Band’s song hits No 1

Stratford Press - - News - By ILONA HANNE

A Taranaki band have started the year as they hope to go on, with a No 1 spot on the New Zealand iTunes rock chart.

La­conic Ze­phyr had two songs reach the No 1 spot on the chart in 2018, and singer / bass gui­tarist Joss Bines says they were thrilled to start the new year with a third song claim­ing the spot.

She says the band were per­form­ing at the Waitara Tav­ern on New Year’s Eve when their pro­ducer called just af­ter mid­night.

“He asked if we re­alised our song was not only in the No 1 spot, but had knocked Queen’s Bohemian Rhap­sody off it!”

The song, Where I Came From was writ­ten by Joss, who de­scribes it as a per­fect sum­mer an­them.

“It’s got a huge an­them line that peo­ple can sing along with and en­joy.”

She says the song is writ­ten from the heart, and re­flects on how ev­ery­one can face chal­lenges in life at times.

“It’s pos­i­tive though as it also talks about how the best is yet to come, and I think that will res­onate with peo­ple and gives it that feel good fac­tor.”

While Joss her­self is from Welling­ton orig­i­nally, the art­work for the song cer­tainly has a Taranaki flavour, with Strat­ford’s glock­en­spiel a main fea­ture. The mu­sic video for the song is still be­ing de­vel­oped, and is likely to in­clude footage from the band’s next per­for­mance, which takes place in New Ply­mouth tonight at the TSB Fes­ti­val Of The Lights.

As well as Joss, the Taranaki band fea­tures singer Kama An­trobus, drum­mer Glenn Smith, and gui­tarists Jason Ols­son and Joe Cald­well.

Joss says she and her band­mates have no plans of slow­ing down or rest­ing on their lau­rels, with the band also booked to per­form at Paepae In The Park in patea on Wai­tangi Day.

“Be­fore then I am head­ing to the stu­dio in Auck­land to record some more mu­sic, and we are all look­ing for­ward to book­ing more events over the next few months.”

While the band are proudly Taranaki based, their mu­sic is an in­ter­na­tional ef­fort at times, with mas­ter­ing of their sin­gles done in the UK, by Jon Ast­ley a mas­ter­ing en­gi­neer and pro­ducer who has worked with a wide range of bands and artists in­clud­ing The Who, Eric Clap­ton, Tori Amos, Ju­das Priest, Paul Mc­Cart­ney, Sting and Led Zep­pelin.

Be­fore their mu­sic reaches Jon it has first been recorded in a stu­dio on Oakura, then sent to Auck­land based pro­ducer mPHATic says Joss.

■ La­conic Ze­phyr are play­ing tonight, Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 9, on the Hatch­ery Lawn, Pukekura Park in New Ply­mouth from 9pm. Free en­try.

The mem­bers of Taranaki band La­conic Ze­phyr are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter a third song of theirs has hit the No 1 spot on the New Zealand iTunes rock chart. Back: Jason Ols­son, Glenn Smith and Joe Cald­well. Front: Kama An­trobus and Joss Bines.

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