For years to come, the group’s publicity would mention rural Feilding and the fact that they were home-schooled, evoking an idyllic pastoral upbringing that fitted in nicely with the worldview of New Zealand as the film location for The Lord Of The Rings. (The band name came from Led Zeppelin’s 1971 acoustic classic, ‘The Battle Of Evermore’ – a song inspired by JRR Tolkien’s Rings trilogy.)
In their early publicity photos the Hume brothers stared into the distance – emerging from New Zealand’s landscape – two sleek hobbits and a bonus Harry Potter. The brothers’ fairytale-like backstory was overused, but that didn’t stop one foolish radio DJ asking them how they had met.
Evermore moved across the Tasman to live in 2004 and although they have made frequent trips back home, their tale of multi-platinum sales in Australia and more recently, success there as songwriters and record producers, is not well known in their home country.
AudioCulture presents the Evermore story in two parts.
Jon Hume - vocals, guitar
Peter Hume - bass, keyboards, vocals
Dann Hume - drums, guitar, vocals