The Dunedin-based mature students of Fea Street Hustle want fame and fortune – and they kinda need it now.
Failure would mean regular jobs and regular hours.
“We’re all verging on becoming career men so we need to get famous as musicians quick,” frontman Emerson Yeoman jokes.
Yeoman, studying for his Masters in planning, is one of three members of the late-20s foursome who’ve returned to tertiary study after stints in work.
Lead guitarist Jonny Screech is doing a teaching course and drummer Matt Hegan is completing his psychology Masters.
Bass player Gareth Bedford has already joined the workforce as a graphic designer.
Yeoman admits their upcoming Queenstown gig – following on from their first outing here last November – is just as much a post-exam blowout as a step towards stardom.
“We’ve been a bit slack lately, distracted with uni and work commitments.”
The group still aims to follow up its self-titled debut EP from 2008 with a new recording later this year.
Yeoman says the group – which he describes as an alternative country punk indie folk outfit – have matured in their songwriting and developed their sound.
“Probably early on, it was a bit too Americarney.”
That may have been influenced by a six-month stint in Vancouver, Canada two years ago, followed by a United States road trip to check out other bands.
“We didn’t have any gigs of our own. We just wanted to check out what was going on and it was just an awesome scene of these indie folk bands.
“Certainly my songwriting has been influenced by that,” Yeoman says.
The band’s now focused on telling distinctly Kiwi stories in its songs – true to its beginnings in a Dunedin student flat basement.
“We want to get some of our classical cultural heritage coming through in the songs. That’s something we’re definitely into and trying to do.”