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When five South Auckland teenagers got together in 1998 to enter the YFC Capital Teen Convention band competition none of them had any clue that six years later they'd be playing in front of over 6,000 people at an event like Parachute 04, but such is the case with Mumsdollar.

The original five guys are now all out of their teens and look far more respectable than they did in the beginning and their music has followed a similar trend, moving from the fast punk rock beginnings to a more polished, rockier sound that has produced many catchy songs with kids around the country singing along.

In the year 2000 the group won the inaugural Gospel Eisteddfod which gave them the opportunity to play at the Sydney Olympics, as well as record and release their first album 'For Christ's Sake', a popular eleven song CD that went on to sell out before they released their next offering, 'Eastern Time' at Parachute 02. The year following would prove to be their most successful yet with their first #1 radio single on Life FM, 'The Wedding Song' and also headlining the inaugural Life FM Undergroundshow.com Tour which took them right around the North Island for the first time.

2003 though was definitely their year. Beginning at Parachute 03 with the most packed house the Cage had ever seen and then moving onto the Life FM Undergroundshow.com Tour 2003 that had them playing 15 shows right around the country from Orewa to Dunedin. At the same time 'One Day' was released to radio and made its way straight to #1 on Life FM, staying at that perch for three weeks. During this time 'Eastern Time' had sold out leaving the band with no current CD while they were only getting more and more popular.

Then came 2004 and of course the beginning at Parachute which saw them play in front of an insanely packed crowd of over 6,000 people in the Palladium and then a second show that filled the Cage past its capacity of 2,000. At this point 'Eastern Time' was re-released with new artwork and three bonus live tracks and is in stores now.

Band Members:
Steven Wood (bass, backing vocals)
Peter Wood (guitar)
Dave Barr (guitar, backing vocals)
Ben Claxton (lead vocals)
Tim Beale (drums)




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Mumsdollar - 'Ruins'
Posted: Sat Oct 4, 2008 10:48 am
'Ruins' is the fifth independently released record from the five-piece rock act Mumsdollar. Hailing from South Auckland, Mumsdollar's music has become both more focused and more broadly appealing with each new release, culminating in the truly international sound of 'Ruins'.

The band's previous album 'A Beautiful Life' (2005) was well received in New Zealand, Australia, the United States and Japan, with sales of more than 10,000 units. Mumsdollar toured extensively on the success of 'A Beautiful Life' - performing to crowds of over 10,000, both at home and abroad - and so it came as no surprise to their many fans that the album was a finalist at the 2006 New Zealand Music Awards.

Having maintained a consistent line-up for nine years, Mumsdollar really are 'Brothers in Arms' (the title of the second 'Ruins' radio single) who have merged a wide array of rock, punk and pop influences to create a sonic landscape that is uniquely their own. Three years in the making, 'Ruins' successfully captures this unique sound, as well as the band's global outlook, with recording taking place at York Street Studios in Auckland, mixing at The Grove in Sydney and mastering at Masterdisk in New York.

The first 'Ruins' radio single 'Sticks and Stones' (Kiwi Hit Disc 106, July
2008 ) features in the NZ Airplay and Rock Top 40 charts, with the accompanying music video being well received at television. The 'Brothers in Arms' radio single and music video will be released late 2008 - in conjunction with a nationwide tour - with plenty more radio singles to come.

'Ruins' has initially been released on CD as a specially packaged 'Deluxe Edition', with the distributor having completely sold out within one week and an urgent second pressing currently underway. The album is available for purchase at The CD & DVD Store, The Warehouse, JB Hi-Fi and independent retailers nationwide, as well as online at amplifier.co.nz, Digirama and iTunes.

Mumsdollar are Steven Wood on bass and backing vocals, Peter Wood on guitar, Dave Barr on guitar and backing vocals, Ben Claxton on lead vocals and Tim Beale on Drums.




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Mumsdollar are my favourites eva!!!
Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:13 pm
Hey i just wanna say that mumsdollar is the best band eva and i have neva loved a band this much! shows how much of legendaries that they are.
There next concert is on August 5th at 8pm at - 221 lincoln rd, Henderson, West Auckland. Oh and I am wanting to sell my cd for $20 so if someone wants it you can email me on [email protected] and we can talk about it.

ultimate metal

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RE: Mumsdollar!!
Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2005 11:42 am
what kinda music if mums dollar?
are they even good?
please post a demo

mrs delonge

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RE: Mumsdollar!!
Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2005 10:22 pm
mumsdollar were on channel 99 today (the christian channel) they were pretty good!


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Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2005 5:27 pm
Hey dudes go here

http://www.cornerstonefestival.com/newbandshowcase.cfm and vote for MUMSDOLLAR to send them to cornerfest in the states!! they are in the running for it along with like 24 other bands. and if they win they will play at the mainstage there!!! please vote. this band really does kick ass and they deserve it so much.


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RE: mums dollar (and shooting stars) are the best!!!
Posted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 6:11 pm
yea. Are any of yous goin to easta camp?
its gonna rock!!! Laughing


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RE: mums dollar (and shooting stars) are the best!!!
Posted: Sun Feb 6, 2005 1:28 pm
I saw mumsdollar at parachute too...love those guys!!! they rocked the house!!! It was cool to see them finally get a gig on the mainstage!! And shooting stars was awesome 2!! Gonna see them again this friday


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Posted: Sat Feb 5, 2005 2:13 pm
theyr good at ALLL stages! im new to the mumsdollar ummm fanclub, but i think they rock! Wink wat u think about mozelee?? theyr also awsum. but mums dollar mann they rule!!


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RE: mums dollar (and shooting stars) are the best!!!
Posted: Wed Feb 2, 2005 10:17 am
so true!!!! they are AWESOME! one of my bands. i been supportn them since they were really small band so its awesome to see them grow and get more famous!

amazing to watch them at mainstage at parachute!!!!wooo!!!!!! GO MUMSDOLLAR!


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mums dollar (and shooting stars) are the best!!!
Posted: Mon Jan 31, 2005 2:09 pm
Very Happy mums dollar and shooting stars are awsum!! they got it going on!!


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Posted: Sun Jan 2, 2005 9:46 pm
hey who loves these dudes!! they are awesome and their lil acoustic band "shooting stars" is great too!!these boys are going places!

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