After a two year journey from conception to completion, Christchurch based alternative rock trio The Helpful have released their debut EP, Waiting for Paradise. Painstakingly self-produced, the final product represents something unique on the current local and national music scene.
When asked to describe the sound, band front man Kris Muir points to the band's varied influences. "It's a real amalgamation. Bands like Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Elbow - this is the stuff we’re into".
Indeed, a lot of ground is covered within the four tracks. From the Smiths-esque jangly guitar of opener "Misused" and the syrupy grunge of "Only Human" through to the Pink Floyd soundscapes of title track "Waiting for Paradise" and power-pop of "Always", the band shows off some serious musical chops.
As far as live performances go, drummer Dru Norriss says that "we are in the final stages of honing our set and are ready to get out in front of anyone and everyone willing to listen! We're looking forward to getting out around Christchurch and beyond, we think we've got something special going on. Keep an eye out!"
Waiting for Paradise is available for directly from the band’s Bandcamp page from $0.00 (pay what you want!).