Band splits while they're ahead
Nelson's favourite up-and-coming indie rockers are breaking up - just two months after receiving a $10,000 grant from NZ on Air.
The Peasants' drummer and spokesman, Chris Phillips, has announced that the seven band members will be going their separate ways at the end of this month.
Chris said the split was "real gutting" because the band had recorded their first single, Letting Go, at York Street Studio in Auckland earlier this year, and produced a video for it.
The Peasants, from Garin College, became the first Nelson band in nearly 20 years to win Smokefreerockquest last year.
Their performance highlights have included playing at Parliament's Grand Hall in June, helping to raise funds for Haiti and Nepal, and performing to Rockquest fans at the last round of this year's regional finals.
Chris said having seven band members made the logistics of management tough, particularly when some were still at school.
He said several "key players" had developed different ideas about the band's future, leading to the split. "It's just a case of not all members having the same kind of idea in their head about where [the band] is going to go."
He said the experience had not been wasted, and every member would take what they had learned with them to their next project. Most planned to continue making or producing music as a career, and some were keen to keep performing together in a separate post-Peasants project.
"It's been such a fantastic foot in the door to the music industry, and we've all learnt and developed so much."
He said the NZ on Air grant was being held by manager Ashley Page until the band figured out an appropriate use for it.
The Peasants' last gig will be at the Nelson A&P Show in Richmond on November 24.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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