OLDER have a passion for producing biting social commentary with lashings of anarchy that takes a hard swipe at modern life. They produce music that is laden with antipathy for mainstream culture and is seasoned with an alternative point of view, wrapped up in a deceptive layer of respectability. As champions of the creative thinker and the under dog yapping in the wind, everything they write is inspired by first-hand experience.
Driven by the original classic Punk attitude doesn't mean their music has to fit that descriptor. They write in any style questioning everything and assuming nothing. It's the foundation for their anarchic mindsets, but they are nice people, really. The only rule is they have to like it. It is whatever it wants to be, whatever you make of it. Sometimes it thrashes, sometimes it chills. ALWAYS it is honest, never constrained by what they & you are told it should be, or worst still 'sounds like'.
The band are true ambiverts; they live away from people in rural New Zealand, happy in their own space. When they 'go out to play' they love to hang with interesting, creative types and engage deeply, preferably without the constraints of clothing. They are the oddballs that never quite grew up, never quite fitted in and didn't like being members of the crowd. OLDER's 'inner child' is alive and well - often laughing at the wrong time and seeing life for how pompous it can be.
If you are like OLDER then the odds are you'll like the music.
Excited to be back with our first song for 2022 - 'Flip Side' !
It's a nostalgic look back at growing up in the 1970s when life for us, as kids, was a lot of freedom and fun. It's also a reflection on the cycle of life between each generation and, as you'd expect from us, there's a wistful edge to the loss of simpler times.
H U M A N +
Album Released November 2021
Following on from their debut album ‘SILENCE’ (2019) OLDER now build on their unique place in the New Zealand music scene with their second album, ‘HUMAN+’, released 1 November 2021. This is a hard-edged, up-front album drawing on multiple genres resulting in a unique sound.
The songs on ‘HUMAN+’ are grounded in the notion of freedom - a theme at the heart of most of OLDER's writing - in particular individual freedom from the current environment of smothering collectivism.
"I have long admired the song writing and sound that Older create, it’s got a raw energetic vibe combined with wonderfully constructed words that don't pull any punches." .... "Talkback, Coffee and Maybe deliver a dynamic and catchy sound mixed with sublimely creative musical storytelling" ... "HUMAN+ is a wonderfully creative album offering a different perspective on the world we currently live in. It is well crafted and captured my interest from the very beginning. Older are possibly my favourite Kiwi Post Punk band, and they have managed to combine multiple genres on this album which is fresh and interesting whilst still delivering a nostalgic sound."
Corinne Rutherford, Muzic.net.nz November 2021 - Read full review
S I L E N C E
Album Released May 2019
'SILENCE', OLDER's debut album, was 5 years in the making & brought together a multitude of styles with inspiration drawn from music spanning decades. 15 glorious songs were packaged up into an event that grabs your attention from the opening to the closing bars. The album has a retro New-Wave/ Post-Punk vibe but you can judge the end result for yourself!
The album is whatever it wants to be, whatever you make of it: spiky, frivolous, raw, sarcastic, honest or simply observational poetry dished up with beautiful harmonies, catchy melodies, cheeky guitars & keyboards, agressive drumming and growling bass. Oh that growling, biting, Rickenbacker bass ...
This duo has ethos which fits in perfectly with their anarchist punk sounding lyrics “they reject most mainstream ideology” and have in the past been described as “social commentators”. Oh boy do they have a solid punk rock sound to back up those no bull lyrics. There is an obvious classic UK punk influence invading their music lending to the energetic, bold and full bodied sound. Resisting all things wrong with modern life never sounded so good.
Corinne Rutherford, Muzic.net.nz June 2019 - Read full review
OLDER PRESS KIT
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Updated September 2021.
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