UNDER THE INFLUENCE have been together since the beginning of 2017, when Hugo Kappes, followed by Chrissy Thomasen, joined its founding members – Bobbi Prentice, Gleniss Kehely and Pete Wood. The band’s original name was The Rifters, but when Under the Influence was suggested instead, members voted unanimously in favour. Under the Influence of what? – of BLUES MUSIC of course. The band has slowly built a repertoire of songs over the past two years and is going from strength to strength. Chrissy took up drums at age 39 and began playing in church worship teams. New to Hamilton Blues Society, Chrissy’s first brush with Blues was a stint in Al’s Angels 2015-16, before joining Under the Influence. Chrissy works in Property Management and is also passionate about visual and the creative arts, acting, dancing, writing, photography, painting and making videos. Gleniss plays an invaluable role in the band. Aside from doing percussion and backing vocals, Gleniss keeps an accurate log of band music and songs, recording fine details and taking video for the band to review. She provides constant feedback on performances, and this helps the band to continually to reflect, adjust and grow. Glennis has been a member of HBS for many years and is currently serving as Chairperson (2018– 2019). Pete loves to play his Music Man bass guitar, but when he wants to make a statement, he plays Genevieve – his upright bass. Also a member of HBS for many years, Pete began by mixing itContinue readingUnder The Influence
Formed about 5 years as a party band from previous groups too numerous to mention, The Rockaholics have been gigging around the Waikato. B.O.P and Auckland. The ‘Holics have a static line up: John Maydon (vocal, guitar and harmonica), Paul Alderton (vocals and drums), Mark Kneebone (vocals and bass), and Chris Penman (vocals and guitar). Occasionally they also incorporate Brian Omundsen (vocals and sax), and/or Norbet Abel (keyboards) when required. Blues from all genres has always been a large part of the band’s repertoire and they enjoy a good jam session.