Dunedin band pins hopes on auction

WILMA MCCORKINDALE
Last updated 17:31 13/06/2014
Summer Thieves
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HIGH HOPES: Aaron Smith, centre front, with Adam Spencer (front), Angus Cleland, Johnny Ward and Jake Barton.

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What better way to kick start your career than via an All Black bootie? 

All Black halfback Aaron Smith stole a little time out to help out promising Dunedin band Summer Thieves this morning ahead of this weekend's match against England in the city.

Smith handed over a signed All Black Jersey to help with the band's Kickstarter fund raising campaign towards producing its first album, recorded with multi-platinum Kiwi vocalist Tiki Taane at the University of Otago's Albany St studio earlier this year. 

The connections augur well for Summer Thieves members Jake Barton Angus Cleland, Adam Spencer, and Johnny Ward. After Taane's input a few years back, Kiwi band Six 60 rose to international success.

Summer Thieves, which backed up Six60 at this year's Otago Orientation gigs, needs to raise $20,000 to get the debut album out.

"I just wanted to help out really help out some locals," Smith said.

"A friend of mine said 'why don't you give them some money' and I thought 'I could give them something a bit better that could help."

Summer Thieves manager Jason Schroeder said the jersey was under the hammer on Trade Me with a decent reserve.

Barton said the boys in Summer Thieves, now in their 20s, have been playing together since their days at Dunedin's King's High School.

"So, we're living it rough but at the end of the day it's rewarding and doing all these songs - that's our passion, that's just what were all about."

Barton said the band hoped to have the album out and ready to go January.

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