Adam Hattaway and the Haunters Release Blazing New Single + Video - 'Big Night'

December 4th 2020
Buckle in, Adam Hattaway and The Haunters release blazing new single ‘Big Night’ from their third full-length album Woolston, Texas due for release March 26th next year.

The track, heavy with guitar and wailing falsetto, brings darker themes to light with its many hopeful moments “sometimes you have to try” quickly followed by the foreboding “sometimes you wanna die”.

Recorded at Lyttelton's Sitting Room studio, ‘Big Night’ is album producer Ben Edwards' favourite off Woolston, Texas. Frontman Adam recalls his, at times, experimental methods, in recording it's charged-up sound. “Ben tried to get us really amped up when we recorded it, running around slapping and pushing us over while we were playing it... it’s truly, one of the strangest experiences I’ve had." 

The Delaney Davidson-directed music video, shot on his iPhone, follows the gang of Haunters goofing off in Christchurch's Moorhouse Ave Burger King carpark - “like a bunch of idiot wannabe petrol-heads trying to go out for a 'big night', but it’s not even night time at all," says Adam. “The video contrasts against the weight of the song and hopefully shows we don’t take ourselves too seriously. I want all upbeat rock and roll to be like that.”

The Ōtautahi/Christchurch-based alt-rockers have been busy with their 12-date ‘Wasting Our Time’ tour, delivering electrifying live performances to audiences across Aotearoa. 

Adam says of the tour: “It’s been refreshing to be out, and meet lots of great people. You forget all the special moments that happen along the way on every tour. There’s been a real sense of adventure.”

'Wasting Our Time' Tour tickets are on sale at - don't miss the final two shows. Plus catch Adam Hattaway and The Haunters at Nest Fest 2021.



Tickets at


DEC 4 - Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin
w/ Killergrams

DEC 5 - Yonder, Queenstown
w/ Killergrams

The band will also play Nest Fest in the Hawkes Bay on Saturday January 9th.
Tickets at


Based in Ōtautahi/Christchurch, Adam Hattaway (The Eastern, Wurld Series) has been building a reputation in the world of alt-rock n roll. With sweltering hooks and raw emotional narrative, their sound says “put your arm around the one you love and remember that they won’t be there forever – but maybe that’s a good thing.’’

Adam Hattaway is for lovers. A born frontman, he performs alongside three Haunters; Elmore Jones, Liam Quinn, and Ryan Fisherman. Their hypnotic live performances are punctuated by high kicks and borderline-biblical healing sessions. After moving festival goers at Electric Avenue, Nostalgia, The Others Way, and releasing fuzz-laden album Crying Lessons, (produced by the acclaimed Delaney Davidson), they are now finishing a 12-date nationwide tour with a new album due for release in 2021.

Woolston, Texas, the third full-length album from Adam Hattaway and The Haunters, is a multifaceted alt-rock jamboree that is equal parts chaotic as it is forgiving. By track two you will be well acquainted with the scope of journey that follows, from anti-romance swooning to Spanish rock n roll... there is no time to rest.

It’s on songs like ‘Wasting Our Time’ that you hear Adam Hattaway’s subtle growls and desperate melodies wrapped in Beach Boys-esque soul. The slight torment “love and affection is wasting our time” is perfectly glued together by The Haunters’ guitar-heavy grooves. Darker themes are brought to light on ‘Big Night’ with its many hopeful moments “sometimes you have to try” quickly followed by the foreboding “sometimes you wanna die”. Crashing rhythms, bewitching vocal lines and layered harmonies are sovereign on Woolston, Texas, and sometimes we’re treated to Hattaway’s special falsetto vocal bashing, like on opening track ‘You Know You Will’. Adam Hattaway has mastered his own distinctive valour and turned it into an album with songs inspired by dreams, love, mental health, gyms and rats... Woolston Texas is a platter of stories embedded in alt-rock goodness, a lament to highs gone by. 

Due for release in 2021, Woolston, Texas was produced by Ben Edwards, mixed by Ryan Fisherman and recorded at The Sitting Room in Lyttelton.

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