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Kiwi Quartet Out To Make It

Kiwi Quartet Out To Make It

Who: Betchadupa, Ground Components, Solver And Stripshow
Where: University - Bar on the Hill
When: Thursday October 14, 2004

IT'S not uncommon for Kiwi bands to cross the Tasman in search of bigger and better things.

New Zealand quartet BETCHADUPA has followed in the footsteps of fellow rockers SHIHAD by adopting Australia as its new home base.

Betchadupa's singer, songwriter and guitarist LIAM FINN said the move was eventual and he now shares a house with drummer MATT ECCLES, guitarist CHRIS GARLAND and bassist JOE BRAMLEY. ``It's always been a logical step,'' Finn said. ``If you can't afford to get yourself over to the States or England, Australia is the next closest place.

``For the kind of band we are and our appeal in New Zealand, we've had a lot of support but we're never gonna be a commercial selling band over there.'' `You can only play to NZ crowds so much, so you've gotta get outta there.'' A strong work ethic has been evident in the band since it released its debut album The Alphabetchadupa in 2002, entering at number two in the New Zealand charts and winning a slew of gongs at the B-NET and NZ MUSIC AWARDS. Since January 2003, Betchadupa has toured constantly and performed with PEARL JAM and JANE'S ADDICTION .

The band has performed before more than 50,000 punters as part of the LIVE N LOCAL TOUR this year and released its second album, Aiming For Your Head. It is on the road to support the release and will perform at the BAR ON THE HILL tomorrow night with GROUND COMPONENTS, SOLVER and STRIPSHOW. Tickets are available on campus from CONTACT or at the door.

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