by Al Williams
Timaru band Earthshield is showcasing original compositions and local landmarks across digital platforms.
The band released its new single, Break In The Clouds, and accompanying video last week clocked up more than 1000 hits on YouTube.
Vocalist-guitarist Evan Gillespie said the band was now focused on promoting its music on digital platforms as it could reach a wider audience.
“We have all done our time on the road. We have driven up and down the country playing to no-one and it has been quite been expensive.”
Gillespie, drummer Ritchie Simpson and bass player Nigel Millington have been jamming together on and off for more than 20 years.
Their recent compositions are a blend of progressive rock and metal. Break In The Clouds is a salute to Gillespie’s older brother, Mark “Rangi” Gillespie, a well-known Timaru musician who died in a motorcycle accident in December 2007.
The accompanying video, which received funding from the Timaru District Council’s creative communities committee, was partly shot at Jacks Point, south of Timaru, where a memorial to Mark Gillespie stands.
Gillespie said the song was about dealing with the loss of his brother and turning the grief into a positive message.
The band supported Wellington rockers Head Like a Hole in Timaru, Christchurch and Dunedin last week.
“Timaru really turned it on for the concert,” Gillespie said.