Smorgasbord of sound


A group of lads from Sumner, Christchurch, are preparing to bring their very own brand of surf-funk to the snow.

The Butlers will arrive in town for the third time to play Yonder on Saturday.

It’s been a big 12 months or so for the Cantabrian five-piece, which includes George Berry, Walt Robberds, Bradley King, Jordan Kennedy and Stingy Holligan.

They recorded their first EP last year, and then played to tens of thousands of people at Rhythm and Vines.

Their 2017 single Are You Sure has more than 180,000 listens on Spotify. And to top it all off, they’re hitting the road for a 10-date tour around New Zealand.

Drummer George Berry says they can’t wait.

He describes the band’s sound as of rock and a hint of reggae thrown in. In other words, the perfect tunes for a day at the beach.

“We’re a smorgasbord of sounds,” he says with a laugh.

It all started at high school, where Berry, Robberds and Kennedy started playing music together at lunch time.

Fast-forward a couple of years and a couple of extra band members, and the 20-somethings are on their way to becoming a Kiwi summer staple.

Rhythm and Vines has been one of their biggest highlights, Berry says.

“That was lots of fun, playing to people from all over the country.”

But a smaller-scale gig at a hotel in Christchurch is a personal highlight for Berry.

“There were 350 people, packed in like sardines in a tin, it was gross, that was one of the funnest.”

This weekend’s gig at Yonder will be their third in Queenstown.

“We’ve got a really cool set we’ve worked on,” he says.

That’ll include a brand new song, which was released last Friday.

It’s not the only new music we can expect from The Butlers this year. Berry says the band’s hoping to write and record a new album, which could be released by the end of the year.