Two be or not?

Andrew Tolley of the Hasselhoff Experiment.
Andrew Tolley of the Hasselhoff Experiment.
Back in the dark ages, well, the 1990s, The Hasselhoff Experiment blew around New Zealand several times, then, just gradually, the two-piece fell apart.

These days, Brendan Moran lives in Wellington and plays in Knife Fight, while Andrew Tolley is in Auckland, playing with the Bloody Souls.

Tolley and I had a good old chin-wag this week as a reformed Hasselhoff prepares to play Dunedin again.

He says he pulled a Blues Brothers and got the band back together quite by accident.

"John, a mate in Bloody Souls, said `why didn't we get together and play my birthday', so we treated it as a gig as well, then did an impromptu one in Auckland, which we dug, and it kind of led to supporting the Brian Jonestown Massacre in Christchurch."

Tolley says he's not sure if The Hasselhoff Experiment is fully back together, or whether they will record new songs, as they're taking it day by day.

"No, I suppose that's another bridge we haven't crossed. This [Radio One show] will be our third gig.

"I don't think any radio station would pay to fly any of our other bands around the country.

"I saw people I hadn't seen for 10 years at the Hamilton show, and then I saw some kids who wouldn't have been in high school the first time round."

He's unsure how band members have changed over their time apart.

"We've only had two practices this year, mainly because we discovered we can we still play and it was like getting back on the bike.

"I found it kind of weird. Songs are just stuck there until Alzheimer's kicks in."

That said, Tolley admits having to listen to the band's CD to help him remember the lyrics.

"It was a bit of a surprise. I found I couldn't hear what I was singing, so I've had to write new lyrics, not that the words are that important when it comes to punky rock and roll."

He says people at the show can expect "more of the same, [some] secrets revealed after six years".

Auckland-based duo George and Queen began life together while on the contemporary music course at the University of Otago, and they're now taking their place in the world.

They have just finished their second album, which Immi Patterson says took about two weeks to complete.

"We recorded The Wind is Up as a band, at Venn Studios in Auckland, with producer Dave Holmes. Our band members include Neil and I, our drummer Rich and bassist Panduka.

"It took us 12 days in the studio, spread out over a period of about six months. We recorded the band first, as we'd play live, and then added the vocals, additional percussion and lead lines over the top afterwards."

Patterson says the album is different to previous releases, as they used different recording techniques.

"It's different in the way it was recorded. Our first album, City, was recorded at home in our home studio.

Neil and I recorded it ourselves, and were limited with what we could do - for instance, we couldn't record live drums as we didn't have the mics.

We used a lot of synthetic sounds, and also live sound recordings from around the city. We hadn't formed the band yet, so they don't feature in the first album.

"So I'd say that The Wind is Up is a better reflection of how we sound live, and also has a more natural sound."


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