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.


Project Runway NZ Recap: Teams of two and the ego of one

Within the first few seconds of the show, the judges’ choices in the previous episodes move Kerry to wonder what they really want from the designers. By the end of the hour, I’ll be wondering the same.

In a computer recycling facility, Andreas tells the designers that they will need to integrate outdated technology into a fashionable two-piece look. For this first unconventional material challenge, designers will work in teams of two.

The designers ready to take on this week's challenge.
The designers ready to take on this week's challenge. Source: Tom Hollow

Matt who doesn’t like unconventional materials is paired with Beau.

Although Kerry protested her taste in the previous challenge, he seems happy to be teamed up with Judy.

Jess isn’t thrilled to be working with Massey.

Massey and Jess sketch their designs in the computer recycling facility. Source: Tom Hollow

The other teams are Caitlin and Benjamin, Misty and Beth, and Cami and Peni.

After 15 minutes collecting materials around the facility, and with $150, the designers go on the search of fabrics to complement their designs.

In the workroom, Peni checks out and allows Cami to run the show. She’s been top three in the last two runways, so she must know what she’s doing.

Matt senses Beau is not helping him and worries that he will throw him under the bus. He may be right. Beau’s made up his mind about Matt the moment they were paired. He’s not willing to compromise his designs to work along with Matt’s ideas.

The next day when Andreas comes for feedback, he tells Caitlin and Benjamin that passing electric cord as leather may not work. Benjamin disagrees and is confident they’ll make it work.

Cami and Peni try to come up with a unique design.
Cami and Peni try to come up with a unique design. Source: Tom Hollow

When the models come for a fitting, Cami and Peni have nothing for their model to try on. They have created a textile out of green electronic boards joint together by copper wiring, but they haven’t assembled the garment yet. I like the pieces they’ve created, but they look more like accessories than a suitable material for a dress.

On the day of the runway show, Georgia asks Beau how well he and Matt worked together. He sells Matt down the river and says it was challenging.

Georgia – who I must say is doing a fantastic job as the host of the show, introduces the regular judges, Sally-Ann and Benny, plus guest judge Stephen Tilley, an international fashion photographer.

After the anonymous runway show, Massey and Jess’ corporate futuristic look, and Caitlin and Benjamin’s cord passing by leather design put them through next week’s episode.

This week's safe looks, Caitlin and Benjamin's on the left, and Massy and Jess' on the right.
This week's safe looks, Caitlin and Benjamin's on the left, and Massy and Jess' on the right. Source: Tom Hollow

From the winning team, one designer will be this week’s winner, and from the losing team, one will walk.

Misty and Beth are both happy with their collaboration. The combination of 1950s silhouette and Maori patterns celebrating strength and empowerment is a winning look with the judges. Sally-Ann loves the panelling, and guest judge Stephen admires the use of colour. I’m happy to see Misty on the top, I’ve liked her previous designs.

The glamorous look for a mature goth girl that Kerry and Judy have created is a success among the judges. The use of telephone cord as sleeves in the jacket designed by Kerry prompts Benny to label it ‘Vodafone goth’ and fashion forward.

I believe it’s a great look and without a doubt the best design on the runway this week.

This week's looks at the top. Kerry and Judy's on the left, and Misty and Beth's on the right.
This week's looks at the top. Kerry and Judy's on the left, and Misty and Beth's on the right. Source: Tom Hollow

The judges are impressed by the skirt in Matt and Beau’s ensemble. Beau swiftly takes credit for it and tells them it is VHS tape stapled to organza with computer keys covering each staple. But that’s about the only thing they like about the design.

Benny questions the sexiness of the over-sized minimal look top created by Matt. Sally-Ann is the only one who commends him for sticking to what he likes, shame there’s no more cohesion in the look. Sure, but let’s not forget that early on the show Beau announced he wasn’t willing to compromise his vision. So, who’s at fault for the lack of cohesion?

Although Cami loves the movement and colours of their design, both Peni and her agree they could have spent more time putting it together. I can’t see the two distinct pieces that they were expected to create. I only see a dress.

The looks that got with the lower scores. Cami and Peni's, and Matt and Beau's.
The looks that got with the lower scores. Cami and Peni's, and Matt and Beau's. Source: Tom Hollow

Peni tries to defend this arts and craft mess as something a young artist would wear to a music awards show. Why? Because young people have no taste?

Although their design needs work, Georgia knows women who would wear pieces like this on the carpet. Stephen says it’d make a great editorial piece, and Sally-Ann also sees it at a music awards show. Benny is the only one who calls it what it is, a "visual nasty rash".

The winning team is Kerry and Judy, Kerry is named this week’s winner. The losing team is Matt and Beau.

Matt walks. I’m scratching my head on this one. I thought this was a team challenge, and Beau’s remarkable sexy skirt should have been enough to carry them both through.

Like Kerry at the start of this episode, I’m left wondering what the judges really like.

It's the end of the road for Matt.
It's the end of the road for Matt. Source: Tom Hollow

* Project Runway is on TVNZ 2 at 7.30pm on Mondays and on TVNZ OnDemand

Matt and Beau gather their unconventional materials.
Matt and Beau gather their unconventional materials. Source: Tom Hollow


Auckland woman wins Lotto's $11 million prize - her second jackpot in five months

An Auckland woman has claimed Lotto's $11 million Powerball prize, her second jackpot in the space of five months.

Having won a first division share of $333,333 earlier this year, the lucky winner came forward to claim the prize today, taking home another $11 million.

The odds for winning both First Division, as well as Powerball First Division in two separate draws sit at an astonishing 1 in 147,000,000,000,000.

Lotto Powerball (file picture).
Lotto Powerball (file picture). Source: Lotto


Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson call it quits

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson have reportedly split.

The couple are said to have called time on their engagement but aren't ruling anything out when it comes to the future of their romance.

According to TMZ, the pair decided to end their relationship this weekend after agreeing that it just wasn't working out. The former couple reportedly still have love for each other and haven't ruled out something happening again one day.

It comes just a day after Ariana's manager Scooter Braun said the star still "needs time" to recover after a tough few years, which saw 22 people die at her concert in Manchester, north west England after a suicide bomber detonated a bomb in the arena's foyer area and more recently, the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller from a suspected overdose at the age of just 26.

Scooter said: "One of the most amazing things about this organization is that they help people when they're having the worst moments in their life, and they give sympathy and a calm nature to people in need in those moments. And you saw your invite, someone I'm very close to was supposed to come sing for you today, and because of things that she's going through, she couldn't be here today. And while I was frustrated, being the manager, my wife, being who she always is, just looked at me and she goes, 'She needs this time.'"

Meanwhile, Pete previously revealed he and Ariana bonded over their failed relationships.

He said: "Timing I feel like is everything, and we both were in a similar situation at the same time. It’s like the weirdest, coolest thing that’s ever happened."

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson. Source: Bang Showbiz


'We've had enough' - hurting truckies caravan through Auckland to protest 'horrendous' fuel costs

Dozens of trucks caravanned down Auckland's Northern Motorway and snaked through city centre streets this morning in a protest aimed at driving home a single point: "ridiculous" fuel prices are hurting drivers, and those of us who eventually buy the goods they haul.

"Government taxes and all that, it's just horrendous at the moment," driver Syd Moana told 1 NEWS.

"Every time we seem to get ahead, something else comes up - diesel prices and all that sort of stuff."

He estimated the increased fuel prices are costing in his company about $5000 per week.

"That's a lot of money to fork out of your own pocket, without the Government helping you," he said.

"They've got to realise that we've had enough."

Fellow driver Danny Morgan estimated his company is paying about $50,000 extra per month, making it difficult to keep the trucks out on the road.

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He already pays high rent and high food prices, and as petrol adds another expense it's just too much, he argued.

"You haven't got much left at the end of the day, so people are starting to suffer out there," he said.

"I'm still trying to buy my first house. It's pretty hard...If petrol's going up every day, what we've got left in our hand is less and less."

RNB Transport owner Rob Ryan, who helped organise the rally using many of his own trucks and employees, said the protest isn't just about truckies struggling.

Truckies at RNB Transport wanted to show their outrage at fuel price and road user charge increases. Source: 1 NEWS

He pointed to his daughter, who he said is also feeling the pinch on her drive to work every day even though she bought a little Suzuki Swift because of its fuel efficiency.

"You're going to have more people on the street because they can't afford gas to get to work, they can't afford to buy bread and milk, all because of that," he said, explaining that there's going to be a "flow on affect" in the prices of basic items like milk and bread.

"There's power in numbers, man, and that's what it's all about," he said of the rally. "At the moment, we're not getting heard. We've got the councils and the Government just whacking on all these taxes that are not needed...Tell you what, there's a lot of pissed off people out there, and they've had their guts full of it."

Mr Ryan estimated between 100 and 150 trucks participated in the caravan today, with others suggesting it was upwards of 200. Auckland Transport, however, has suggested the number was closer to 40.

The 1 NEWS political reporters discuss the Prime Minister’s reaction to the sky rocketing cost of fuel. Source: 1 NEWS

"They are driving courteously and are having a minimal impact on a normally busy peak traffic movement," the agency said in a statement.

Mr Ryan said trucks joined the caravan at different points, with many participants peeling away at different times because they still needed to go to work.

He promised more - and bigger - protests in the future.

"If they don't listen now, we'll do it again in another month," he said. "And next month it'll be bigger."

Transport companies are paying thousands of dollars more per week, and it’ll being passed on to consumers, participants said. Source: 1 NEWS