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Formed in 1996, Auckland band Eight have been in no rush, instead allowing their music to breathe and take shape over time. This willingness to explore and define their own sound has been rewarded, as Eight's music is both mature and powerfully dynamic. Their songs capture a variety of moods from enveloping rock radio hits to brooding melodic soundscapes.

Although relative new-comers on the wider public radar, Eight have been quietly but firmly establishing their presence on the local music scene. They have independently released three singles in New Zealand to date ('Whale', 'Moments Gone' and 'Shift'), all of which have gained solid sales and received high rotate radio and music television support.

A twist of fate, or perhaps a bizarre marketing ploy, that in their eighth year Eight finally released their very first full length album, aptly titled 'Moving'.

Featuring 'Whale', 'Moments Gone' and current radio single 'No Way To Decide', 'Moving' was recorded over 5 months of 2003 at award winning producer Malcolm Welsford's home studio in Auckland.

Eight has a high degree of industry experience amongst their own ranks also. Drummer Paul Russell was an original member of the hugely successful group Supergroove, and more recently was part of Che Fu and The Krates. He and other members of Eight have also performed with the likes of Anika Moa and Brooke Fraser.

On stage Eight's passion for their music is clearly evident. They have performed alongside some of New Zealand's finest bands as well as in support of international acts Creed and Incubus. The dynamic scope of the music allows the band to take their audience on a unique journey, making their live performance a memorable experience. Eight began 2004 with a successful 16 date summer tour featuring Goldenhorse and Brooke Fraser.

Eight disbanded in early 2005.

Band Members:
Bruce Conlon (vocals, guitar)
Paul Russell (drums)
Hamish Jackson (percussion, samples)
Alastair Rogers (bass)





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Eight call it a day
Posted: Wed May 25, 2005 4:27 pm
Seems to be a common trend at the moment, all these bands splitting up.

Anyway, Eight have decided to call it quits after nine years together. But it's not all bad, you can still catch them live in their final performances:



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RE: is this an eight song?
Posted: Mon Feb 7, 2005 9:37 pm
yup, that song would be "shift" by eight alright.

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Eight Announce Nationwide Winter Tour
Posted: Tue Jun 15, 2004 6:28 pm
Auckland band Eight are pleased to announce that they will tour the country in July and August, playing a whopping 26 shows - their most extensive tour yet!

The tour kicks off at The Queenstown Winter Festival on June 29th.

Formed in 1996, Eight have had plenty of time to work on their live show, which has garnered critical acclaim:

"Eight blew all present away. With eyes closed and heads back, they put such energy into their music that it could have been a stadium we were all sitting in - all equally gobsmacked by the performance." nzoom

Eight released their debut album 'Moving' in March this year, which hit the national Album Chart's Top 20 and received rave reviews:

"Eight have a rock sound that is so catchy it will stay with you for a long time. It's powerful and dynamic and performed with heart and passion. The sound is precise, clear and quite simply, so unified and together that it reminds one of a more rock n' roll-type Dimmer. Moving is a welcome addition to New Zealand music and will be a standout Kiwi album for years to come «««««" Ripitup

'Moving' contains the tracks 'Whale', 'Moments Gone', 'No Way To Decide' (which went to #1 on the rock radio airplay charts nationwide) and the brand new single 'Centre of Me'.

They will be joined on the tour by Opshop. Tickets are available from Red Tickets at local Postshops nationwide, or online at www.redtickets.co.nz, with limited door sales available on the night.


A complete list of Tour Dates is as follows:

Eight 2004 Winter Tour, with special guests Opshop:

South Island

- Tues 29th June - Winter Festival Mardi Gras @ Queenstown
- Wed 30th June - The Dux de Lux @ Queenstown
- Thur 1st July - Paddy's Bar @ Wanaka
- Fri 2nd July - Tillermans @ Invercargill
- Sat 3rd July - Arc Café @ Dunedin
- Sun 4th July - Boost Mobile Big Air @ Queenstown
- Wed 7th July - Denniston Dog @ Westport
- Thur 8th July - The Railway @ Greymouth
- Fri 9th July - The Phat Club @ Nelson
- Sat 10th July - The Jet Set Lounge @ Christchurch
- Sun 11th July - The Criterion @ Blenheim

Re-orientation Shows

- Thurs 15th July - Massey Campus @ Albany, Auckland
- Thurs 22nd July - Shadows @ Auckland University

North Island

- Thur 5th August - Rynoz @ Whangarei
- Fri 6th August - The Grand Hotel @ Helensville
- Sat 7th August - Brewers Bar @ Tauranga
- Thurs 12th August - Bodega @ Wellington
- Fri 13th August - Guvnor's Tavern @ Palmerston North
- Sat 14th August - Basement Bar @ New Plymouth
- Thur 19th August - Onekawa Hotel @ Napier
- Fri 20th August - Tongue and Groove @ Taupo
- Sat 21st August - Hot Lava @ Ohakune
- Thur 26th August - Altitude @ Hamilton
- Fri 27th August - Whakatane Hotel @ Whakatane
- Sat 28th August - The Studio @ Auckland

All the above gig details will be placed on the muzic.net.nz gig guide shortly.


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Arc gig
Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2003 11:40 pm
Anyone else catch any of Eight's live performances during NZ music month?
I saw them at Arc in Dunedin and they just ROCKED! Absolutely fabulous live - and what sweet guys!

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Eight Nominated For Juice TV Awards!
Posted: Fri Aug 9, 2002 11:56 am
Eight have received the following nominations in the Juice TV Awards:

* Breakthrough Video Artist (Whale)


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