The next generation – an Aotearoa perspective

Over the last couple of weeks, I have talked about Lorde and Brendon Thomas And The Vibes’ latest releases. I reckon that supporting the New Zealand music industry, whether by writing about it like me or even just giving them a listen on Spotify, is key for it to continue thriving. So, here are two other Kiwi up-and-coming bands.

Strangely Arousing

Don’t be put off by the name, but be ready for something exactly that. Strangely Arousing, the winners of Smokefree Pacifica Beats in 2013, are a mix of funk, reggae, and a little bit of kiwi. They have a style unmistakable for any other band, and they know how to perform. Seeing them as a guest act at this years SFPB competition was only an insight into where these five lads from Rotorua are heading within the music world.

Incorporating a Ska-Punk genre, and a similar style to 90’s band Sublime, Strangely takes classic reggae and turns it on it’s head. A completely different sound than what we are used to, but it’s also what we are into. Guaranteed, these guys are going to make it big in a couple years with an organic, NZ-made, sound like no other. Definitely a band to watch out for in the coming years.

Strangely Arousing are strangely arousing, and this gets them a 8/10. I’m keen to see what’s next, because these boys are going places.

Bakers Eddy

This band is for those who love Foo Fighters and Shihad. Bakers Eddy first formed while at Onslow College, Wellington. They take heavy guitar, loud bass and drums, combine it with lyrics to match, put them all together and make 90s/2000s styled music. Songs politically motivated, while others quite funny, Bakers Eddy will have you headbanging in no time.

I saw these guys live in February of 2017, and was thoroughly impressed. They have everything they need to make it in the music scene. A great look, catchy music and an entertaining show. Definitely a band to look out for in years to come, especially with songs like Something Outside and Wallbreaker. Both songs are captivating and interesting, and it’s hard to stop listening to them, which is what a good song should be able to do. The group ‘sing-a-longs’ create for something different and inviting for the audience to join in and be part of the band. It’s effect is irresistible.

With touring experience within NZ, and a tour over in Europe, these youngsters have perfected their stagecraft, making for an entertaining set. A band speaking to the millennials of the world, their shows are incredible, with jumping and dancing almost impossible not to do. They have opened for big names, like Highly Suspect in March 2016, who are becoming huge around the world, and Devilskin, New Zealand’s hometown metalheads. Not a show to be missed, cannot wait to see them again.

So there you have it, two incredible bands, two incredible shows, two promising futures. Make sure you drop them both a listen next time when flicking through music on Spotify or any other streaming app, and be sure to catch them when playing gigs around the country.