Launch party: The Seaside Stranglers, from left, Sam Maxwell, Sam Baylis and Tom Maxwell


Arrowtown alternative rock band The Seaside Stranglers are throwing a party in the town tonight night to mark the release of their EP, Quick, Fast and Deadly.

Frontman-bassist Sam Maxwell, 25, says the gig at Slow Cuts is ‘‘our way of saying thank you to Arrowtown for all their support over the years’’.

Sam, along with brother and lead rhythm guitarist Tom, 32, and drummer Sam Baylis, 32, recorded the EP’s four songs at the beginning and end of a countrywide tour in November.

It started with a day of recording at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios in Auckland before the trio cruised around in a campervan, playing 13 gigs between Waiheke Island and Dunedin.

Sam, the band’s lyricist, says they took a bunch of songs with them to work on, and wrote more.

‘‘We had most of the lyrics written down, so it was just a matter of ironing out a few creases.’’

They then spent four days at Sublime Studio, in the Waitaki Valley.

‘‘The vibe we were going for, and that emanates through the songs, is Iggy Pop and The White Stripes if they had a love child.

‘‘There’s a lot of music that didn’t make it on to the album, but we’ve got a reservoir to move forward onto our next album.’’

It’ll be released on Spotify, and 150 copies are to be pressed on vinyl.

The gig starts at 7pm with a set by high school rockers Train Surfers, followed by The Seaside Stranglers, then local DJ On The Rob.