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New preview!

Time for another preview from the upcoming album. It features almost T-Pain-esque abuse of auto-tune, a solo made with Bebot and Aidan singing falsetto. And Penelope rapping.


“Something is deeply broken in New Zealand. I don’t know, maybe you should just get off my lawn, but I reckon there’s blame to be apportioned and a lot of it goes to these guys. This number was partially inspired by this whole story over here, and partially by a general ill feeling towards the general ill feeling we’re surrounded with. It’s pretty explicit, you can work it out.”


“I’m not sure how well my bit fits with the rest of the track, but I felt like moan-rock needed to be parodied at least once on the album, so there it is.”

You can get it over here at our Soundcloud page. Not the Sunley Band will be out sometime very soon!

New Album Preview

We’re very happy to bring you this preview from our upcoming album Not the Sunley Band. Please note that this is not your average Sunley Band music, hence the album title. Some people may find some content offensive, others may find it confusing or frightening.

This particular track shouldn’t offend or frighten anybody. It may confuse some. This is our stab at creating a public service announcement rap about cervical screening. You can check out the unmastered preview on our Soundcloud page, and read our comments on it below.


This song is inspired by the cervical screening campaign television adverts. A woman in one of the ads proclaims: “It’s not like you can just say ‘have you had your … inspected lately'” and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to create a PSA rap in the mould of the Do The Right Thing campaign of the late eighties. As I set out writing I took advice from my feminist-blog-writing partner. She rightly pointed out that a cold speculum was not “a real big thrillah” by any means, but that it was OK to leave the line in because it rhymed. At this point in the process I honestly though that we could offer the song to the National Cervical Screening Programme for use in a future campaign. Maybe I was kidding myself. Certainly, when I heard Dangerfield’s verse I gave up that hope – I don’t think they would be cool asking women to “come in and let us poke around inside your lady parts,” or with us suggesting that the medical professional performing the screening would also provide a foot massage. Oh well. It’s a shame, because the Programme does good work, and they deserve a hip tune or two.


“I finally fulfilled my lifelong dream of incorporating ‘lady parts’ into a rap”


Apologies for not posting here in… a year…

Anyway, aware that some people have probably followed me on Twitter expecting me to talk about music and instead having to listen to me rant about politics or software development, I’ve created a new Sunley Band account.

It’s @sunleyband– go ahead and follow us and we’ll try and keep our jerseys separate from our unmentionables!

Coming up

We have gigs coming up… firstly a private show next week, followed by an appearance at the 5th birthday event.

The week following, we’ll be at the Organic Wine and Food Festival at Sammy’s… hope to see everyone there!

Bank of Sunley

Penelope gave me this to help me out paying the rent for the practice room.

It’s cruel on two levels:

1. I don’t have any money and would like some.

2. She made me look like a paint-huffer.

Darn your socks, Penelope!

Also, thanks for thinking of me and stuff.


Last week the band had a group vocal lesson. It was a very valuable experience for us as we put a lot of effort into vocal arrangements and I know personally I needed better tools for warming my voice up and using it properly.

We though Hana Fahy was a very good teacher and would recommend her to anyone in the Dunedin area. Also, I’d recommend her album here!