Buddha in a Chocolate Box is the link between southern stomp roots and a city once known as the ‘Wool Capital of the World’. Hailing from Hamilton (note: they recently changed their slogan to ‘Hamilton – One Place, Many possibilities’. You’ll be thanking me should that ever come up in Pub Trivia), members met through school – a not entirely uncommon scenario. They take their name from the 1974 Cat Stevens album Buddha AND the Chocolate Box. Catching up with Forte’s Natalie Rogers late last year, frontman Adrian Calvano spoke about the artist’s influence: “I grew up listening to Cat Stevens – my mum used to play it all the time. What I love about him is the fact that he’s not pigeon-holed. He’s not folk, he’s not rock, he’s not pop – and that’s how I base my writing. I want to make music about whatever I’m feeling at the moment, and I think Cat was a bit the same.” Starting out threw up a few challenges – chiefly being people seemed largely uninterested in giving a band from Hamilton a shot. It didn’t stop them, and the band released their appropriately titled debut, The Keep on Keepin’ On EP, in 2010. Last month the band began recording their debut full-length album. The Loft, Warrnambool – April 3.