Chart stars Midnight Youth can’t wait to get up close and personal with their Queenstown fans for the first time.
The Auckland-based rockers’ album The Brave Don’t Run and infectious new single All On Our Own are Top 10 smashes in New Zealand.
But making their Queenstown live debut in front of a few hundred fans at Revolver on Tuesday night is still a priority.
“The smaller shows can be the most enjoyable because you’re all packed in a room and everyone’s all sweaty and jumping around,” lead singer Jeremy Redmore tells Mountain Scene.
“You can really interact with the crowd and you all feel that you’re all part of one special night, compared with some of the bigger gigs when you can actually feel quite separated from what’s going on.”
Redmore continues: “I also can’t wait to come to Queenstown to get out amongst some snow.
“Unlike a couple of the other guys in the band I don’t ski or anything, but I’ll be happy enough to get out there on a mountain and have a bit of a roll around.”
As well as All On Our Own being the most-played track on NZ radio, Midnight Youth got another boost when the song was picked as the theme tune for TV adverts promoting the All Blacks’ internationals against France and Italy this month.
“It’s hard to take in that our song is getting more airplay than the likes of Beyonce,” Redmore explains. “It almost borders on the bizarre. But it’s cool.
“We’re all big rugby fans too, so getting the TV ads is a real bonus and it’ll certainly keep the interest in the single going.”
Since their debut album shot to No 2 after its release at the end of April, Redmore says the group is now getting recognised all over the country.
“We recently got back from playing some gigs in Australia and couldn’t believe the reception we got from customs officers at the airport in Auckland.
“They were shaking our hands and telling us how much they love our music – it was brilliant.”
Midnight Youth will next be out to properly crack Australia, with a 25-date tour booked to start in August. They then plan to capitalise on interest shown from the United States.
But despite the globetrotting, Redmore insists the five-strong band is far from being rich and he’s been living off personal savings while waiting for royalties to start rolling in.
“I don’t think I’m due my next payday until November,” he says.
“So far, the best thing about having a bit of success has been that we all don’t have to crash in the same hotel room any more.”
Redmore jokes: “When we get to Queenstown we’ll maybe be able to afford two rooms between us, which is an improvement.”