Gig of the week – The Tutts

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Rockers The Tutts may be Queenstown virgins but they promise to make the earth move for resort fans.

The hotly rated Auckland five-piece have their Wakatipu debut at Dux de Lux on Wednesday.

And they’ll hit the venue with a high-energy show featuring billowing smoke machines and crazy lights.

“I know we’re Queenstown virgins but we hear no one stays that way for long in that town,” grins bass player John McNab.

“It’s the opening night of our tour and we’ll really be going for it.

“We’re known for the amount of smoke we pump out into the audience at gigs and that’s to help create a dance floor atmosphere.

“If people can’t really see what they’re doing, they tend to be a bit less inhibited and go a bit more wild.”
McNab adds: “Our smoke machine is almost like a sixth member of the band but it hasn’t been feeling too well recently and has broken down on us a few times.

“But we’ll make sure the crowd in Queenstown gets the full-blown live experience from The Tutts.”

The group first burst on to the scene in 2006 with their catchy signature song K.

The radio hit earned them a performance at the New Zealand Music Awards that year and was picked up as the theme for music TV channel C4.

It also led to a swift invitation to play at the Big Day Out festival in Auckland – and they were asked back on to the bill again this year.

The Tutts are on the road to plug debut album Get In The Club, which features other radio-friendly singles White Out and All Over Town.

After their NZ tour, they’re off across the Tasman to support rising Aussie newcomers Hot Little Hands on a series of dates.

And McNab reveals The Tutts turned down an invitation to appear at the biggest music bash in the United States, the giant South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas – to concentrate instead on making headway in Australia.

“It was really tempting to go to Texas last March and everyone was urging us to do it,” he says.

“But we reckoned it would have cost us more than $20,000 and would have meant we would have come back broke.

“We had to get our priorities right and at this stage that means trying to get a foothold in Australia first.”