Band of the Day

2014.06.24

Chris Hurn

Cheery whistle-a-long ditties inspired by the sunny sounds of the 60s
Take your time, take it slow, drink your wine, use your hands, use your eyes, hold someone.
lyrics from Whatcha Got

Chris Hurn is a twenty-four year old folk-pop singer/songwriter based in Auckland, New Zealand. After playing in various local bands, including Play it Strange national songwriting competition winners “The Lunch Box Boys”, a 60’s style indie pop band, he discovered a love for folk music and decided to go solo in late 2009.

Inspired by the likes of Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen he began to write a collection of songs that would soon become his debut album “Too Busy Dreamin”. Although heavily influenced by his folk heroes, he draws upon a wide range of genres and styles of music. As well as having a soft spot for modern pop and rock, Chris has spent a considerable amount of time soaking up 60′s pop groups, notably The Mamas and the Papas, The Beatles and the Kinks.

Coming from a multi-instrumental background, Hurn commenced his musical endeavours at a young age with the piano and a cheap plastic recorder. His first album is heavily based around the acoustic guitar but whistles, clicks, claps, harmonica and harmonies also play a big part in the sound. Impressively, he plays all the instruments on his debut as well as mixing and producing it himself. His lyrics reveal a world-wise maturity far beyond his years and coupled with his knack for writing catchy melodies, he seems sure to secure himself a place amongst New Zealand’s fine new generation of singer/songwriters.

Chris is currently working on his sophomore album to be released early 2015.