From Grey Lynn in Auckland via the same Morningside studio that unearthed talents including Lorde and Broods, 18 year-old Bene joins the Niche roster with a bunch of mates in a hot band in tow and a killer set of songs that mix indie-slack fun with a little r’n’b swing. And a voice to die for.

Appearing online a few months ago with the hooks with attitude track ‘Tough Guy’, Bene turned heads including Sniffers, who fell for the track’s “cliff diving guitars and synth bass” and “stripped back canyon full of melody”.

Playing only her second show ever, Bene packed out Whammy’s back room at The Others Way. Radio13 said  they “stumbled across the exciting Bene. Backed by a full band, her quirky slacker indie pop was very appealing to this first-time listener and clearly also to finance minister Grant Robertson who was spotted at the stage door having a listen”

Recording at Morningside’s Golden Age studio with producer Josh Fountain of Leisure, Bene followed ‘Tough Guy’ with the new release ‘Soaked’  and has more tasty tracks lined up for release in coming months.