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Origin Auckland, New Zealand
Genres Rock
Years active 2010–present
Members James Dylan
Neill Fraser
Dave Johnston
Thomas Watts

Villainy is a New Zealand alternative rock band from Auckland. Formed in 2010 the band consists of James Dylan (bass guitar), Neill Fraser (vocals and guitar), Dave Johnston (drums) and Thomas Watts (lead guitar)

Villainy have shared the stage with numerous local and international acts including Incubus (band), The Offspring, Billy Talent, and Shihad.

Band history[edit]


Villainy released their debut single 'Alligator Skin' online in May 2011.[1] It was playlisted on The Rock (New Zealand) and reached number one in the Radioscope New Zealand Rock Charts.[2]

A preview of the band's second single 'The Answer' was uploaded to YouTube in January 2011.[3] The full song was released in February 2012 with the music video released online in May. In February the band was the sole support for Incubus (band) at their two New Zealand arena shows. This was followed by a major centres tour in July 2012 with Luger Boa and Clap Clap Riot.

Their third single, Gather Yourselves, was released in August 2012 and reached number one on the Radioscope New Zealand Rock Charts, matching the success of their debut.

Mode. Set. Clear.[edit]

Villainy's debut album Mode. Set. Clear. was recorded with producer Tom Larkin,[4] better known as the drummer for Shihad, and the producer of bands such as Calling All Cars and Fur Patrol. The debut album Mode. Set. Clear. was released in New Zealand on 19 October 2012[5] with cover art by the late Storm Thorgerson.[6] The album debuted at #8 on the RIANZ Album Charts and was the #1 New Zealand album.

In February 2013 Villainy supported The Offspring and Billy Talent at Vector Arena. March 2013 saw them performing a late afternoon slot at Homegrown Music Festival (New Zealand). The band then embarked on an 8 date New Zealand tour throughout the rest of that month and into April with New Plymouth band Rival State. [7]

Villainy travelled to Australia in September for their first international shows performing showcases in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne including two performances at the annual Big Sound conference held in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley. [8] Returning home Villainy toured New Zealand for second time in October performing 12 shows with Blacklistt followed by a win at the New Zealand Music Awards for Best Rock Album.

In the summer of 2014 Villainy will appear at the New Zealand leg of the annual Big Day Out festival and again at the Homegrown Music Festival (New Zealand).


Studio Albums[edit]

Mode. Set. Clear. (2012)


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
NZ Rock Airplay
Radioscope Top 100
Alligator Skin 2011 1 53 Mode. Set. Clear.
The Answer 2012 7 -
Gather Yourselves 1 68
Another Time 2013 1 62
Ammunition 2014 5 87


Year Recipient Award Result
2013 Mode. Set. Clear. NZ Music Awards - Best Rock Album Won


  1. ^ "Villainy Premier Their Music Video Alligator Skin Online". Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Alligator Skin number 1 rock radio song in NZ". Facebook. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Villainy - The Answer (Audio)". Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Off The Record". The Rock FM. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Villainy album release". Facebook. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Villainy album release". Facebook. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Villainy and Rival State on tour". NZ Musician. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Villainy march to Australian soil in September!". The AU Review. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 

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