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.

'Amazing' Lorde helps stuggling Auckland family repair leaky home with $10,000 donation

Kiwi singing sensation Lorde has left a struggling West Auckland family amazed and stunned after she donated $10,000 towards saving their leaky home.

Fuel the Need founder Manuel Dalton says he woke to see the donation from Ella Yelich O’Connor but didn't know who she was.
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Devora Busch and Richard Barry can't  meet the expense their leaky home in Titirangi is burdening them with in addition to the high costs of raising and caring for their severely autistic daughter Rheegan.

She is among New Zealand's highest-needs children, family members of the couple said on a Givealittle page they started.

The struggling family faced losing their home if they could not raise more than $250,000 to fix their leaky home, only part of which is covered by the Government, while Mr Barry had to leave his job for health reasons.

The Givealittle page has raised more than $66,000, with a big boost from Lorde who donated $10,000.

"Sending best wishes and love to you and your parents, Rhee. Xxxx," Lorde posted.

Ms Busch today described the double Grammy-award winner's generosity as "amazing", the New Zealand Herald reported.

"I know her music but I'm completely stunned to know how she found it and what a freakishly small world it is.

"What an amazing young woman she is."


Auckland's much-hyped 'affordable homes' deal delivers just 18 houses

Just 18 affordable homes were built and sold to first home-buyers in Auckland under a much-hyped agreement between the Government and Auckland Council, Labour claims.

That's out of a total of almost 1400 that have been built in three years.

Andrew Little says Labour is open to supporting the blueprint but feels more emphasis needs to be put on affordability.
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Labour quizzed Prime Minister John Key on the figure during Question Time today. 

"Is that it?" leader Andrew Little said.  

Labour got the numbers from an Official Information Act request to Auckland Council.

Mr Key claimed Labour's figures  are "wrong" and "dodgy numbers".

He went on to swipe at Mr Little, but fluffed his lines, saying: "It's not 18 but even if it was 18 it will still be five times as many people voted for Phil Goff … Andrew Little to be leader."

Housing Minister Nick Smith says more than 500 affordable homes were built in two special housing areas: 190 were in Weymouth, and 327 in Hobsonville - which all sold for under $550,000. 

But National MPs refused permission to table the documents from Auckland Council laying out the details.

The Special Housing Areas deal was struck in 2013.

Buyers have to submit a declaration - confirming they are a first home buyer within an income threshold. And according to local government documents only 18 of those declarations have been received for the city. 

Seven are in Great North Road, seven in Mt Eden and four in Hobsonville. 

The documents also show that as of last month, 1029 affordable homes were given consent. A June progress report said a total of 1342 dwellings were completed.

Under the Auckland Housing Accord, five to 10 per cent of the houses in developments of more than 15 properties must be affordable. 

That's defined as 75 per cent of the median house price - less than $550,000 - or mortgage payments that don't exceed 30 per cent of the median income in Auckland.