Last year Sam Prebble’s Bond Street Bridge band-mates started noticing icy themes creeping into his songwriting. Spindrift, sledges and the long polar nights were turning up in the tunes at almost every rehearsal and they’ve all ended up together on a new album called The Explorers Club: Antarctica. The songs are often inspired by the prose of adventurers from the “heroic-age” of polar exploration, with one songs Great God, This Is An Awful Place barely straying from the words of Robert Falcon Scott as he wrote up his diary on the day his expedition made it to the South Pole, only to find Amundsen’s party had beaten them there.
Bond Street Bridge left to right: Sam Prebble, Logan Compain, Dylan Storey, Brendan Turner and Nina McSweeney. Photo: Emily Cater.
Aged 21, Harley Streten's one of the biggest selling artists in Australia, picking up four awards recently at the Independent music awards, including best album, for his self-titled debut, best dance song for Holdin’ On, and best artist. He’s proving to be a draw-card back here too; tickets to his 1500-capacity Wellington show were so popular that organisers moved it to the 5000 capacity Trentham Racecourse in Upper Hutt. Harley joined Emma Smith ahead of his visit to these shores.