Thanks to Ross for answering these questions:
What can we expect to see from The Managers over the next year?
We are releasing a brand new EP on May 1st, so touring and getting the new tracks out there and heard by people. We have been in recording mode for a while but have continued writing new material as we worked on mixing the EP. We're looking at starting work on a new full length album within the next year and playing alot of festivals next summer.
Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands, and why?
Some of the best live music you'll ever see are the bands in the local underground ska scene like. The music has so much energy and people dance their ass off from the first note.
What will The Managers' next release be?
'The Grove Street Tapes' is being released through Rhythmethod in about a week. Our release party is on Sat May 1st at the Thirsty Dog on KRd and then we will tour the rest of the country in the follwing months.
How do you believe The Managers fits into the NZ music industry?
We really do play with all sorts of different bands. Ska music, which we play alot of, kind of creates a bridge between punkrock and reggae and you can find yourself at an underground punk gig or a peace festival.... We have played with ska bands like The Specials, Skatalites, punk bands like Missing Teeth, UK Subs, dub/reggae bands, Fat Freddy's Drop, dDub etc.... so can kind of slot in anywhere.
How do you describe The Managers' music?
Everchanging but is always stabalised by a heavy ska and reggae influence. Playing on the offbeat is kind of our natural way to play as a band but we do mix it up alot and ther are no real rules when it comes to what can happen in a song. We have death metal, punk riffs, acapla breaks, swing, surf, jazz..... as long as it works. Being a 7 piece and having the brass section tends to mean there's alot of different sounds you can create together, all part of the fun. Live we go for a pretty high energy show and usually like to throw in a ska intrumental or two to improvise over.
Previously known as the Managers.
After two albums, an EP, international tours, and twenty years of high-energy live shows, The Managers are changing their name. The much-loved local outfit, fronted by larger-than-life singer Paul 'Hooli' Frewin, have decided to start a new chapter with some fresh members, and some killer new material.
True veterans of the difficult New Zealand music industry, The Managers formed in 1993, and quickly earned a big reputation for uncompromising live shows with their fast paced, 'big band' sound. Albums like Special (2003) and Take It Or Leave It (2007) would see The Managers contribute tunes to compilations such as Conscious Roots and Grey Lynn Park Festival Album.