been play­ing reg­u­lar gigs and fes­ti­vals through­out 2017 and were be­gin­ning to carve out a place for them­selves within the Kiwi rock scene, Lud­low said.

Their rep­u­ta­tion as a hard hit­ting act earned them an in­vi­ta­tion to sup­port New Zealand metal band Devil­skin and Sumo Cyco from Canada at an al­ready sold out show at Welling­ton’s San Fran on Oc­to­ber 13.

Lud­low said play­ing along­side big acts such as Head Like a Hole and Devil­skin was ‘‘pretty cool’’.

‘‘They are real leg­ends in New Zealand rock. We are fans of their mu­sic and it’s a bit of a priv­i­lege to share a stage and their au­di­ence.’’

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