Teenage Te Reo metal band Alien Weaponry are New Zealand’s rising musical stars. With a career that started when the band members were just 10 and 12 years old, they supported hard rock icons Devilskin when they were 12 and 14, opened for the legendary SHIHAD a year later, and in 2016 took the top prize in two of the country’s major music competitions – Smokefreerockquest and Smokefree Pacifica Beats.
In September 2017, they won the prestigious APRA Maioha award for their song ‘Raupatu’ – a thrash metal commentary on the 1863 act of parliament that allowed the colonial government to confiscate vast areas of land from the indigenous Māori people. On 16 November, they took their places among NZ’s musical elite as nominees at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
How did you first get in to music? Who or what turned you onto rock/metal?
My brother Henry and I grew up on all kinds of music, we were drawn to metal because of the rawness and passion I guess. Continue reading