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A radio DJ recently described the Lads music as being "so infectious, it’s like a disease… but the kind you actually want to get!". The band which originally evolved out of a bunch of ‘mates who grew up together’ and ‘just became known as ‘Lads’, now performs each year to around 100,000 people (including many high schools in both New Zealand and Australia), and has a following normally only found in Top 20 regular charting bands.

What do they sound like? Lads have a gritty guitar foundation to their sound combined with swirling analogue keys and the kind of melody and lyrics that set’s itself up for the long haul in your front yard, it just won’t go away! On stage they are highly energetic and at times even electric in their performance, they also like to entertain and have fun with an audience creating unforgettable moments that stay with you long after that show is over and all the lights and turned down.

Their music from the outset is packed full of emotion and textures in sound which help to capture the listener and takes them on a journey through the honest and sometimes even vulnerable passages of the lives of these five Lads. Some of their music is very bright, some of it sad, some of it is of a spiritual nature (reflecting the bands Christian beliefs and background) but all of it is beginning to turn industry heads in New Zealand and in the USA.

Lads won the coveted rock award for the 'Smelliest Mosh Pit' in 2001, and were nominated for the same award in 2002 - the first band ever to go for back to back honours.

Two songs from their album 'Lost At Sea' were used on the TV show 'Dawson's Creek'. They are the only New Zealand band to join with Australia's Powder Finger and Bardot to have a single on 'Best Of The Pacific', an in-flight radio show played on all Canadian Airlines and Air Canada flights during May/June 2001.

Band Members:
Bennett Knowles (bass, vocals)
Chris White (keyboards, trumpet, vocals)
Mark Millard (vocals)
Bjorn Bennett (guitar)
Steve King (drums, vocals)




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Loving these guys!
Posted: Fri Sep 5, 2003 10:12 am
i love these guys!
they are awesome! Matt left the band and a guy called bjorn entered... if you get to see them, go along. they are amazing!

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