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Waikato Times - - Your Weekend - Rose Hoare

I don’t of­ten envy other peo­ple’s lives, but I did feel a slight tug of some­thing green-eyed when I met Alien Weaponry, the teenagers grac­ing this week’s cover.

Af­ter years slug­ging it out on the Rock­quest cir­cuit, the thrash metal band they formed in pri­mary school is swiftly be­com­ing an in­ter­na­tional sen­sa­tion. Their de­but al­bum went straight to No 1 in the charts, they’re up for four NZ Mu­sic Awards next week and are about to head off on a tour of Amer­ica. Check­ing YouTube, I see that this news has been greeted by floods of tears from over­whelmed teenage fans.

One mem­ber, 16-year-old Lewis de Jong, also hap­pens to be in his high school’s steel­pan band, The Pan­i­mals. When Your Week­end vis­ited, he was highly dis­tracted by a song he’d writ­ten for this out­fit, and showed us a video clip of it be­ing per­formed live, as he bounded around in a tie-dyed T-shirt and shades. Oh to be young, care­free and tal­ented! As much as I love edit­ing mag­a­zines, I find there’s just never enough steel­pan drums in­volved.

There is some­thing very ap­pro­pri­ate about Alien Weaponry’s blend of metal and te reo Ma¯ori, and some­thing very funny about see­ing hard­ened fans in Slove­nia rais­ing their fists in solidarity and singing in uni­son, WHAKARONGO [‘‘lis­ten’’].

They make it sound like it’s an an­cient, mys­ti­cal word for some­thing very tough, rather than a word fraz­zled par­ents and teach­ers around New Zealand use to try to get their kids’ at­ten­tion. See page 8.

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