The Checks

The Checks

 Auckland, Auckland, NZL
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The Checks, age 24, are one of New Zealand’s most adrenalised and consistently thrilling live acts. 60s RnB roots spanning psychedelia to dub beats, roaring vocals to smooth falsetto. 9 years, 3 albums, support tours with Oasis, ACDC, R.E.M, Muse, The Hives, The Holdsteady, JET.

Biography

Hi I am Edward from The Checks. I am going to tell you about my band. It’s a good band. We started out at the age of 15 genuinely believing we were the best band on the planet and I guess we still do, just in a slightly more socially acceptable manner. We grew up in Devonport on Auckland’s North Shore. We all went to school together, watched each other get 3-month girlfriends, driving licenses and patchy side burns. They were golden years spent driving around, changing the gears with our feet, to various pie retailers, beaches and op shops. We all lived through each other’s c.d collections and before we knew it music had taken over our lives, unapologetically.

We decided to make a band when “Is This It” by The Strokes came out. Very quickly afterwards we entered the National Band Competition with an average age of 15. All we had was a guitar riff with a gap where I would shout anything I could think of into the microphone before repeating the cycle. Talk about a formula. It really worked because things started looking up. We began playing gigs with local bands and R.E.M.

I guess one of the most interesting things about The Checks is the list of bands that we have played with, (not too sure if that is a good or bad thing.) R.E.M, Oasis, ACDC, The Hives, Black Rebel Motor Cycle Club, The Killers, Jet, The Hold Steady, Muse, Turbo Fruits, The Rakes, Florence and the Machine and Maximo Park not to mention White Birds and Lemons, Brain Slaves and The Electric Confectioners. We loved all of these shows and would be quite happy to become full time curtain operators, drinks vendors or ushers.

So going back a bit we got spotted by The NME in 2005, flew over to England, played on their tour and signed to Full Time Hobby/ Sony BMG. Naturally we all relocated to London in 2006. We recorded our debut album “Hunting Whales” with Ian Broudie from the Lightening Seeds. He really did a great job and is a very talented producer / Liverpool United fan. We hounded Phil Brown, our engineer, for stories about working with The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. As he politely obliged ‘Take That’ was recording their come back album in the studio upstairs. A definite week of firsts for us.

We toured extensively after ‘Hunting Whales’ came out, playing a total of 117 shows in 2007. We played all through the UK, Germany, Spain, Japan and parts of the States. We drank beers outside Scottish castles with Bitter Sweet Symphony by the Verve blaring out of our tour van. We got free shoes but maybe forgot to tie the laces because unfortunately we got dropped from the label soon after. We were not too fussed because it was an irreplaceable experience and we did get some really nice guitars out of it. We bare no hard feelings.

We moved back to New Zealand and made our second album ‘Alice by the Moon’. The songs came together quickly because we let them. A slightly dazed year spent touring ‘Alice’ around New Zealand and Australia followed its release. The NZ Herald noted we were treading “the fine line between experimentation and reinvention.” It was a fair comment too because we were not afraid of playing with sounds and feels that we had no intention of proceeding with nor returning to. We just wanted to make a record for us. For then and there. ‘Alice by the Moon’ won Rock Album of the Year at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

Nearly ten years have passed since we began and we have just completed our third studio album with producer Bassy Bob Brockman from New York City. He mixed nearly all of Biggie Smalls work amongst other big names that sound good in a bio. Bob Dylan (cough cough). He worked his fingers to the bone for us and quickly became a close friend. It’s an album of 10 good songs. I never thought we would be able to make a short album but it just seemed to form that way magnetically.

I have now reached the part that hasn’t happened yet so I better give it a rest. Thanks for reading.

Lyrics

You And Me

Written By: Sven Pettersen, Callum Martin

You and Me

Well you're dancing all through my mind
just like a girlfriend should
and my eyes are taped to you
just like i knew that you would

So take a picture and a bucket of tears
and help yourself to the rain dear

You got me caught for a while
But i don't see no love
You make me cock back and smile
But I don't see no love
You must be all that i'm taking
But I don't see no no no love

Well you're dancing all round my room
just like a girlfriend should
It just never amounts to the truth
just like i knew that it should

She don't dance, She don't do.

Back Of The Restaurant

Written By: Callum Martin / Edward Knowles

Don’t care just how she ran it
tell her I’m from another planet
I just want to get down in the back of the restaurant.

Lay down on the curb a squire
Stood up with one desire
I just want to get down in the back of the restaurant

Addiction, you want it, you feel it
Its cold on.
You’re waiting for the pain to come and you know it.
Feel it come through the air waves

Night air with a fire driver
Had a flash of the river choir
and i just want to get down in the back of the restaurant.

Call a cab when the chicks are sad
I don’t care about the papers plan
Cos I just want to get down in the back of the restaurant.

Addiction, you want it, you feel it
Its cold on.
You’re waiting for the pain to come and you know it.
Feel it come through the air waves

No thoughts about the only one
Or how shes just so much fun

All the girls feel rock and rolly
high heels and remote controlly
I just want to get down in the back of the restaurant.

Ballroom Baby

Written By: Edward Knowles

BALLROOM BABY

White silk on white lies
the jury did the crime
and now them boys are wet with coke
and their planes fly out so slow

(Chorus) What you want from me baby

There's a storm above the docks
so no one will hear you drop
the murder and its fruits
are sewn into their suits

(Chorus)
Ballroom baby you're not crazy

Bagheera

Written By: Edward Knowles

BAGHEERA

One of these days girl
one of these days I’m just gonna bring to your monkey

I’m cold in the body
look rough in the velvet
I’m just gonna bring to your monkey

Sin in the sister 
sin in the sister
I hold the night air like rope in my ear

Do you recall
the night I spent with you
You will be free but you are still working
for someone else's living

You work for the man
you would die for your baby
I’m not gonna tell you your crazy.

You live by the river
you will die in the bottle
thats why I love you New York City

One of these mornings 
you will be sleeping
that big old black cats going to come get you.

Bagheera

Written By: Edward Knowles

BAGHEERA

One of these days girl
one of these days I’m just gonna bring to your monkey

I’m cold in the body
look rough in the velvet
I’m just gonna bring to your monkey

Sin in the sister 
sin in the sister
I hold the night air like rope in my ear

Do you recall
the night I spent with you
You will be free but you are still working
for someone else's living

You work for the man
you would die for your baby
I’m not gonna tell you your crazy.

You live by the river
you will die in the bottle
thats why I love you New York City

One of these mornings 
you will be sleeping
that big old black cats going to come get you.

Crows

Written By: Edward Knowles

CROWS

I've taken falls twice as bad
and still made love on the ever long
and those midnight crows they wash it off

Sweet meadow waters left alone
if I give these darlings all away
and those midnight crows they wash it off

I will follow those midnight crows
to the ever long.

Any man here will run you in

Written By: Edward Knowles

ANY MANY HERE WILL RUN YOU IN

Meet me in the early morning darling
meet me  in the early morn
In the early morn, the early morn

Mother in the door way watch the river
mother in the door way watch
in the early morn, the early morn

Don't come around here no more
with your pale eyed dog and his mouthful

cos any man here will run you in.

Banana man x8

Discography

7" single "What You Heard" 2005 NZ

7" Vinyl / Download Single - "Hunting Whales"
Released May 2007 Full Time Hobby UK

CD/Single - "Take Me There"
Released June 2007 Red Label - AUS
Released 7" single July 2007 Full Time Hobby - UK

CD/Single - "What you HEard"
Released June 2007 Red Label - AUS
Released 7" single July 2007 Full Time Hobby - UK

LP/ALBUM - "Hunting Whales" September 2007 Full Time Hobby - UK

SINGLE DOWNLOAD "There is a Field" 2008

LP/ALBUM - "Alice By The Moon" released NZ- Pie Club records/Rhythmethod 2009
Released September 2010- Pie Club Records/ MGM Australia

Set List

HUNTING WHALES
TAKE ME THERE
SHE’S A DREAMER
TIRED FROM SLEEPING
SEE ME PETER
TERRIBLY EASY
HONEST MAN
DON’T WAIT
WHAT YOU HEARD
MERCEDES CHILDREN
OH PLEASE
SHOULD I LIE
THAT ONE ON THE RIGHT
BAGHEERA
YOU AND ME
CROWS
BALLROOM BABY
ANY MAN HERE WILL RUN YOU IN
LET YOUR LOVER KNOW
GET OFF THE STAGE MAN
GOD BIRDS
BACK OF THE RESTAURANT
PARTY SONG
DOGS OF PERFECTION
READY TO DIE
BLACK FROG
ONE SOCK
PERFECT LOVER
WINTER SUN
SPIDERS
CANDYMAN
JETPLANE
MY BROTHER