Entertainment, Gig Guide · 8 May 2021

FOTA is Back This Weekend

Aimee Wilson

Aimee Wilson


The world’s most eclectic line-up physically possible on stage is how Invercargill band FOTA describes its upcoming performance on Saturday night.

Guitarist Vance Manu said while they were traditionally a hard rock band, the gig at the Southland Musician’s Club would be a mixture of different genres.

“There will be heavy metal, a bit of weird stuff… but no folk or country,” he said.

FOTA has been playing in some shape or form for the past 20 years, and the current line-up includes Jay Sellwood (vocals), Shane McDowall (bass) and newcomer Joseph O’Donnell on drums – replacing Ben Morton.

The origins behind their band name remains a secret and Vance said they get asked all the time, so he likes to just keep people guessing.

“We (FOTA) play loud music, we’re from Invercargill and have guitars, ’nuff said really.”

The band has played many gigs in its 20 year history, but are keen to spread themselves a bit further afield in the future, he said.

“We went on a hiatus for awhile, until we found a new drummer.”

He said while many would describe their music as straight heavy metal, he liked to think the band had a bit more substance to it.

“We do have dynamics, we’re not just straight screaming all the time – we do change it up a bit.”

As well as touring more around New Zealand, the band is currently working on writing more songs to record an album and then release it on vinyl.

Saturday night’s gig starts at 7:30pm and door cash sales available. $10 or $5 if you’re a student.

Check out fota.bandcamp.com to listen to their music.