New record and home­town gigs as band plans big year

Kes­sel ex­plore new ideas to ex­tend di­ver­sity of orig­i­nal songs after years of hard work

Whanganui Chronicle - - News - Zaryd Wil­son

Whanganui rock band Kes­sel hope to turn two and half years of graft into a suc­cess­ful 2019. The four-piece band kicks off the new year with two home­town gigs and front­man Ja­son Lane hopes to end it with a record and good lineup of sum­mer shows.

Lane, Tim Archer, Si­mon Grant and Alex Marsh came to­gether over Easter in 2016 to form Kes­sel after stints in var­i­ous Whanganui cov­ers bands.

“Tim and I were a bit over do­ing the cov­ers thing and de­cided to form a band,” Lane says.

Since then Kes­sel have played var­i­ous Whanganui shows and hit the road to Hamil­ton, Auck­land and New Ply­mouth.

“It really came out of nowhere. It was all orig­i­nal, all new and we’ve been go­ing great guns ever since try­ing to play more in town and get a bit of a sup­port base,” Lane says.

“After get­ting a bit more com­fort­able the songs are get­ting more com­plex in places and there’s more ideas be­ing thrown into the ring to make sure there’s more di­ver­sity.

“The cool thing is now we’ve got enough songs that we can select what kind of gig we’re play­ing.”

Kes­sel play at the Ca­boo­dle as part of Vin­tage Week­end from 3pm to 4pm on Jan­uary 19 and are also plan­ning a fundrais­ing gig for Chron­i­cle Records at Lucky Bar + Kitchen on Fe­bru­ary 1.

They were in the process of record­ing four new tracks at Chron­i­cle Records when it was bro­ken into late last year with equip­ment stolen and dam­aged, in­clud­ing a hard drive with the band’s record­ings.

“We’re con­fi­dent that our stuff’s still on it but we need to pay to get it fixed,” Lane said.

He hoped to in­vite other bands which had recorded at Chron­i­cle Records to join the gig with money raised go­ing to cover the costs of what they’ve lost or to get gear re­paired.

“I guess what peo­ple don’t re­alise is the knock-on ef­fect of some­thing like that. Peo­ple might break in some­where, take a cou­ple of mi­cro­phones, a gui­tar, mess stuff up, but it’s not just that,” he said.

“How many peo­ple were booked in there to record? How many Whanganui mu­si­cians have been af­fected? How many other peo­ple’s work was on that com­puter?

“Years and years of hard work goes into the point where you can get into the stu­dio to be ready to have some­thing recorded pro­fes­sion­ally and for now that is gone.”

Kes­sel plan to fin­ish the record­ing of four songs they have al­most com­pleted to go with two oth­ers al­ready avail­able to stream on­line and then work to­wards hav­ing enough for an al­bum.

Lane says it’s been “re­fresh­ing” to write and record orig­i­nal mu­sic.

“Be­cause you don’t know what’s go­ing to hap­pen.

“Ev­ery sin­gle song has been all four of us con­tribut­ing to make the song com­pletely dif­fer­ent to what it was at the start.

“You can hear how a song started and how it fin­ished up and we want to keep do­ing that.”

“It’s a pretty cool thing to be do­ing and that just comes with same guys in the same room do­ing the same thing all the time and lis­ten­ing to ev­ery­one’s ideas.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit kes­sel.co.nz

Kes­sel, formed in Whanganui in 2016, be­gin the year with home­town gigs.

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