NEW ZEALAND HERALD STAFF REPORT
AUCKLAND, New Zealand — On the eve of the Single Malt Curlers sold-out show this Sunday at Auckland’s Vector Arena, singer and tambourine player Adriena Daunt announced she’s leaving the band.
Daunt gave no reason for her decision to leave the SMCs after co-founding it seven years ago.
Speculation has run rampant with some music industry insiders suggesting creative differences may be tearing apart the SMCs; others believe Daunt is pregnant. But she quickly dismissed that theory.
“Nah, I don’t really like children,” said the statuesque Daunt. “They shout and run about, kind of like travel writers, and I’m just not cut out for parenthood.”
Daunt has been a driving force during the ascent of the Single Malt Curlers, serving as band manager as well as a singer. Some see her as the Christine McVie to Casey Chiotti’s Stevie Nicks, but SMC members dismiss the comparison to Fleetwood Mac.
The band’s eldest member, David Lansing, said “The Single Malt Curlers aren’t the Fleetwood Mac of New Zealand – we’re the Single Malt Curlers, period.”
And he seemed unconcerned about the uber-organized Daunt’s departure, saying he’ll manage the band. “I can handle it,” Lansing snapped.
He says he’s already come up with a title for the band’s next album, its first without Adriena. The working title, Lansing said, is “Un-Daunted.”
His comments made the SMCs sound more like the Spinal Tap of New Zealand. Lansing, asked if he’ll miss Daunt’s presence in the band reprised David St. Hubbins feelings after Nigel left Tap.
“Adriena?” he asked. “Who is she?”
The Single Malt Curlers play Auckland’s Vector Arena with opening act Chiefs of the Four Winds, this Sunday at 8 p.m. Sold out.