Jimmy Christmas likes New Plymouth so much his band planned their latest tour around it.
"We played at Butlers Reef at New Year and it was pretty amazing. There was a great crowd, so we wanted to make sure we came back for a Saturday night gig," Christmas says.
The frontman of rock band Luger Boa says the group love performing live.
They hit the road with opening band Black River Drive and will perform in Taranaki on July 30.
"We have a responsibility to go out on the road and give something special. We're not a band that just plays their record. We want it to be more exciting, overwhelming - a sensory experience."
Since their last album release more than two years ago, they have opened for Kings of Leon, cranked up their airplay on radio and toured the country.
How successful have they been then?
"Depends how you define success. It's a great achievement to make a second album. And to have a band that's tight and together - personalities are always a consideration and we've cracked that. Plus we've got an exciting live act."
He says this could be the band's last national tour, as they try and crack the international market.
Think Australia, Europe, Japan and the United States.
The key is knowing what you're trying to achieve, he says.
One song he tips to be of good value is the new single The Same Things, which has been a crowd favourite already.
"You know it's good when they've only heard it once before and it has the power to move an audience."
While he hopes the Taranaki crowds will be receptive, he's also hanging out to hit the surf here, which he's never experienced.
"I've got a new warm wetsuit, I might have to give it a crack. So if there's anybody out there who wants to take me for a wave or point me in the right direction let me know."
Luger Boa and Black River Drive play Butlers Reef, Saturday July 30 at 8pm. Pre-sale tickets $20, door sales $25.
Until next time keep rockin'
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