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Smashproof

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Smashproof continue to release new music 15 years after the release of their debut single ‘Brother’ which went on to become a kiwi classic.

Getting together in 2019 over numerous sessions during the year as part of their 10 year celebrations, Smashproof wrote and recorded a range of songs together and decided to release them.

The latest song is called ‘Broken Chains’ and features Ché Fu, the man who wrote and released the NZ #1 song “Chains’ along with DLT back in 1996 which inspired this song. ‘Broken Chains’ is a protest song and asks hard questions.

“‘Broken Chains’ is a song about breaking the chains of generational issues that have affected Maori and Pacific Islanders in New Zealand” says group member TY. “There are internal and external issues that we need to confront, and this song looks at them full frontal”.

‘It was great to get back in the studio and write together’ says fellow group member Deach. ‘We have grown up, and moved on down different life paths, but we still have the chemistry to write awesome songs together as a group’.

Smashproof first catapulted to fame in 2009 when their debut single, ‘Brother’ (featuring Gin Wigmore) reached #1 on the Top 40 Singles Chart in New Zealand. It went on to hold the position for a staggering 11 weeks - a streak that is yet to be broken - receiving triple platinum certification.

‘Brother’ featured on the album, The Weekend, which was released later that year (via Move The Crowd Records/Universal Music) and debuted at #3 on the Top 40 Albums Chart in New Zealand and is certified Gold. It was recognised by writer Nick Bollinger in his book as one of NZ’s Essential 100 Albums. That same year, Smashproof won three New Zealand Music (Tui) Awards, including the coveted People’s Choice, Highest Selling Single and Best Video (Chris Graham). The second single off the album, ‘Ordinary Life’ is also certified gold and the 3rd single, ‘It’s Friday’, was also a top 20 hit.

Four years later Smashproof reunited to release the EP Forever, which featured the iTunes #1 ‘Paint Fade (featuring Drew)’ and ‘Survivors (featuring Pieter T)’ which won The Pacific Music Award’s APRA Best Pacific Song and Best Pacific Video (again with Chris Graham) in 2015.

TY says ‘it was quite special to reflect and look back on the success we had together as a group, and we enjoyed getting back in the studio together and challenging each other and giving each other a hard time again. I don’t know if we will do it much more, as we are very different people now from who we were then, but it was a special experience’.

Recognised for their heartfelt, socially poignant, and memorable music, Smashproof comprises of Sidney Diamond (Sid Diamond – formerly Young Sid), Tyree Tautogia (TY/Tyree) and Fred Fa’afou (Deach). The trio are South Aucklanders of Maori/Cook Island Maori, Niuean, and Samoan heritage.

Since 2009, All three group members have successfully forged their own solo careers, and continue to perform across New Zealand and Australia on a regular basis (when able to).

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Broken Chains (Cody Wave Remix)

Broken Chains

Star Shooter

Never Let You Down

Survivors (Acoustic Remix)

Forever

Album

The Weekend

Ordinary Life

Single

Brother

It's Friday

Ordinary Life

Liquor

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