Bevan O'Brien started on the Drums at age 13, taking weekly lessons from Colin Toomer at Whangarei Boys high and then relating what he learned to AC/ DC and Run DMC albums he was jamming along with.

At 14 years old he performed at the Smoke-Free Rock Quest with 'Burning Ambition', a band of fellow students that played Iron Maiden covers and originals.

His first cover gig followed at 14 years and by 16 years he was organising his own covers band 'Floppy concrete' performing around the Kerikeri area. He also started playing jazz with the High school Big-band, and Bronwyn Case- Gilbert trio.

A lot of credit must go to Tony Harrison, Mike, Dan and the 'Moondogs' for providing kits and advice during this period which was great support. Bevan recorded at Revolver studios in Auckland at 17 years old; this was the start of his recording career.

1998- 2003 / AUCKLAND

Bevan initially moved to Auckland to study with Frank Gibson Jr, and study jazz with one of New Zealand's greats. This lasted for three months until a school friend organised a summer tour between Whakatane and Christchurch during 1999.

Over the next two years he toured with guitarist Dave Gideon and played the Power Station venue with a Nirvana tribute band.

He also performed with the Chraslynn Caulder and Cath Cockers bands in various venues and studios around greater Auckland and the Temple bars 'Acid Test' competition – this lead to resident gigs at the Black Dog in Kingsland and Fort St Backpackers for three years.

In 2002, Bevan joined the band 'Huxley' just prior to an 'Acid test' heat. Several originals were recorded; this helped him become a member of Apra. By 2003, he had stopped playing and spent the next years travelling around Europe and living in Scotland, Belfast and Portsmouth.


Bevan started playing again upon returning to New Zealand, in 2009 he started 'Thelonious Punk' a modern jazz band based in Northland. They have played most major festivals in the North, including 'Honey Jam' 2013, Fritta 2014 and repeat bookings at the Paihia Jazz festival and Mangonui summer festival. During 2009-10 he worked as a drum tutor for Keri School of Music alongside Barry Wilcox. In 2010 Thelonious Punk released their first album with the help of Jack Lloyd Jones (ex- Dd Smash/ Brazier). Their second album from 2012 was mastered by Billy Kristian. He currently has a song appearing on the next 'Fritter' CD of Northland artists. In July of 2015 Bevan joined Merv and Paul in the 'Bootleg' band; he would like to acknowledge the original member Jimmy for helping set the groove and feel of the initial line-up – and is looking forward to the jamming and playing that Bootleg's gigs provide.