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JR / James Rochester

ArtForm: CityShowcase Act/Composer, New Zealand

JR is singer songwriter guitarist James Rochester.  After spending time in the UK and Europe performing and writing as a solo artist and with bands JR returned to NZ to begin working on an album. The debut album “Another Beginning, Another End” is out in 2010, which will see him and his band “the GMC” scaring small animals as they hurtle around NZ making themselves heard.

“When James Rochester rolled out his new band at the Cabana two weeks ago, they were so on fire paint was almost blistering off the walls and ceiling” Claire Hamlin, Napier Mail 2009

Assisted by Ian Morris (thr Dudes, Tex Pistol) on the mixing and mastering “Another Beginning, Another End” was recorded over the second half of 2009.  JR plays all guitars, bass and keys on the album so the putting together of “the GMC” was a process of finding the right musicians to faithfully render the tunes but also bring diversity of tones and influence to the writing process. 

JR’s hand picked band of stellar musicians is Bassist Brad (Billys Gospel) Guitarist Iain (Pearl/the Real Thing) Drummer Matt (RetroBates/ Undefeated).

Songwriter JR has performed as a solo artist for the last 15 years as well as singer/ guitarist in bands. His roots are in classic rock like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Guns n Roses, S.T.P’s and Pearl Jam. 

When he’s not up at his studio he shares with drummer Matt or mixing bands down at the Cabana Bar JR’s also a guitar repairer and guitar maker performing and recording using guitars designed and built by himself.

JR recently performed with fellow Hawkes Bay bands Jakob and Blvd Nights for a Cancer Fundraiser at the Cabana Bar, raising over $5000.00 for charity.

“Another Beginning, Another End has a classic rock/grunge sound (with a few acoustics in there also).  The instruments are crisp and well mixed, and show that JR is clearly a talented musician (he recorded all of the instruments himself).  I particularly enjoyed the powerful deep (walking) bass which drives many of the songs”.  Review from

Biog as provided for City Showcase 2010

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