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Sneaky Feelings were a 1980s New Zealand pop/rock band, led by Matthew Bannister, who recorded on the Flying Nun label. Initially recording with the line-up of Bannister (guitar), David Pine (guitar), Kat Tyrie (bass) and Martin Durrant (drums), Tyrie was replaced by John Kelcher early in the band’s career. Durrant left shortly before the band’s demise, and was replaced by Ross Burge.

Sneaky Feelings were unusual among Dunedin Sound bands in that all four members of the band sang and several of the members wrote material. The jangle sound of the guitars and layered vocals drew their influence from the music of the Byrds and the Beatles, and comparisons can be made with some of California’s Paisley Underground bands.

The band’s name comes from a song by Elvis Costello, “Sneaky Feelings”, which is on his debut album My Aim Is True (1977).


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  • sietze

    2,913 listeners can't be wrong!

    30 Nov 2011 Reply
  • roundmyskull

    "Maybe you need to come back" is the track I use to turn people on to the Sneaky Feelings. But I love basically everything they're done.

    1 Dec 2008 Reply
  • vi3tc0ng

    hell yes

    19 Oct 2008 Reply
  • andover

    fully down with this band, after hearing one song.

    28 Feb 2007 Reply
  • jnikopol

    dammit i love this

    6 Dec 2006 Reply

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