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...and a $30,000 grant for Sit Down in Front’s latest project.

With two albums already under their grommet-studded belts, Gisborne punk band Sit Down In Front have now signed a record deal with an Australian record label.

Melbourne-based record label, Best & Fairest, is working towards the release of two Sit Down In Front singles this year followed by an EP in early 2022.

The band, now a three-piece, has also been granted $30,000 by NZ On Air to help complete their project.

Now the band’s musicians are 17 years old their sound has matured a little but is still punk, says manager Carl Newman.

“There’s still raw punk in there. Their next single goes back to punk roots.”

The single, Don’t Drink Bleach, will be released next month while the second single is expected to be unleashed around October.

Founded in 2018 by Native Tongue Publishing, Best & Fairest is a boutique record label that states its aim is “to work with top-quality artists from Australia, New Zealand and beyond”.

RUNAWAY BAND: Cory Newman (left), Jackson Clarke and Rikki Noble of Gisborne punk band Sit Down in Front are elated to have signed a record deal with an Australian label. Picture by Brennan Thomas