We need your help.
They go by the name SAVE – the Society of Avian Vocal Entertainers. They play every morning and play an encore every evening too. Hell, these guys gig harder than Katchafire!
SAVE has many members, far too many to mention them all right now, but here are just a few of the marquee players (we would have a kiwi too, but let’s be honest, those guys get enough publicity as it is). Take a listen to the band and then find out how you can help:
Kakapo – Skraaark! BOOOM! Man, you name it, I’ll do it. I beatbox almost as good as Beardyman does, and sometimes the fellas push me up front to kick some raps, usually freestyle, like: “I’m like Skrraaark! I hang in National Paaarks, you might’ve seen me humpin’ the head of this guy named Maaaark” anyway… stuff like that. I BOOM and Skraaark mostly though, have a listen.
Piwakawaka – Sup, I’m Pi (pronounced: pee – I know, I copped it back at school). I take care of the high frequency rhythm section, known to drummers as the hi-hats. Sometimes I get a bit distracted though when people walk past, kicking up worms and stuff. Mmm, worms.
Bellbird – Belle’s the name. I had a hard time getting into SAVE to begin with, and it was mainly because of the pesky tui, that guy does such a good impression of my song! But the raw truth is that I just do it better. Sure, I can’t do the phone, or the starling, but I really do nail my call and that’s why I’m here.
Albatross – The guys call me Gammy, even though I prefer Albie. I’m mostly rhythm, I mean, who else can clack their jaw like this!
Yellow-Eyed Penguin – I’m a pretty recent member of SAVE, and I don’t hang around in trees like some of these other weirdos. I don’t really even know why they want me in the band, I’m kindof tone deaf – my Maori name Hoiho means ‘noisy shouter’! – I think band-leader Sirocco might just have a thing for rare birds.
Morepork – I’m usually only in the studio, ‘cos I’m a bit of a night-owl (see what I did there). I’m not really one for playing live gigs, but if you cock your head in the direction of your window, you’ll hear me most nights.
Grey Warbler – All this fuss about a Spokesbird when I WAS THE BIRD OF THE BLOODY YEAR!! Look, I just can’t talk right now, I’m too mad. But you’ll probably hear me in the bush. (Okay… it was a couple of years ago that I was bird of the year).
Kea – Yeah I hear you Grey, this lazy budgie is taking all our glory, like how I’m supposed to be the cheeky one… I bet Sirocco’ll leave soon, and start his own solo thing. He’s getting too big for his boots, keeps saying I play the mountain-skraark too.
Well, we reckon it’s about time we made a big change around here, and we need our fans to make some noise. We reckon our hit The Dawn Chorus shoud be our new National Anthem.
How about at the Rugby World Cup this year, we watch our All Blacks listen to our special dawn chorus, instead of watching them pretend to sing God Defend New Zealand? This is the true sound of New Zealand, the sound that Captain Cook once described as ‘deafening’. What do you guys think?
Leave a comment below if you want to help SAVE – The Dawn Chorus.