Sere are from Auckland and they play some of the most whacked-out, nihilistic rhythms you'll ever hear. They like cats, draw from eclectic influences and live in drug-induced conflict (sometimes).

We chatted with them as part of our Two Minutes With series, ahead of their support slot for Black Tusk—and joined by fellow locals Bloodnut—at the Kings Arms on August 3.

Describe your music in five words or less?

Bleak esoteric thug psych.

What’s going on in the world of Sere?

We're about to release a black piece of spinning plastic. Do some shows and then pile into recording another one.

What motivates you to make music?

An uncontrollable constant need for exploration of sound and expression.  

What have been the high and low points of your musical experiences so far? 

High points? When people you look up to musically like your stuff.

Low points? When various band members are all abusing different substances and not getting along at all and all blaming each other for it. I (Grant Sheridan; vocals and guitar) can easily take some blame for this.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

Here are my last five LP purchases:

Warfaring Strangers—The Darkscorch Canticles (rad comp of mid 70's American proto metal)

Ras G and the African Space Program—Back On The Planet

Grateful Dead—Live/Dead

Purple Pilgrims—Eternal Delight

Zig Zags—Running Out Of Red

If you were stranded on a desert island, which member of the band would get eaten first? And why?

I went to a nutritional seminar just yesterday, so with that in mind I'll go with the healthy choice—Bridge. There won't be much in the way of nasty chemicals in him.

Here’s an opportunity to bitch about something, whether music related or not. What really pisses you off?

Self-righteous, sanctimonious pricks that only ever point fingers and can't accept any blame or reflect upon themselves and how they operate in the world. They must always be the most correct; the most morally superior. It’s really grating and unhelpful in the scheme of things.

You’re putting together your perfect gig featuring New Zealand artists. Who would you get to play and where? Feel free to include acts/DJs/bands/venues that no longer exist. 

Wasteland, Drug Problem and Scab at Thrash Palace in Hamilton. Some of the most fun times I've had have involved these bands and this house.

Unfortunately none of these bands or the house exists anymore, but I would like to see them again. The people who lived at the house would probably prefer to keep it as a memory though haha.


Tickets from, Oztix, the venues and for Wellington and Auckland.