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The Not Okays


The Not Okays are a five-piece emo revival band from Auckland, New Zealand, celebrating the fact that emo was never dead.

Having headlined Ding Dong Lounge's infamous emo nights since 2018 with covers, extensive lockdowns gave the band the push they needed to start working on original content and continue to support the rise of modern emo.

Lauren Kate Borhani - Vocals
With a heavy history of musical theatre as a young lass, Lauren has always been a singer. Her love of rock started at a young age, with heavy influence from her father. Her side-fringe has been her signature look since high school, and she never grew out of that high school emo phase. Lauren is known in the rock scene as a DJ, residing primarily at New Zealand’s premier rock bar Ding Dong Lounge, and spins rock, metal, indie, 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's and more. The Not Okays is her debut as a frontwoman, and she’s stoked to do it with her husband Bahador.

Aaron Prictor - Guitar, Vocals
Aaron was always going to be a musician, it’s in his blood! Son of a Yandall Sister, Aaron is a smooth operator and obviously a Jason Mamoa look alike. He is a talented producer, singer, writer and guitarist and is a force to be reckoned with. Guitarist and vocalist for award-winning Kiwi country pop singer Kaylee Bell, Aaron is also the frontman for MIRA.

Noriel Wong - Guitar
Noz is our social media guy, and quite honestly the best shitposter in the world. All of those harsh emo memes on our page? That’s him and his genius. Noriel is also a member of surf rock band Dusty Sundays, rock/metal band MIRA, past-member of funk band Brown Sugar Factory, and a DJ/producer for his solo project LVST NIGHT. Noriel’s strength is his ability to be flexible and adaptable with his music, incorporating every genre he loves into different projects. He owes his love of guitar and music to his father and step-grandfather.

Caitlin Clark - Bass
Caitlin and Lauren have been good friends since high school (that’s well over 10 years). She is a classically-trained pianist with a great ear and natural talent, and picked up bass for her high school band which graced the stage of Christchurch’s Zebedees frequently. The partner of Aaron, these two are the second musical power couple in this band.

Bahador Borhani - Drums
Bahador is a staple in New Zealand’s rock scene, and is known as an accomplished guitarist. He has opened for absolute rock icons such as Slash, ZZ Top, Def Leppard and Alice Cooper with Shotgun Alley, and for Escape The Fate, Pendulum, Limp Bizkit and Falling in Reverse with the incredible Written by Wolves. The Not Okays was Bahador’s first foray into drums, which he then took with him to MIRA and LIIT. Beej is also an incredible director, videographer, editor, artist, designer, husband, cat-dad and pretty much anything else you can think of.

Band Members:
Lauren Kate Borhani (vocals)
Aaron Prictor (guitar, vocals)
Noriel Wong (guitar)
Caitlin Clark (bass)
Bahador Borhani (drums)


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