From: New Zealand
Genre: Rock, Hip Pop
It’s been somewhat of a long wait, but our third studio album Until the End of Time was released on the 2nd of August 2010.
The album was recorded at Roundhead Studios in Auckland and Modern World Studios in the UK with our long-time collaborators and music production royalty, Greg Haver and Clint Murphy.
We found some new toys to play with when recording the album because sonically we wanted to evolve from Second Hand Planet yet retain what we did well as a band, so we kept the same great team around us and added some new dimensions.
One of those new dimensions involved some experimentation with vocals and you might notice the use of a voice pedal on a few of the tracks, not something you would usually associate with our genre of music.
We found it fascinating that the hip-hop and stock pop culture had embraced the synthesised artefacts of pseudo voices like Lil’ Wayne so we thought we would try integrating it into some of our music and see where it would go.
We hope you like it…
The story so far...
Over the past seven years, Auckland based four-piece OPSHOP has become one of New Zealand’s best-loved bands, crafting a constant stream of massive hits and two multi platinum-selling albums, You Are Here and Second Hand Planet.
Now OPSHOP has returned, releasing their third studio album Until the End of Time, proving time together has done nothing but enhance the band’s ability at the song writing desk, and in the recording booth.
It seems an age now since OPSHOP found mainstream fame with singles such as No Ordinary Thing, Secrets, Levitate, and Saturated, all popular singles from the You Are Here Album, released in 2004.
However, those songs certainly hit the airwaves and lodged themselves firmly in New Zealand’s musical lexicon, providing the critical and commercial acclaim required to keep the band on target for a lengthy career at the top of the New Zealand charts.
Of course, it wasn’t without its moments of doubt! The band’s relentless touring and publicity schedule following the release of You Are Here led to some inevitable personnel changes (the current line-up has been together since 2005) and lead singer Jason Kerrison was determined to keep the album production closer to the band.
“I had felt somewhat isolated from the process with the production and mixing of our debut based in the States,” he says.
“The experience was ultimately both frustrating and alarming but not because we’re control freaks – it’s just because we take a complete approach to our music and believe in our songs…okay, so we’re control freaks.”
If You Are Here was the net result of schoolboy ambition (Kerrison and Treacy first became musically acquainted at Christchurch’s St Bede’s College) Second Hand Planet would be the fulfilment of the band’s desire to work with the best, and to be omnipresent during the recording and production process.
Cue Greg Haver, producer for the Manic Street Preachers, Super Furry Animals, Lost Prophets, Tom Jones and a host of other British stars. He wanted to work with OPSHOP. They couldn’t see a problem with that.
The problems would come soon enough though.
“We had pre-produced around ten of the fourteen songs slated for Second Hand Planet and we realised that all these songs had been written at different times, for different reasons, and that there was absolutely no cohesion to the album,” says Jason.
“Greg was about to head away with the Manic Street Preachers and we had three weeks to find our collective voice, re-work our material, and in some cases, start from scratch. It was a hell of a time!”
Hell of a time perhaps, but the result was one of those rare nuggets of sonic genius that catapult a band from interesting to iconic.
Second Hand Planet did not so much explode onto the charts and burn from the inside out, rather it hit number one in its 32nd week, distributing along the way some of the most recognisable songs of the last decade.
Maybe (New Zealand’s most played single in 2007), Waiting Now and Big Energy in Little Spaces all received widespread critical and commercial success, but it was the achingly familiar One Day (feat. Dianne Swann) that stole the show, and led Second Hand Planet to triple platinum sales.
“The way I write songs means they don’t have to make immediate sense,” says Jason. “At an emotional level, though, they hit where they hit. It’s non-linear, it just works where it works.”
One Day certainly worked, picking up a host of industry awards along the way, including the 2008 APRA Silver Scroll for Song of the Year, arguably the highest accolade awarded for song writing in New Zealand.
The success of Second Hand Planet allowed the band to enjoy what they consider a ‘slight sabbatical’, but that only means finding time to write another album and work alongside some familiar faces.
“We went back to Greg Haver and Engineer Clint Murphy for our third album because we thought they had done such a great job with the last one,” deadpans Jason.
“Seriously though, we have pushed the boat out on this one and have brought in a lot of experimentation while staying true to the way we like to write and perform!”
Experimentation can sometimes go wrong but it would appear that this is not the case with Until the End of Time, released on the 2nd of August 2010, the album went straight to the top of the iTunes ladder and debuted at Number One on the Official NZ Top 40 Album Chart.
And all on the back of just one single, with many more surely to follow, it is now clearly apparent that OPSHOP have stepped everything up a notch and another great New Zealand Album has been born.
Airplay & Accolades
• Most played song on New Zealand Radio for twelve consecutive weeks (Maybe 2007)
• Most played song on New Zealand Radio for five consecutive weeks (One Day)
• Most Played Video on Juice TV (Maybe 2007)
• Most Played Video on C4 Television (Maybe 2007)
• Winners of the Best Group Video Award at the 2007 Juice TV Awards (Maybe)
• Most Nominated Artists at the 2007 NZ Music Awards with seven nominations
• Winners of the coveted “Peoples Choice” Award at the 2007 NZ Music Awards
• Finalist for Song of the Year at the prestigious 2007 APRA Silver Scroll Awards (Maybe)
• Finalist for New Zealand Artist of the Year at the 2008 MTV Australia Music Awards
• Winners for Most Performed Work at the prestigious 2008 APRA Silver Scroll Awards (One Day)
• Winners for Song of the Year at the prestigious 2008 APRA Silver Scroll Awards (One Day)
• Winners for Single of the Year at the 2008 NZ Music Awards (One Day)
• Winners for Highest Selling Single at the 2008 NZ Music Awards (One Day)
• Winners for Highest Selling Album at the 2008 NZ Music Awards (Second Hand Planet)
• Winners for Most Played Song on New Zealand Radio with 10,000+ spins (Maybe)
• YOU ARE HERE was awarded Platinum Status in recognition of sales achieved
• SECOND HAND PLANET was awarded Triple Platinum Status in recognition of sales achieved
• Number One Selling Album on the NZ Music Charts and iTunes (Until the End of Time)
• Number One Selling Album on the NZ Music Charts and iTunes (Second Hand Planet)
• Number One Selling Single on the NZ Music Charts and iTunes (Maybe)
• Number One Selling Single on the NZ Music Charts and iTunes (One Day)
• Number One Selling Single on Vodafone Mobile (One Day)
• Number One Selling Single on Vodafone Mobile (Maybe)
• Highest Selling Digital Single on Telecom Mobile for 2007/08 (One Day)
• Highest Selling Ringtone & Caller Tune on Telecom Mobile for 2007/08 (One Day)
• Most Popular Digital Single Artist on Telecom Mobile for 2007/08
• Most Popular Ringtone & Caller Tune Artist on Telecom Mobile for 2007/08
• First Artist to have the Number One Selling Album and Single on iTunes whilst also holding the
• Number One Position on the NZ Album Charts (Second Hand Planet/Maybe)
• Second Artist to have the Number One Selling Album and Single on iTunes whilst also holding the Number One Position on the NZ Album Charts (Second Hand Planet/One Day)
• Secured a TVC Licensing Agreement with New Zealand Post (One Day)
• Secured a Licensing Agreement on MTV’s worldwide hit show THE HILLS
• Secured a Licensing Agreement on The Discovery Channel’s Hit Series THE DEADLIEST CATCH