Killer Seas fly their rocky flag

01:29, Feb 06 2014
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The Killer Seas are spearheading a resurgence of indie rock in Queenstown, and play a release gig for their EP "White Flag" at The Find on Friday. Pictured are (from left) drummer Joel Rowlands, guitarist and chief songwriter Joe Cowie, Bassist Andy Paterson, and singer Tai Forrester. 

Queenstown's music scene is undergoing an original rock revival with The Killer Seas leading the charge.

The powerhouse band, formed late last year by Joe Cowie, already has a string of well-received gigs under their belt and will release an EP, White Flag, this week. The release will be marked by a gig at The Find on Friday night.

Guitarist and songwriter Cowie roped in talented local vocalist Tai Forrester as a frontman, well-known drummer Joel Rowlands and bassist Andy Paterson to lock down the rhythm section, harnessing the collective years of experience into a unique sound.

"We are all about fuzzy, bluesy rock, dosed with a lot of soul, and everyone in the band is really experienced, so everything's got up and running really quickly," he said.

While that kind of rock has had a resurgence around the world, with Jack White's various bands and The Black Keys as standard bearers, The Killer Seas add more aggression to the usual mix.

The band has already sparked lots of interest, and aim to tour the lower South Island soon, as well as shoot a video clip.


White Flag is available for download on


What: The Killer Seas release gig for EP White Flag

Where: The Find

When: Starting at 9pm with the band on stage at 9.30pm

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