September 28, 2016
Haka gives influence to Alien Weaponry
A blend of te reo Maori and heavy metal has won a Northland trio from Northland's Bream Bay College this year's Smokefreeroquest.
Alien Weaponry, from Bream Bay College and Otamatea High School, also won this years’s Smokefree Pacifica Beats.
Drummer Henry de Jong says he and guitarist brother Lewis started their schooling at kura kaupapa, and they have a keen interest in their history and whakapapa.
The other member is Ethan Trembath on bass.
Henry says Maori is a language that lends itself to meaningful lysics, as well as sounding good.
They were also attracted to high energy aspects of the culture.
"Haka is similar to metal in that it is loud and aggressive and in your face and we thought that would be really cool to incorporate into our music," he says.
Alien Weaponry won $10,000 in Rockshop vouchers, a $10,000 NZ On Air recording, video and promo package’ a ‘Decent Exposure’ campaign on The Edge TV, a photo shoot and branding package from Imaginary Friends.
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