Blood is thicker than water for a group of rockers from the Waikato, who are gearing up for a New Year tour.

Four-piece band Devilskin feature Paul Martin (bass) and Nic Martin (drums) who are father and son, Jennie Skulander (vocals) who is Nic's aunt and Paul's sister-in-law and Tony 'Nail' Vincent (guitar) who is Paul's evil twin.

As a "bunch of rockers from the Waikato" they are making a name for themselves on the international rock scene - and now are set to bring their alternative metal sound to Hawke's Bay in January.

They have gone from strength to strength since coming together in 2010, culminating in a Tui for Best Rock Artist at the NZ Music Awards in November.


Despite having numerous accolades to their name, they admit it hasn't always been easy.

"We've done it all on our own terms so it's incredibly satisfying for us. We formed our own record label because we didn't like the deals that were being offered to us so we haven't gone the usual steps if you like to get anywhere in the industry."

Devilskin were also nominated Best Group at the VMA's and Clint Murphy won the Best Engineer Tui for Devilskin's Be Like The River at the second annual Artisan Awards in October, all while performing on an almost sold out New Zealand tour earlier in the year.

Paul Martin said they did not expect to win the award.

"We were really pleasantly surprised and it's just really nice to be acknowledged after all this time for all the hard work that so many people have put into this band."

They have been overseas to the US, as well as twice to Europe, including the UK and Germany, where they performed at British Rock Festival; Download Festival - crossing off a bucket list item for the band.

To support the three-date summer tour, including at Pettigrew Green Arena on January 3, Devilskin have named Skinny Hobos as the main support act and Seas of Conflict to open at each gig.

The show is classified as PG18, meaning under 18s are welcome with a parent or guardian - something that Paul and the other members are "ecstatic" about.

"We're really excited because we get asked alot to play all ages shows and are looking forward to a big party and a whole lot of really energetic kids."

He found it fascinating that their music spoke to people 80-years-old to as young as 3.

"It's really great to appeal to all sorts of people and it's just one of these things where people no matter who they are, where they are, how old they are, they can relate to something in our music and so it makes us feel like we are doing something right."

He said their show in the Bay was "long overdue."

"I've got family over there and I get there as much as I can. It's one of my favourite places in the country."

They have already written about 70 per cent of the songs for their third album, which they are hoping to record early next year, despite still looking for a producer and a studio overseas.

"There is a lot of excitement in our camp for the new material and the songs for that are even better again in my books. It keeps going from strength to strength."

They stand by the message of their music as being one that is all inclusive and let's people be true to themselves.

"We are all rooting for the same cause. We all want the same thing and it's really close cause we are a family and it's exciting.

As a self-confessed "history buff," the bass guitarist names sight-seeing as one of his highlights of being on tour.

"Travelling is the biggest highlight for me. You feel pretty special jumping on an aeroplane with your guitar and it justifies all the crappy nights of rehearsals and scraping up money to buy enough guitar strings."

Rather than it being a job, Devilskin is a passion for the members.

"We feel very privileged to be in this position. It's a beautiful collision of so many things that fall into place to get a band together in the first place let alone to get noticed and let a lone to be popular."

"We are continually growing as artists I think and our taste is developing all the time and especially when you're working hard you get a real sense of appreciation for other musician's that are working hard as well."

Although picking a favourite song is like "picking a favourite child," possible single Animal, along with Limbs and Closer are some of the rocker's top picks.

"Animal is really simple and basic but Jennie's just got this beautiful, soulful melody that comes out and just gives the song so much power."

With the members currently residing in Hamilton for the time being, the unit is undoubtedly getting "tighter," with lead vocalist, Jennie recently marrying Paul's wife's little brother.

Paul noted that not only did she become his sister, but she is now Nic's aunt - something which he found amusing.

"We are amping to get back there."

"We're going to pull out all the stops, it's going to be an incredible live show and we can't wait to get amongst it."