The Nukes ready to have a blast

The Nukes (from left) Dave "Fingers of fire" Parker, David "Snapper" Thiele and Benjamin "Country boy" Collier. Photo: Supplied

YOU only need to read a few sentences of The Nukes’ “semi-fictional” biographies to know this Auckland band has a lot of character.

“As a child, founding member Dave ‘Fingers of fire’ Parker ran away from the circus in pursuit of a more regular life…

“Rumour has it that David ‘Snapper’ Thiele was born in the back seat of a half-submerged Vauxhall Viva and raised by possums in the Port Hills around Christchurch…

“Benjamin ‘Country boy’ Collier spent time working in the magical world of television, and also playing drums for the widely adored New Zealand pop group Goldenhorse. This was followed by five years at a beachside meditation retreat where the only word allowed to be spoken was “parsley”…

Whether it’s fact or fiction, the trio’s adept storytelling ability and showmanship has helped them win over audiences of all ages throughout the country, and next month The Nukes will return to the stage in Invercargill.

The band sold out its performance during last year’s Southland Arts Festival, and Parker said they all really enjoyed the show.

Since they were going to be back in the region as guest artists at the New Zealand Country Music Awards, in Gore, next week, he said they decided to add extra performances to their trip.

To be held on Saturday, June 2, at SIT Centrestage Theatre, it may be Queen’s Birthday Weekend, but the band would also be celebrating its own milestone, Parker said.

“The show will be very much centred around the fact that we’ve been together 10 years.”

Parker described their songs as “rootsy in their style”.

“When we talk about roots music, we’re kind of talking about blues and country, folk music.”

There was also a bit of comedy, with song titles such as Salad Dragon, Worms, Two Potatoes, Peas and Carrots, alongside their songs about love and friendship.

“Quite a few people know our songs now, which is great, so there’ll be a lot that people will recognise, but there’s also a lot of new material that we’re introducing as well.”

Parker said the band was working towards a new album for next year and a book of ukulele tunes that they’ve written during the past 10 years.

To encourage families to attend the show, Parker said entry for children was free with a paying adult.

“We’re making it as accessible to families as we possibly can.

“The ukulele’s for young and old isn’t it?”

The musicians will also host a ukulele workshop in the afternoon before the show.

“If you come along to a workshop it’s going to be fun, but you’re going to learn something no matter what your level is.

“It’s just been a very logical fit for us to be able to do workshops for people and pass on some of our knowledge.”

The Nukes, SIT Centrestage Theatre, Saturday, June 2. Workshop 4pm, show 7.30pm. Adults $15. One free child with paying adult, extra child $7. Workshop and show $20 (limit of 40). Phone (03) 218 7188 or go to TicketDirect. Booking fees may apply.
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