Christchurch-based pop-group, The Insurgents were the darlings of the all-ages scene courtesy of their involvement with Will Edmonds’ Out of Kilter. The original line-up of Young, Coffey and Ellis displayed a strong Brit-pop influence on Chris Young’s songs, whilst Mike Ellis added an element of US Indie-Pop to proceedings.
Ellis and Young have tremendous chemistry together, shaping their songs with perfect harmonies and huge hooks, whilst Coffey keeps things nice and tight.
The band spent a year on hiatus courtesy of guitarist/vocalist Chris Young’s other pop-tastic band Neil Robinson winning the Smoke-Free Rock-Quest in 2006, and eventually succumbed to the big OE, with all 4 members leaving Christchurch for an overseas experience.
Along the way the group recorded an EP with Jo Veale, added Will Edmonds on guitar and recorded what was essentially a post-breakup album for Rob Mayes Failsafe Records.
This release eventually saw them frequent New Zealand television with their song ‘Rather Be Dead’ in adverts for Canterbury University.
With the albums release the group hastily shot and released a handful of music video’s with director Peter Bannan, each filmed as largely continuous shots at the groups established suburban Sockburn House-Party flat with a huge number of Friends and fans.
The group would basically reform as Wellington outfit No Aloha before moving on to their own projects.
Chris Young would go on to find success with London-based pop group Superorganism.
- Chris Young (No Aloha, The Eversons, Superorganism, guitar / vocals, 2004 – 2009)
- David Coffey (No Aloha, drums, 2004 – 2009)
- Mike Ellis (Ghost Wave, Kosmetika, No Aloha, Space Ventura, Surf City, bass / keyboards / vocals, 2004 – 2009)
- Will Edmonds (guitar / vocals / keyboards / bass, 2007 – 2008)
- Perry Mahoney (Civil Union, Crash Material, No Aloha, O’Lovely, Guardian Singles, bass, 2009)
- Yours Disappointingly EP (2008, Self-Released)
- All the Stupid Smiling Faces (2009, Failsafe Records)