Written Blog


B17 The New Album


Hey folks   This is just a brief post to remind you we’re still alive despite all evidence the contrary (no gigs, no online activity etc etc) We’ve been working on 50 demos for a new album. So far we’ve culled them down to 23 but we can’t seem to decide on which of the [...]

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B16: Shame In Recovery


In case any of the following seems to the reader severe or harsh at all, I’d like to preface it with the following explanation. I have no judgment when it comes to addiction. I try to have as little judgment about anything as I can. But the following blog is not about right or wrong [...]

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B15: Finn’s Friends


Last night I went out with my 19-year-old guitarist Finn and his friends after attending the first of a new series of filmed boutique 4 person concerts he’s producing in his bedroom. The night reminded me of how rock and roll saves everyone’s life somehow or another when they’re growing up and of how youth [...]

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B14: L.A Upset


Dear friends, family and fans We got the devastating news last week that the big opportunity, that was to be the ballast for our whole L.A/ Europe trip, fell through. Utter balls ache. So once again Finn and I are in musical limbo, not totally giving up on heading over, just not sure how or [...]

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B13: It’s Hard To Get Clean


One of the things us recovering addicts do is ‘sponsor’ other addicts. This is a term they use in 12 step fellowships, it doesn’t mean sponsorship in the traditional sense of financial support, but more emotional and psychological support. While everyone does it differently, it basically involves a type of mentoring and taking the person [...]

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B12: The Covenant


Hey folks The most beautiful day of my life happened last month and I wanted to share with you the marriage vows my wife and I wrote for our wedding. We decided to have two separate parts to our vows: 1) Where we told the other why we loved them and why we wanted to [...]

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B11 Tommy and Finn Off Again


Tommy and Finn are off again! Hey folks below is a brief blurb about our upcoming few shows and the details of those shows. Like it says Finn and I are really busy saving money for L.A next year working our day jobs and using our spare time to finish our homemade double album! The [...]

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B10: Brilliant Weekend


Brilliant Weekend I’m writing at work feeling like death after a brilliant first weekend of The Alternative Country Tour which I’m doing just with my young guitarist ‘Curious Finn’. My mum just TXT’d me asking how it went and knowing she’s an appreciator of irony I wrote: 5hrs slp 3 nites in a row, 22 [...]

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B9: things are looking up for old tom benefield


With the new Tubecasts finally up and running and the website running more smoothly in general now, and therefore my podcasts becoming more regular also, I find myself wondering about the relevance of a written blog? Which is strange because it’s not like since the advent of TV I find myself wondering about the relevance [...]

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B8: Parihaka Lyrics


Hey folks at long last here are the umpteenth-times-promised lyrics to the song most infamously known as Parihaka. This song came to me in a flash of inspiration as i went for my evening walk. by the time I was half way down the hill i had to run back home and write it all [...]

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Blog 7: Complaining


Hey folks   Yesterday I started writing the blog below but got more and more depressed as I wrote it. I went for a walk at dusk last night up into the hills above the little valley where my house hides. I used to go for these walks daily but haven’t found the time over [...]

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Blog 6: my drug story


I first came to a 12 step-fellowship when I was 14. I’d been using drugs for 16 months. A year earlier I’d been 2 months clean seeing an alcohol and drug counselor after having smoked cannabis for about 4 months.   I come from a small country called New Zealand and I lived in a [...]

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Blog 5 Requiem for advice


After 4 weeks touring New Zealand during the weekends with my brilliant 17 year old guitarist Finn, I started thinking about what to do after we release the album here in New Zealand. As the result of a bunch of experiences in the last few years my belief that a interventionist god will one day [...]

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Blog 4 Dense spiritual treatise ☺


Hey Folks Here’s an old BLOG I wrote three years ago when I was trying to keep my myspace page alive. It’s pretty intense, it’s about spirituality. I remember about 4 years before I wrote it seeing a copy of the book ‘Conversations with God’ on a friend’s coffee table and reading half a page [...]

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Blog 3 Playing to Everyone


Hey folks   We still have two more shows so this is a little premature but I wanted to make sure those of you who are regular checkers wouldn’t feel neglected and say “thank you so much to the amazing audiences, radio listeners and website visitors who’ve been overwhelming us with support, encouragement, inspiration and [...]

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Blog 2 Playing to No one


BLOG 2: Playing to no one No one wants to play to no one (I think?) and gigs where no one turns up have, for me, been traditionally ‘no fun’. None the less you still go on stage, not only to perform that night but also to continue booking shows and agreeing to perform again. [...]

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Blog 1: getting started


BLOG 1: getting started. Kia Ora everyone Thank you all for being so patient waiting for this website and thank you to those impatient folks who constantly harassed me to get this one cranking! I’d like to apologize to those loyal friends and fans who kept checking the Myspace page for updates only to find [...]

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