About The Volunteers
Wellington, New Zealand
Brought together by fate, trains and drunken promises,
The Volunteers unique mixture of Funk, Soul and Rock
reflect the remarkable circumstances from which this 7 piece
group developed from.
Front man Elan Mills first conjured up the idea of
The Volunteers during the death throes of kiwi rock band
Paselode for whom he was the front man for at the time.
Realising that the rock and roll lifestyle had lead him astray
he endeavoured to get back to his roots both musically and
personally – thus the seed for The Volunteers was sown.
After several chance encounters with fellow musicians a
jam session in a small rehearsal room on the Kapiti Coast
gave birth to The Volunteers - little did they know that they
had just embarked on a remarkable journey.
Quickly finding their groove The Volunteers combined their
love of Funk, Soul and Rock n Roll into the ‘Vintage Rock’
that defines them. Building upon their musical strengths
they started gigging locally and developed a theatrical show
around their performance which grew to incorporate costumes
and stage sets.
Eventually The Volunteers set out to record their debut
Album ‘Friends, Families and Fools’ as a tribute to those
who had helped them begin their career. Completed in true
indie fashion it was recorded in Island Bay, Wellington with a
Friend of the bands and distributed by Universal Records.
The singles ‘Just a Dream’ and ‘The Hound’ both achieved
Radio air play nationally and were featured on C4 and Juice
with ‘The Hound’ seeing 6000 hits on Youtube in it’s first
Now with a new manager on board the map has been
drawn for the future, with a new single in production for
release mid 2010 you can expect big things from
The Volunteers in the future.