Tahuna Breaks

Published in Groove Guide 2011.

Tim Gruar interrupts the hum drum of family life to talk with Tahuna Breaks front man Marty Green tree. Greetree has been left holding the baby, literally. When I call the vocalist and lead guitarist he’s just arrived home from work and has been abandoned by his wife to look after his two young daughters. His oldest is screaming “Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaady!” at the top of her lungs. “It’s ok. I just put them in the cat cage for 5 mins,” he quips, “not really.” He let’s slip that there’s a third on the way in January, too -right in the middle of winery tours and recording sessions. A far step from normality. During the day, he’s hauling bottles for a water cooler company – “but I get to go home early on Fridays. Which is cool.” ‘Cool’ is the best way to sum up this seven piece Funk/Reggae outfit from the Shore. Known as a force of Energiser Bunnies, the TB’s are regulars at major events, the band have done The Big Day Out, Homegrown, Highlife NYE and a ton of other festivals both here in Aotearoa and across the ditch. With a style that ticks virtually every crowd pleaser-box (James Brown-styled soul-funk; Light lover rock; Sentimental ballads; Commodores-styled funk and dollops of reggae, dub, dance hall and Marley) you’ll find them all over the gig guide and on wax, too. In 2007 they released their debut album Reflections which was followed closely ultra funky Black Brown & White in 2009. Both records charted strongly, won awards and have firmly cemented the boys place on the New Zealand and Australasian music scenes. “At the time we were influenced by ‘60’s, 70’s and 80’s and Mr Brown, even Daft Punk.” They gained a reputation for being unafraid to mix genres and honed their sound on the live stage. Over 5 years on the band is still going strong, despite hiatus for babies, work and other sojourns into domesticity. “we’ve been recording in a little studio, ourselves, no help. But we send stuff off to these cool guys in the UK called ‘Crazy P’. they are mixing a new album for us. Expect to see a new track out in December and hopefully a new album in the middle of next year.” Greentree says the focus this time will be all on dance-ability ad less reggae. Something to party to, drink beer and get down!” You too can get down to a range of shows planned through out the country in the next few months: October 22nd – Coroglen Tavern w/ David Dallas (live), COROMANDEL PENINSULA October 23rd – Gisborne Food & Wine Festival, GISBORNE October 29th – Tauranga Arts Festival, TAURANGA December 3rd – Wine & Food Festival, Hagley Park, CHRISTCHURCH January 29th – Tuborg Summer Sunday, MATAKANA

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