Queenstowners will be the first to hear new music live from Kiwi rock icons The Feelers when they roll into town next weekend.
The band is preparing to start their 25th anniversary tour in Queenstown at this year’s Winter Festival, with a special gig alongside fellow Kiwi musos The Black Seeds.
Drummer and founding member Hamish Gee reckons the band has more energy now than they did quarter of a century ago.
“We love doing it.
“We’ve got more energy for it these days than in our 20s, as you get older you’ve got to try harder.”
That’s despite slowing down touring as time went on, he says.
“We’ve all got families and other jobs, we used to tour relentlessly but we’ve been a bit slack on it.”
The Feelers burst onto the scene with their 1998 album Supersystem, which won album of the year at the 1999 NZ Music Awards and featured hit single Venus
That was followed up by 2001’s Communicate and 2003’s Playground Battle, which went double and triple platinum respectively.
There’ve been a few line-up changes throughout the years. These days the band consists of gee, fellow founding member James Reid on vocals, guitarist Andy Lynch, and bassist Clint arris.
Lynch might be familiar to some as a former member of bands Zed and Atlas, while Harris was a member of chart-toppers Opshop.
The band recently released a new song online, and Gee says they’ll play it live for the first time in Queenstown.
The resort has proven to be a good stomping ground for the band in the past.
“Our singer James met a guy from the Czech Republic in Queenstown once, and he ended up by being a huge champion for us in Europe, and we toured Europe,” Gee says.
“You never know what you’re going to get in Queenstown.”
He reckons the setlist for Queenstown could be pretty long.
“I dare not throw something off the list, because you always get someone coming up to you after the show.”
There were usually a few Lisas miffed if single Fishing For Lisadidn’t make the cut, he says with a laugh.
With the new song out in the world, could there be a new album in the pipeline as well?
The band hasn’t released one since Hope Nature Forgives in 2011.
Gee’s pretty confident there’s one in the works.
“We’ll keep chipping away, we’ve definitely got more songs we need to record.”
To see The Feelers take to the stage alongside The Black Seeds and Shaka Loves You, head along to the Bath House stage, 12pm-5pm, Sunday June 24, Free