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Static Era


Static Era is an Auckland-based rock band (think Evanescence meets Stone Sour) that formed in late 2010 and features a stellar lineup of musicians.

Double-platinum selling guitarist Chris Yong (Tadpole, Redline, Alt TV) has performed internationally and toured with Disturbed, P.O.D, Alter Bridge and Evanescence.

Vocalist Emma G is a New Zealander of the Year Local Hero award recipient, honoured in 2012 for inspiring others through her music. Despite living with a health condition that has challenged her through twenty three surgeries, including ten brain surgeries, she established a successful singing career at a young age and placed top ten in the Inaugural Play It Strange songwriting competition in 2004. Emma G also teaches tertiary level music and was a vocal coach for eight years.

Award winning drummer Dave Rhodes (Stylus, 29 Blackbirds) received a New Zealand Music Award for his work on the triple-platinum self-titled Blindspott album and has toured with Alien Ant Farm and Hoobastank.

Rounding out the lineup is bassist Victor Pesch, who has performed in numerous punk/metal bands in his hometown of Hamilton. He brings his solid rhythm and experience to help complete the Static Era sound.

Static Era originally formed as a backing band for Emma G's solo shows in late 2010. Having recently moved from Hamilton to Auckland and in search of musicians, Emma G met Chris and Dave at an open mic night where after some fast talking, they agreed to work together. The band started writing songs with Emma and the sound evolved from her acoustic singer/songwriter style to a heavier rock sound. With the new sound came a more focused direction and the name change to Static Era in 2012.

The Rock FM featured So Sore on Off The Record in April 2012 and the debut EP The Start was released shortly after in May 2012.

Static Era's performance highlights to date include Music In Parks 2013 (Auckland’s largest free concert series) with I Am Giant, Adeaze, Sola Rosa, Tahuna Breaks, Midge Marsden and Avalanche City, tours with I Am Giant and Sinclarity (USA), the RNZAF and an SPCA fundraiser to benefit abandoned animals.

Static Era's new single Fire Away is the band's edgiest effort to date, produced by Dave Rhodes and mastered at Sterling Sound in New York City. It's the first single from the follow-up EP wihich will be toured around the North Island in October - visiting Hamilton, Auckland, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Wellington and Palmerston North."

Band Members:
Emma G (vocals)
Chris Yong (guitar)
Victor Pesch (bass)
Dave Rhodes (drums)


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