nomad’s signature lush vocal layers, heady harmonies and infectious, indie-pop hooks have been winning over unsuspecting live audiences in their native New Zealand. In May they venture overseas for the first time to perform in Germany and the UK.
Aasha Mallard, Will McGillivray and Cullen Kiesanowski formed nomad at school where they explored barbershop and kept going without a fourth member. They added instruments and left school a year later to begin performing as a band where their very different musical tastes collide to shape their alt-pop sound. “There was no Plan B” says McGillivray. They made their mark on the NZ charts with the undeniably catchy singles ‘Oh My My’ (gold) and ‘Love Will Call’, leading to support slots for The Vamps and Hanson, headline tours and the country’s main Festivals.
“They were looking for their individual voices and also a combined musical identity” says Producer of their debut album, Tom Healy. “This shared musical world is most audible in the harmonies, a communal voice comprised of Will’s deep baritone, Cullen’s midrange rasp and Aasha’s breathless falsetto. But their shared language is also in nomad’s desire to grow, and in the emotional rawness and honesty of the performance”