Unfaithful Ways

Lyttelton based alt-country band Unfaithful Ways is at the forefront of the New Zealand country music revival. They met while still at school either through singing in choirs together, or in the case of Simon Brouwer by teaching the other band members at Christchurch Boys High School.

Band members

Marlon Williams is lead singer and the main songwriter, although all the band share both the vocals and song writing. Sebastian Warne plays electric guitar and Ben Woolley base, while Simon Brouwer is on drums.

In an interview with Undertheradar Simon says that they are aiming primarily for a good classic country song that will endure and lists his influences as The Band, The Flying Burrito Bros, Gram Parsons, Wilco and Ryan Adams.

Career to date

Having earned their stripes playing around Lyttelton and Christchurch the group put out their first EP called First Four Songs in 2009. This has been followed by their debut album Free Rein, recorded in Lyttelton and forged under difficult conditions after the February 2011 earthquake. NZ Musician described it as harmonised traditional rock and alt country showing authentic musicianship and old fashioned country sentimentality.

The band’s first tour followed later in 2011. The same year they played at the Silver Scroll Awards and were nominated for the Critics Choice award at the NZ Music Awards, aka the Tuis. They have been a supporting act for Band of Horses and Justin Townes Earl.

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