It is from Maurice Gee’s eponymous children’s novel UNDER THE MOUNTAIN that WILBERFORCES draw their name – shape-shifting aliens that have lain dormant for thousands of years, crafting their plan beneath the five volcanoes of the Auckland isthmus…
Wilberforces play a hybrid of jangly flying nun pop/grunge meets DC Hardcore and Jamaican Dancehall.
They are influenced by bands such as Suicide, Slint, Pere Ubu, Hollow Grinders, 3Ds, The Fall and Fugazi, and solo artists such as Fela Kuti, Mulatu Asahi, The Bug and Warrior Queen. They have toured the North Island Of New Zealand several times.
Wilberforces have changed line ups bass player once drummers three times, orginally featuring Callum Sleigh first replaced by Jackson Hobbs . At the time of writing they are joined on drums by Matt Scheurich .The band also features Thom Burton from Yokel Ono and The Neverends, Chris Varnham from The Midnights, and Emily Littler from Mean Street, now renamed Street Chant.
Wilberforces Have two releases, a CD EP titled "Live from the five Volcanoes" and Seven Inch Vinyl featuring two songs from their forthcoming album, "Tidal Waves" and Psychik Shok".