The Lunatics

The Lunatics is a band of like-minded individuals who share a love of music; all live with Tourette Syndrome; all find that music provides much needed respite from their daily tics; and all agree that "Music is life. That's why our hearts beat." (Cecily Morgan)


The Lunatics formed in 2018 after an offer from the Play It Strange trust was made to the Tourette’s Association of NZ to have an act join other individuals living with other neuro-diverse disorders for the We Are One concert held in Auckland on April 14th.

Four very enthusiastic young people jumped at the opportunity and set about writing three original songs to perform during their set.

There was one slight problem though – all of the band members lived in different parts of the country. Fortunately our drummer Hannah Allen has wonderful parents who were prepared to drive her to Auckland to rehearse with Ethan Downey-Parish who had written one of the three original songs “Sometimes it is hard to forget someone that you love”.

Meanwhile Ava Thornley and Analise Twemlow, both songwriters and vocalists, commuted to Invercargill and Christchurch and worked with a local guitarist, Zee Bately, to write “Aliens” – a heartfelt song about how they felt the world perceives them.

Finally the band rehearsed in full for the first time on the morning of the show – spending hours fine- tuning both songs but unfortunately running out of time to finalise their third song, “Get outta here”.

However the show must go on so the band took to the stage and gave it their all – to which the audience responded with applause, whistles and cheers.

While in Auckland the band went into a recording studio with sound engineers Andrew Buckton and Nick Abbott to record ‘Aliens’ which is being released on June 18, 2018 as a fundraiser for the Tourette’s Association of New Zealand.

The band is next performing at Camp Twitch in 2018 and is auditioning to play at Christmas in the Park in both Auckland and Christchurch.

 

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Meet The Lunatics 2018

The current line-up of The Lunatics includes:

 

 

Manager: Robyn Twemlow, 021 940-855 or email: robyn@tourettes.org.nz

To email the band: thelunaticsnz@gmail.com

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