When did music first really speak to you?
For Wellington rock quartet Bakers Eddy, it was during their high school years at Onslow College. Inspired by the sounds of 90s/early 2000s rock, Ciarann Babbington (guitar/vocals), Jamie Gordon (drums/backing vocals), and twin brothers Ian and Alex Spagnolo (bass/backing vocals, guitar/backing vocals) practiced together relentlessly. With Foo Fighters, Shihad, The Mint Chicks and The D4 as reference points, they became the polished band of entertainers they are now.
Over the last three years, Bakers Eddy has built on their talent and dedication, establishing themselves as one of the most in-demand young rock bands from the capital in the process. They've performed extensively around New Zealand, winning over audiences from Auckland to Dunedin in the process. Last year they released their debut EP Plastic Wasteland, won the 2015 Battle of The Bands, and crucially, took part in what has long been a dream of the band - a rollercoaster tour of Europe.
Of late, Bakers Eddy has spent time recording with respected London music producer Asa Bennett (with input from A&R Worldwide's Monte Malone (US)). In testament to their increasing prowess, in March 2016 they opened for high-profile US rockers Highly Suspect at The Powerstation in Auckland. Alongside this, their infectious lead single 'Something Outside' continues to rack up plays on soundcloud (17,000+). Offline, it's been heavily supported by radio stations The Rock FM and Radio Hauraki.
The key to their progress has been professionalism plus dedication, coupled with songwriting and playing that's all lean muscle. Welding infectious melodies to classic rock themes, ascendant guitar riffs and sing-along group vocals - live and recorded - Bakers Eddy is making a significant impact on New Zealand's rock music scene. They're working hard to build something long-lasting from the ground up, but their goals extend far beyond our shores. They've had a taste of touring Europe, and a window into what spending months on the road overseas could be like. Emboldened, they want to find out what they're really capable of as a band.
Won't you lend Bakers Eddy your ears and join the party?
"Bakers Eddy have got what it takes to go far. I haven't heard such mature song writing from such a young band in a long time. They've got the riffs, the lyrics and the look and they kill it live. I have no doubt these guys will go far" - Clayton Anderson, Beastwars