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The WBC

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If you’re looking to define The WBC (The Wuda Bang Clan) – well, don’t. Yup, their roots are in ska. But their influences also range from dub and reggae, through to rock, metal and drum and bass.

Now imagine those elements put together coherently by an eight-piece machine combining a stonking rhythm section and full horn line-up, and you’re getting close to the picture. In short, The WBC are unique. They don’t want to be tied to a genre – and why should they - they’re creating their own.

With an all-original repertoire and a reputation for infectious, energetic live shows, The WBC have featured at many of the country’s top festivals, including every Rhythm and Vines, Queenstown Winter Fest (2001 – ‘03), Beach Day Out (’03 – ’04) and the Grey Lynn Festival (2004). They have also performed alongside a range of high profile acts - think Bad Manners, Reel Big Fish and Coolie Ranx for starters.

Now, after seven years touring and building a loyal fan base, it is their own debut album which is the focus, The WBC released 'Hi Fidelity Offbeat' on June 1.

Band Members:
Matiu Sadd (vocals, tenor sax)
Andy Pearce (alto sax)
Oliver Emmitt (trombone)
Olly Harris (trumpet)
Stu Preece (guitar)
Rob Sharp (bass)
Mike Clarkin (live sound)
Jordan Stone (drums)

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The WBC call it quits
Posted: Tue May 20, 2008 8:22 pm
THE WBC are disbanding.

With an all-original repertoire and a reputation for infectious, energetic live shows, The WBC have featured at many of the country's top festivals, including every Rhythm and Vines, Queenstown Winter Fest (2001 – '03), Beach Day Out ('03 – '04) and the Grey Lynn Festival (2004). They have also performed alongside a range of high profile acts - think Bad Manners, Reel Big Fish and Coolie Ranx for starters.

Now after 10 years together, the band will play their final show at Auckland's Kings Arms Tavern on Friday June 6 with support from Skankamelia and 4 Mexicanos.
 

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The WBC on TV
Posted: Fri Dec 3, 2004 9:26 am
Auckland ska act The WBC have a new video out for their song 'Uncle Benny', which is described by the band as being "based on being broke and trying to get by on the dole".

The clip debuts on C4 on Thursday, December 2 at 10:30pm. The band then follow this up by performing the song on Top of the Pops on TV2, Saturday December 4 at 5:30pm.
 

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Extra's needed for new WBC video
Posted: Fri May 7, 2004 8:25 am
Hey, we need some energetic peeps to be in our new music video "Sick Of It". We're shooting it in central Auckland on Sunday the 9th of May.
You'd be needed for 2-3 hours and you must be willing to dance, skank and generally go crazy in front of the camera.

If you're interested email [email protected] and we'll give you some more details
 

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The WBC Gain nZM Backing
Posted: Sat Nov 8, 2003 9:51 am
Auckland ska/pop band The WBC have landed themselves some substantial backing this week, as the latest latest recipients of the ZM Network's Project nZM campaign.

The package includes network playlisting for 'Ease Ya Mind', from the band's self-funded five-track EP, as well as a ZM Live Lounge performance, Sounds Music Stores in-store signings, interviews, web presence on www.zmonline.com and $25,000 worth of radio advertising on ZM to help sell the bands music.

“Project nZM was developed during New Zealand Music Month this year to ensure ZM was able to continue a high level of support for emerging New Zealand artists,” says ZM Operations Manager Christian Boston.
 

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New EP From The WBC
Posted: Tue Jun 3, 2003 9:53 am
Auckland ska band The WBC are releasing their second EP on Friday 13 June called 'Ease Your Mind'. The EP is being launched with an instore appearance by the band at Real Groovy in Auckland, and an appearance on TV2's Space on 6 June.

Copies of the EP can be obtained by sending a cheque for $18 (which includes postage) made out the The WBC Ltd to:

The WBC
PO Box 27747
Mt Roskill
Auckland

And don't forget to include your name and postal address.
 

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WBC Live On Space
Posted: Thu May 29, 2003 2:33 pm
Auckland ska band The WBC are releasing their second EP on Friday 13 June, being launched with an instore appearance by the band at Real Groovy, Auckland, following it up by appearing on TV2's Space that night.

Time: 10:30pm
Date: Friday 6 June 2003

Space - TV2 - http://www.spacenz.com/
 

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WBC News
Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2003 5:41 pm
Congratulations to The WBC who have just finished recording a 5 track EP for release in May. They have also received a NZ On Air video grant for their video 'Ease Ya Mind'.

They will be touring the South Island towards the end of June.
 

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New WBC Tracks Online
Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2002 5:19 pm
Auckland ska band The WBC have been pretty quiet as of late, but are now planning to return to the live scene, and have heralded their impending return with the release of three new songs, available online in MP3 format at amplifier.co.nz - just follow the address below:

http://www.amplifier.co.nz/amp/view?item_id=3432

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