JULIE

Jules loves tea and vodka drinks but not at the same time.  At best she can play around 4 chords on the guitar and the maracas, but not at the same time. She writes and co-writes much of the OLDER lyrics.

When not hogging the microphone, you'll find her in her gumboots or at peculiar angles taking photos of blades of grass and cloud animals. She's not so happy about being in front of a camera herself.

Jules is a country girl at heart, with a recent bout of urbanitis, providing untold inspiration for song-writing.

JEL

Jel doesn't like many people. He's an intelligent ambivert that bores very easily. If you approach him in the street, don't talk rugby. Strike up a conversation about solar flares and the connection with migraines, and you won't get a word in edgeways.

A mad creative, if he's not in the studio, you'll find Jel in the garage with a hammer and a stack of old wood ready to upcycle. He likes beans with his fish and chips (yes, he's English), interesting people with a story to tell, and playing devil's advocate.

He's been in bands for decades playing bass and guitar, and built space ships and had a hand in the Bugatti Veyron. He's a clever chook.

TOGETHER – OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY

Bassist Jel Legg and backing-singer Julie Legg (formerly Crean) originally met in Auckland in 1993 when they formed Driving Morris with lead vocalist & guitarist Steve Babbington.  Jel was newly arrived from the UK where he had learned his craft playing live and recording for a decade while Julie had followed a similar path in 80’s New Zealand both in bands and as a professional actress and voice-over artist. Jel grew up immersed in the sounds of the original punk bands and the post-punk scene which sat easily with some of the great reggae bands of the day. From the iconic Gothic period of The Damned to the genuine street sounds of Aswad, London in the early 80’s was a mecca for the alternative connoisseur. Half a world away Julie discovered Split Enz, Blam Blam Blam and was one of the few people in NZ listening to Captain Sensible, though the connection to The Damned was unknown to her, at the same time Jel was regularly seeing him in concert in the UK.

Driving Morris was commercially unknown, only performed a handful of shows and never quite nailed a reliable drummer. They did however, write many songs and build a basic recording studio that led to Jel becoming a music producer. By the time of their demise in 1996 a house had been sold and a full 16 track digital studio was up and running.

By the late 90’s Jel had produced & recorded albums for local artists Joshna and Suzanne Neumann and remixed singles for Nicolette (Universal) and Nurture (Warner Music). Suzanne Neumann’s single ‘Maher Time’ was widely believed to be one of the first unsigned independent releases to be play listed on a mainstream commercial radio station (More FM). By 2000 both Jel and Julie had independently migrated to the UK and their paths would not cross again for 18 years.

For a decade Jel continued quietly producing artists in the UK but his focus shifted to working in the music industry as a web developer with major labels such as EMI, Warner Music, Virgin, Decca and many others. Through ‘Sample G’ (Grant Kearney) the R&D Manager of Universal NZ he was introduced to Hayley Westenra & designed her first websites before and after she was signed to Decca in London. From Pavarotti to Nigel Kennedy, Sir Simon Rattle to Sarah Chang, Jel worked with the biggest names in the classical music industry, but as rewarding as it was, it was only a diversion.

In the early 2000’s Julie had returned to NZ to take up acting and voice-over work. Balancing family life, she appeared many times on TV including The Politically Incorrect Guide to Teenagers, The Jackie Brown Diaries, key roles on Shortland Street and multiple TVCs including the Face of GIB for 3 years and other iconic brands. There were film roles too such as The Man Who Lost His Head with Martin Clunes. There was hardly a time when her voice was not on radio or TV supporting a brand culminating in three years as the Food Channel voice for Sky TV.

Jel and Julie reunited in 2012 to reform Driving Morris but it became clear to them there was potential for a new direction without the great talent of their main song-writer Steve. They were not only aligned musically but philosophically and romantically too. From the outset of the reunion they were acutely aware time and age was not on their side; the years had been fruitful in terms of other creativity however, music had taken a back seat. There was no plan of what style to write in – forty years of influences made picking a single genre impossible. Their first release Slow Blink, whilst a solid song, was a bridge between Jel’s years as an electro-dance producer and what was to emerge. In a short space of time Your Bubble was released and marked a return to high-energy classic Punk roots and set them on a path of calling out the ridiculousness of their own generation and the way many contemporaries had turned out.

The songs came thick and fast. Sometimes lyrics were written in the vocal booth during recordings; ideas to releases were as short as possible ensuring something raw and honest was captured. Having their own recording studio and the skills to produce was enabling and a singular advantage of age to be exploited. The approach they naturally adopted was as close to the original punk attitude as possible – DIY on every level and rely only on the self. There was no time to find other musicians, no time to waste rehearsing only to have a member give up. This was the story of previous bands and was not one to be repeated. The more they wrote, the more they produced, the more they realised it would be increasingly hard to find musicians capable of playing what they were turning out. Instead of seeing limits they simply pushed on creating finely-honed songs. Combined with a massive shift away from mainstream values, media and thinking, they channelled years influence and created a sound unlike any current New Zealand band.

By 2018 it was time to revisit and remix over thirty tracks with the benefit of hindsight and fresh ears and select fifteen for an album – their first album after years of being plus ones for other projects. Their debut album SILENCE was the result and was released on May 1st 2019 on Bandcamp and CD Baby where it’s distributed to most major platforms world-wide. A CD run is planned for mid-2019.

Every aspect of the OLDER machine is proudly independent. Videos have been self-produced for Your Bubble, Whole, Banshee, Sixteen, 1984, Silence and Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah. They do not claim these are cinematic masterpieces but they do represent an honest approach to their art. The song Silence drew the attention of a professional film maker and by late 2019 an ambitious video, currently in post-production, is expected to be completed. The title track Silence has also been remixed by renowned UK record producer Robin Millar.

OLDER has one goal - to be less like their contemporaries as time passes. Ageism, that last bastion of ‘isms’ that pervades modern life often unchallenged, is their driving force.

OLDER resist all the things they see as wrong with modern life - consumerism, caring what others expect of them, leading a mundane existence, wasting time with shallow people and getting stuck in ruts that entrap those addicted to trash TV and banal media. They produce music that is laden with antipathy for the ordinary and deliver attitudes seasoned with considered anarchy that takes no partisan political position to defend. In short, they reject most main stream ideology and champion the creative thinker and the underdog yapping in the wind. Despite this, they are amongst the happiest & most loving people you could meet.

Updated May 2019

THE MEANING OF OLDER’S SYMBOL

Our band's symbol has some meaning, its not just random.

Jel is a quarter Welsh - his maternal grandmother used to entertain him with fluent Welsh as a child, not that much stuck except how to pronounce Llanelli where his family comes from.

The 'O' is based on the symbol of the awenydd. To quote from good old Wikipedia:

Awen is a Welsh, Cornish and Breton word for "(poetic) inspiration". In the Welsh tradition, awen is the inspiration of the poet bards; or, in its personification, Awen is the inspirational muse of creative artists in general: the inspired individual (often a poet or a soothsayer) is described as an awenydd. Emma Restall Orr, founder and former head of The Druid Network, defines awen as 'flowing spirit' and says that 'Spirit energy in flow is the essence of life'. In current usage, awen is sometimes ascribed to musicians and poets.

So you see, OLDER is not just a couple of oldie's banging out some tunes - for us its about something more ... being inspired - almost child like in awe - being wrapped up in the creative process. There that's it, we do this just because we can.