Meet Hera: Sister/wife
of Zeus and protectress of marriage, childbirth
and the home, whose jealousy and quarrelsomeness
often led to disaster for gods, heroes, and men
well, that was the original one
anyways, but the Hera we're featuring here is just
one of the many bands from Mairehau High who're entering
Smokefree Rockquest 2005… and, What’s more, there'
s nothing ‘quarrelsome' about them as they seem
to work well together, both musically and otherwise.
- Has the band always been called Hera
- Well, truthfully, up until a couple of months
ago we didn't even have a name even though we'd
been going for about three years now. It wasn't
until we had to send the entry in to Rockquest
that we figured we'd better call ourselves something.
It took us a while to finally come up with a
But that’s not strictly true coz it was one
of our younger brothers who finally came up with
Hera and that was kind of it.
- So you've been together as a band for
- Us two Josh’s have. It was just us for a couple
of years and then Joe came along about a year
ago and that’s when we really started playing
- How would you describe your music
- (long silence)
That’s a really tough question. One thing's
for sure - it’s original. It really stands out.
But if you had to say anything I guess you could
describe it as a lot of combined genres - sort
of punky, rocky, grungy - a lot of influences
have come together to make our sound, y'know?
It’s kind of a mixture of Nirvana, Iron Maiden
- What’s your entry for Rockquest called
- Finding The Wonder. We've written 7 original
songs in all but have ditched the first two and
don't play them anymore - we've kinda moved on
a bit since then… we hope!! We've just done
a recording at Mains Studio and it’s the first
time we've ever been able to listen to what we
sounded like and we've gotta admit we got pretty
excited when we heard ourselves. It sounded…
professional! And one of the student technicians
down there paid us something of a compliment
as he said we'd been the only band he'd heard
that he'd gotten into the beat with and tapped
- How often do you practise
- Usually two or three times a week 'specially
during the holidays. We've got a studio built
under Joe’s house - his dad’s a sound engineer
so we've got a lot of gear there and it makes
life a whole lot easier. We've given up trying
to practise in lunch hours at school - it takes
so long to set everything up and then you've
gotta pack it all away again so you only end
up playing for a few minutes
- What comes first - the music or the
- The music for sure. One line comes to you and
you build on it. Guitar first and then the bass
comes in and then the drums.
- Do you ever disagree over the song writing
- Nah - we're not a bitchy band!!! It’s easy to
write the lyrics and we all get along pretty
well. When the words aren't any good you kind
of know it yourself anyway.
- So how're you feeling about performing
- Can't wait. We're really looking forward to
- When & where are the regional heats
- Over at Aranui High on 11 and 12 June and I
think there're about 17 bands going through to
the regional finals coz there’s so many entries
- How do you feel about getting up on
stage and performing live
- We love it. We tend to be a bit nervous at first
but then soon get into it and get confident…
(the following was said somewhat morosely)
I can't really go that crazy on the drums though
but if I played the guitar it'd probably be different!
- So you're different in front of an audience
- Yeah! We're very quiet normally but when we
get out on stage…
- Any particular bands who've influenced
- Of course but it’s hard to pick just a few.
There’s Falter - they were from Mairehau and
they won Rockquest 2003. They've been a huge
influence on us and kind of inspired us, I guess.
There’s been masses of others too - from Nirvana
right through to REM and Lamb of God.
- Have you done any live gigs
- We're booked into Zebs for 17 June and last
year we performed at the school’s Cultural Festival
and took part in the School Music Tour up to
Hamner last year. Think it’s going to Hokitika
- Favourite album of all time?
- (stunned silence)
That’s way too hard a question to answer
(few more moans and mumbles)
There’s so many albums I like and it depends
on my mood and everything but maybe… yeah, okay,
I'll say it’s Nevermind/Nirvana.
Mine’s definitely Appetite For Destruction/Guns
Nah. Nope. I can't answer that. It’s just way
- Goals? Ultimate Dream?
- For the moment it’s winning Rockquest.
(pause for thought… and more thought…)
Getting a record deal would be good
Playing at the Big Day Out
Nah that'd be too nerve wracking
Getting known worldwide…
And maybe if none of the above worked out, we'd
like to stick around and do production stuff
or something similar because we all want to work
with or around music.
Truthfully, though? We're just concentrating
on the band because…
WE REALLY WANNA MAKE IT