Band active under lockdown


As a way to boost morale and have “a bit of fun” a Clutha band recorded a song and produced a music video while in lockdown.

The four members of Noise Complaint, a band formed in Owaka 10 years ago, performed a cover of the Foo Fighters song Big Me and had to be inventive in producing the track.

“I recorded the drums here in my garage,” Steve Clarke, of Owaka, said.

He said the other members of the band were dotted around the country, and all recorded their parts separately into phones and laptops.

“I’ve got a set of electronic drums and just recorded it off a speaker. John recorded his guitar and singing straight into his phone . . .then Alex mixed it together.”

Mr Clarke then wandered around his home of Owaka taking shots for a video to accompany the song.

“I just did it while I was out walking the dog . . .it’s a good distraction.”

He said what made the township special for him was how it resembled ‘‘a town of yesteryear’’.

‘‘Everybody knows everybody, and they all look out for each other. It’s a great place to live.’’

The band is made up of Mr Clarke on drums, Alex MacCreadie on bass guitar, John Hellewell on rhythm guitar and vocals and John Tamati on lead guitar.

They first came together to perform at the annual Catlins Got Talent event about a decade ago, and ended up winning it.

“That night somebody approached us and said ‘are you guys available for hire?’ ”

And the rest was history. The group has come together for between 20 to 30 gigs each year around the South Island since then.