Kiwi jam! Auckland bros fusing Coldplay, Muse, Linkin Park to create groovy summer-rock sound

Insomnia can seem like a curse in many cases.

But for the likes of "I-don't-sleep" Auckland musician Samuel Thomas, insomnia triggers a train of thoughts, emotions and melodies that surge to the creative mind.

On one particular morning, through all the motions between sleep deprivation and a cluster**** of ideas, Sam just couldn't go home; or go to bed.

At the ungodly hour of 3am, after an intense band practice with his brothers Joshua, Joseph and Benjamin, Sam stayed up and wrote his new pop-rock single Man It's Late! I Need To Get Home.

To watch the full "I Need To Get Home" clip, and to see their other music videos, you can visit their YouTube channel here.

The single, which has become an epic, adventurous, self-directed, self-edited music video, is off Sam and his three brothers' self-produced debut album "Thomas Brothers".

"I looked at my watch and said "Man it's late! I Need to Get Home!"... instantly, I knew I had a hit," Sam told 1 News Now.

"I also knew I wasn't going home until I had written that song. I constantly have a melody playing in my head. I can't escape it. Especially when the world is quiet.

"Often, as I'm falling asleep, a melody slips into mind. I tell myself "ignore it and it will go away". A minute or two later I slide out of bed and make my way to the piano.

The Thomas Brothers: Joshua (bass), Benjamin (drums), Samuel (vocals, piano) and Joseph (guitar).
The Thomas Brothers: Joshua (bass), Benjamin (drums), Samuel (vocals, piano) and Joseph (guitar). Source: Supplied

They dropped their album last week after what Sam, a TVNZ editor for Seven Sharp, described as a "tough four years".

"Be very careful who you listen to when seeking advice on making an album," Sam told 1 News Now.

"There are a lot of people who say they know the music industry and that they want to help you; but in the end they are only trying to use you.

"This is something we experienced first-hand while making this album - which is also why it took four years to complete."

If Coldplay, Muse and Linkin Park are fancy-ticklers for you, then the Thomas Brothers are likely to be in your good books.

It's not just their melodic-pop-rock sound that screams "Kiwi summer jam", it's the authenticity in their back story that also resonates.

The Thomas Brothers last week dropped their debut album, which was four years in the making.
The Thomas Brothers last week dropped their debut album, which was four years in the making. Source: Supplied

"I Need To Get Home" was shot at numerous locations around Auckland.

In it a monkey chases the band through native bush. This location was Auckland's Woodhill Forest.

The river in the video is at the back of a mate's house in Kaukapakapa.

Bethells Beach was the giant cave, finishing at Hobsonville Point, with the brothers playing while the monkey dances.

Its master finish wasn't without a few hiccups along the way.

Sam's brother Joshua hurt his back quite badly before shooting started.

Auckland-based pop-rock band the Thomas Brothers.
Auckland-based pop-rock band the Thomas Brothers. Source: Supplied

Several times Joshua had to lie down between takes just to get a moment's relief for his back, Sam said.

"It didn't help that we had to travel to many of the locations on foot whilst carrying heavy camera equipment.

"We had to be extremely careful when navigating that cliff edge as it was riddled with rat traps and poison.

The Thomas bros - Samuel (singer, piano), Joshua (bass), Joseph (guitar) and Benjamin (drums) - were born and raised in the North Shore.

The album is available from all major online stores.



Watch: Can you help? Black car takes off from West Auckland suburb after driver tries to grab woman

Police have released footage in the hopes it will help them find a man who grab a woman in West Auckland while she was walking down a street at night last week.

Detective Elizabeth Willis says the victim was walking towards Riversdale Road in Avondale on September 11 when she was followed by a man driving a black sedan between 8pm and 9:30pm.

The man, described as being possibly Māori or Pacific Island descent, in his 30s and around 175cm tall, yelled out to the victim before proceeding to park his car on Riversdale Road.

As the woman walked past, the suspect got out of his vehicle and grabbed her from behind but the victim managed to escape and hide until the man left the scene.

"This was a particularly frightening experience for the victim and we are very keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or seen other suspicious behaviour in the area," Detective Willis said.

"If you have seen a vehicle or person matching this description behaving suspiciously, please call us immediately, even the smallest piece of information may prove valuable to help ensure this man is held to account for his actions."

People with information can contact Detective Willis from Avondale Police on (09) 820 5776 or anonymously provide information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police are hunting the man who was driving the car in Avondale, followed the woman and grabbed her from behind. Source: facebook.com/AucklandDistrictPolice

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Man who beat pensioner to death soon after release from mental health unit jailed at least 13 years

A man who stomped a pensioner to death shortly after being discharged from Auckland City Hospital's mental health unit has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non-parole period of 13 years.

Gabriel Yad-Elohim appeared at the High Court in Auckland today for sentencing for the murder of 69-year-old Michael Mulholland.

Mr Mulholland's daughter told the court that the pain of losing her father was immense.

She said her father was just an old man who enjoyed collecting National Geographic magazines and reading. He treasured gifts and letters from his children like diamonds.

Yad-Elohim had been out of Auckland City Hospital's Te Whetu Tawera for only three days when he killed Mr Mulholland in September last year.

His lawyers argued he had a disease of the mind, was hearing voices at the time and had no way of telling right from wrong.

The Crown said despite having schizophrenia, he knew right from wrong and killed Mr Mulholland for revenge after losing $200 in a methamphetamine deal.

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Gabriel Yad-Elohim at the High Court in Auckland today. (Claire Eastham-Farrelly) Source: rnz.co.nz


Ozzy Osbourne confirms two New Zealand shows as part of farewell world tour

Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed two final shows in New Zealand in March 2019 as part of his farewell world tour, No More Tours 2.

The former Black Sabbath singer will play shows in Christchurch at Horncastle Arena on March 13 and Auckland’s Spark Arena on March 16.

Heavy metal legends Judas Priest, who are on their first New Zealand tour, will open for Osbourne.

The 69-year-old will celebrate a career which began in 1968 when Black Sabbath was formed alongside long-time collaborators, guitarist Zakk Wylde, Blasko on bass, drummer Tommy Clufetos and Adam Wakeman on keyboards.

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