Jed Parsons & His Friends are joined by Gareth Thomas and his band for their first Auckland performance since their appearance at Auckland City Limits.
He’s a familiar face and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who has loaned his talents to many a band over the years. Now Christchurch
artist Jed Parsons is taking centre stage with his unique concoction of indie-pop.
Parsons’ sound is a culmination of his rich and varied background as a touring musician, which has taken him around the world and into the studio with the likes of nomad, Pacific Heights and Mel Parsons.
His music balances eccentricity and energy with intimacy and musical sensitivity, maintaining a focus on catchy hooks and lyrical prowess.
A few words from Gareth Thomas:
I’m an indie musician from New Zealand. A multi- instrumentalist, singer, producer, collaborator and songwriter.
My best party trick is popping my shoulder blade out,
I also have hyper extensive knees.
The third song I wrote became a number one hit, so I decided that I should probably keep writing music.
That song was named after a girl in my drama class called “Sophie”. It topped the charts in 2002 and since then Sophie has become most popular girls name in New Zealand, though maybe it’s just coincidence.
I loved my first band Goodshirt. We would always record and make things from home. Goodshirt has since split, but I still record and make things from home.
I also have recorded with these guys; Fazerdaze, Steve Abel, The Grand Rapids, Andrew Keoghan, Bic Runga, Goldenhorse, Dave Yetton and Sarah Brown.
I’ve won awards and stuff. I’ve also toured with some famous people, but I think the best thing about being a musician is when you’re making things.
I will keep making music, it is my addiction, it is my chocolate.