Rising local musical stars are regularly filmed live at York St studios for the Sundae Sessions series hosted by nzherald.co.nz entertainment editor Hugh Sundae. Here's a run-down on the latest act.
Who: Tom Lark
From: Christchurch, most now residing in Auckland.
Line-up: Cousins Shannon Fowler (songwriter, lead vocals, guitar) and Daniel Fowler (drums), brothers Jono Perkins (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Mark Perkins (keys, backing vocals), Guy Cowan (bass, kazoo).
Where they're at: Released singles and six-track Tom Lark EP last November. Went to Berlin this year so Simon Berkfinger (Feelings) could produce debut album. Unsigned but manager Matt Coleman says they're considering offers; album likely early next year. This week performing at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York.
What they sound like: "Sparklehorse-esque pop", says Hugh. "I often recorded late at night," explains Shannon. "Because my flatmates were asleep this meant a lot of the other sounds and vocals took on a softer, dreamy vibe."
What they're playing in the Sundae Sessions: They were down for nine but audience insisted on an encore. Mix of the EP, singles and that unreleased album.
Hugh's highlights: "I booked them based on hearing a couple of the more well-known singles but I also really enjoyed a couple of the less rowdy reworked EP tracks - particularly first song Shy Child."
Where you can see it: nzherald.co.nz/sundaesessions
Where you can see them later: Playing LA on Monday and Tuesday but plans are tentative for tour here early next year.