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Checaine - Checaine Newsletter Interview

31 Jul 2016 // An interview by Shade

Checaine are a melodic/progressive hard rock band from Hamilton. They bring powerful hooks to their songs and a progressive style that keeps the music evolving and exciting. With numerous shows under their belts and support slots for Devilskin, I Am Giant, The Deep End and Melic, as well as recognition from international acts like Sevendust, they have made short work of gaining fans. Chris and Fraser answered the following questions for muzic.net.nz:

How did you become involved in music?

Fraser - I became interested in Rock music from about age 14. The first album I was ever given was 16 Stone by English band Bush. I loved the energy and songwriting on that album which lead to me discovering many more classic rock, grunge and metal bands throughout the 90's. 

If you could perform with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

Fraser - Oh man, that's a tough one. I'd have to say Sevendust, Godsmack, Tool and Alice in Chains. Can I have that many?? All of these bands have had a huge influence on my songwriting and passion for hard rock music. The combination of lyrical, musical and vocal delivery from these bands are what inspired me to take up Rock singing in the first place.

Which one of your songs are you most proud of, and why?

Fraser - I am most proud of a track on our debut album Turn the Stone called Iron Rain. The recording captures the true emotion I wanted to express whilst singing a song about my mother who passed 10 years ago to cancer at the age of 55. The track builds into a classic rock ballad progressively intensifying though out. The singing is at the top end of my register and was delivered with pure passion and emotion. We don't play the track live often but save it for special occasions.

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard it before?

Fraser - I would describe the Checaine sound as progressive hard Rock. As a band we value the importance of solid guitar riffs with power and melody. The music combined with a modern powerful vocal approach take the listener on a musical journey. Our often cryptic lyrical content keeps the listener guessing and engaged in where the songs are going.

What can we expect to see from you in the next year?

You can expect to see Checaine come and play at a town near you! Late 2016 will see the release of a new EP that has so far produced the two singles; Bring Me Down and Set Us Free in which have been well received by Rock stations across NZ.

What NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?

Fraser - I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing the new upcoming material from Devilskin, Villainy and of course Shihad. They are all very influential NZ hard Rock bands that pump out amazing live sets consistently. I'd also love to hear and see more of Like A Storm. One of NZ's best bands in my opinion.

What local albums have you been enjoying recently?

Shihad FVEY, Tony Lee, Broods, Villainy.

What is your favourite NZ venue, and why?

Chris - My fav venue is gone now but it was The Garden Club in Wellington, such a cool place and vibe. its a strip club now.

Have you got any tips for dealing with nerves before a gig?

Fraser - Drink your fill! Haha, I like to prepare quietly, carry out my vocal warm ups and embrace the excitement that comes with taking the stage with a great bunch of musicians I'm lucky enough to call my mates.

How do you balance your music with other obligations; family, job etc.?

Fraser - It's a challenge for sure. Most of the band love to surf, we all have professional careers, families and pets to feed. From time to time music gets to take the front seat but the balance is a constant struggle. Especially with the band getting greater radio exposure on mainstream stations and gathering momentum.

Where do you get your inspiration to create music from?

Fraser - For myself the inspiration comes from an unexplainable need to express myself through vocal melody and sometimes a rip snorting adrenaline filled scream. I've always been interested in singing to music that tells its own story. Our guitarist Regan Aspden ignites this passion in me with his creative spin on modern hard rock guitar playing. His ability to write riffs and songs that inspire me to engage with the musical journey is the basis of how Checaine songs are born.

Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?

Fraser - Play live and practice. The world of home recordings can be a wonderful and rewarding creative place. However you have to get out and play your music live to really bring it to life and develop your musical personality. Throw a few wrong notes in their for good measure. Playing your music live is what makes you feel alive and that you are connecting with people through music. Music is a way to express to the world that you have something to say. Stand up and say it loudly. 

Practice makes the live performances that much more rewarding. Master your chosen instrument and play the music you are passionate about.


About Checaine

Checaine are a melodic/progressive hard rock band from Hamilton. They bring powerful hooks to their songs and a progressive style that keeps the music evolving and exciting.

Formed in 2011 by Fraser Coombes (vocals) and Regan Aspden (guitar), they are now accompanied by an exciting line-up of talented members that add to the sound and live show performance Checaine have become known for.

The band have enjoyed great exposure through their new dynamic single Bring Me Down as heard on New Zealand's The Rock FM.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Checaine


Year: 2017
Type: EP
Turn The Stone
Year: 2014
Type: Album

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