The band then win themselves the coveted Christchurch slot for the
Shihad tour. The band enlist the services of London-based Marc
Swadel, veteran of many NZ video clips, to come over and film
The band then release their debut
E.P. and video, selling all the
copies they had at their release party, and continue to work on
their forthcoming album.
“Rotate” is submitted to NZ On Air and immediately gains a position
on Indie Hit Disc 21 and spends 2 weeks being Generator FM’s most
requested song. The Rock and Channel Z also come to the party,
playing the more retro rockin’ tracks off the E.P.
The band continue with high profile supports, including Elemeno P
and Blindspott, and also appear on TV 2’s Space. The band were also
incredibly surprised one night after drinking Canterbury Draught in
the practice room. A new local knowledge question under the bottle
top asks “Which Christchurch based band released the Rotate E.P. in
Great headliners and supports keep coming, including Tadpole, Zed,
PanAm, Eight and Tadpole, and Australian bands Grinspoon,
Shutterspeed and Screamfeeder. An article in Rip It Up gives the
band a glowing review for the Rotate E.P., stating it “would be a
hard debut for any band to follow”.
Hooster start 2004 off nicely with an internet competition giving
bands a chance to play at the Big Day Out. All the winning band has
to do is obtain the most votes. Hooster put out the word to their
people and win the competition over hundreds of other bands with an
excess of 3500 votes.
After appearances on C-4 and TV3, and numerous write ups, the band
open the Big Day Out to a responsive audience. The band enjoy the
rest of the day, with one band member rumored to have chatted up
Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas. So infamous was this story the
guilty member returned to C-4 for a second interview on “Homegrown”.
The band also open the Rock’s “Big Day After” party at the King’s
After appearing on TV 2’s “National Anthem”, the band release the
Rotate album to rave reviews. The second video single off the
album, “Throw”, is produced by local movie stalwart Aden Shillito,
and receives play on C-4 and Juice.
2005 provides even more high profile supports with Gramsci, Autozamm
and Eight. Renewed interest in the Song "Rotate" is apparent after
appearing on the "Keeping Secrets" Christchurch compilation.
"Rotate" is now a signature tune on XSTV, and
is regularly played on Kiwi FM. Hooster plan to take this song and
the album to the masses!