betchadupa began in the lazy summer of 1997. Matt Eccles (drums) and Liam Finn (vocals and guitar) spent their school holidays writing and recording songs. With a love for all things alternative, and an obsession with the Beatles, the two friends knew they were on to something special and decided to bring in a guitarist and bass player to complete the line up. Enter Joe Bramley on bass and Chris Garland on guitar.
The band spent the next few years playing live and building a solid following before releasing their self titled debut EP in early 2000. New Zealand radio fell in love with “Empty Head” from the EP and within months the band were being talked about as one of the most exciting young bands in the country. And they hadn’t even finished school then.
By early 2001 it was clear for all to see that Betchadupa were becoming one of the finest bands NZ had seen in a long, long time. They released their second EP (the 3D EP), and ended the year on a high playing alongside Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder at the Neil Finn and Friends concert in Auckland, and being named Top New Act at the prestigious NZ Music Awards.
2002 finally saw the release of Betchadupa’s debut album cleverly titled “the alphabetchadupa”. The album debuted at #2 in the New Zealand Charts, and went on to win a slew of awards at the B-Net and NZ Music Awards. At a time when the world was finally waking up to New Zealand’s fine musical culture, Betchadupa were slowly burning hotter and hotter.
As years go, 2002 was a tough one to top, but Betchadupa gave it a go. Since January of 2003 they’ve played huge shows in Australia and New Zealand with Pearl Jam, Janes Addiciton, and Queens Of The Stoneage (all at the personal invitation of the bands), as well as becoming the toast of the South By Southwest Music Convention in Austin, Texas. Having just signed a new recording deal with Liberation Music, the rest of the year look set to be dominated by writing and recording a new album, and playing more live shows.
…oh yes, and in case we forgot to mention, Betchadupa are one of the best live bands you will see for many years to come.