Betchadupa Profile

aka Lazy Boy
Stephen Heard
7 Jun 2015

With some of New Zealand's most famous performers as family, Betchadupa seemed destined for success from the start. While their surnames attracted instant media attention, it was the band’s determination, fiery onstage energy and knack for writing melody-driven rock songs that proved its worth in the long run.

Liam Finn is the oldest son of lauded songwriter and musician Neil Finn and the nephew of Tim Finn, both of Split Enz, Crowded House and Finn Brothers fame. While on a family summer holiday in Mt Maunganui 1997 he met Matt Eccles, the son of Brent Eccles – a music promoter and the former drummer with Space Waltz, Citizen Band and Australian rock band The Angels. With Matt’s drumming prowess, a skill he’d developed since the age of five, and Liam’s talent for songwriting and the guitar, the pair eventually joined forces and penned their first song, 'Gee This Sounds Good, I Can't Believe We Wrote It'.

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Betchadupa at Waikato University, Hamilton, March 2002. Matt Eccles' dad Brent (promoter and former member of Space Waltz, Citizen Band and The Angels) is playing alongside his son.
Betchadupa - Empty Head (2000)
Betchadupa - Window
Liam Finn, Waikato University, Hamilton, March 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Betchadupa's limited edition 2006 7-inch single Who's Coming Through The Window, which came with a booklet Betchadupa And The Black Math Book #3
Liam Finn and promoter Campbell Smith (with an unknown friend) at the Finn-Runga-Dobbyn tour afterparty, 2001
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Betchadupa in a Liberation Records publicity shot: Chris Garland, Joe Bramley, Matt Eccles, and Liam Finn
Photo credit: Photo by D. Gerald
Tim Finn drumming with Betchadupa, Waikato University, Hamilton, March 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Betchadupa - Life Will be the Same (live on Space, from 2002's The Alphabetchadupa)
Betchadupa: Joe Bramley, Matt Eccles, Chris Garland, and Liam Finn
Betchadupa, Waikato University, Hamilton, March 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Members of Betchadupa and Deja Voodoo with Tim Finn and Brent Eccles in the backstage tent, Waikato University Orientation, Hamilton, March 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Betchadupa: Liam Finn, Chris Garland, Joe Bramley, and Matt Eccles
Betchadupa - Spill The Light (2000)
Betchadupa EP (2000). It also came in red and blue covers allegedly as a tribute to The Beatles red and blue compilation albums.
Matt Eccles and Joe Bramley at the Finn-Runga-Dobbyn afterparty, 2001
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Matt Eccles on drums, St. James, Auckland, June 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Betchadupa at Auckland's St. James, June 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Tim Finn with Betchadupa, Waikato University, Hamilton, March 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Betchadupa, Waikato University, Hamilton, March 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Betchadupa, Waikato University, Hamilton, March 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Betchadupa: Matt Eccles, Liam Finn, Chris Garland and Joe Bramley
Photo credit: Photo by Dr. Gerald
Joe Bramley's back after an orientation gig at Waikato University, Hamilton, March 2002. This was the result of Deja Voodoo's Chris Stapp chasing Joe around the stage "playing drums" on his back with drum sticks which resulted in the welts you can see in the photo. Joe was in some pain afterwards and not amused.
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Betchadupa at Auckland's Kings Arms (with The Checks and The Reduction Agents), March 2004
Betchadupa - Supa Day (2002)
The poster for Aiming For Your Head (2004)
Joe Bramley and Matt Eccles at Auckland's St. James, June 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Betchadupa at Auckland's St. James, June 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Betchadupa - Spill The Light (live on Juice TV, around 2001)
Future Stupid's Jason Young and Matt Eccles backstage at Auckland's St. James, June 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Aiming For Your Head, the second Betchadupa album, produced by Australian Nick Launay
Tim Finn with Betchadupa, Waikato University, Hamilton, March 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Liam Finn, Auckland's St. James, June 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Liam Finn, Waikato University, Hamilton, March 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Betchadupa - Man On My Left (2001)
The Alphabetchadupa album was released in 2002 and peaked at No.2 on the NZ Singles Chart
Betchadupa - My Army of Birds and Gulls (from Aiming For Your Head, 2004)
Betchadupa, Waikato University, Hamilton, March 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Betchadupa - Move Over (2004)
Betchadupa 2003 tour
Betchadupa at the St. James, Auckland, June 2002
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Labels:

Flying Nun


Liberation


FMR


Sputnik Records


Izumi Records

Members:

Liam Finn - vocals, guitar

Matt Eccles - drums

Chris Garland - guitar

Joe Bramley - bass

Trivia:

Betchadupa released their self-titled 2000 EP with both blue and red covers as a tribute to the blue and red Beatles collections.