Now we don’t do this often, but the following bands are so box-fresh that it was nearly illegal that we don’t spend some time talking about them. They’re young and full of energy, and you need to stop everything you’re doing RIGHT NOW and check ’em out. Don’t think about it too much – just read on:
Part Time is Kat Butler (15, bass), Roxy Tilse (14, drums), Charley Barnes (15, vocals) and Leto Bui Jones (14, guitar), and they combine atmospheric guitars, soaring melodies and a tight rhythm section to create powerful post-punk.
Harriet Gohil (11) is a cellist turned guitarist / vocalist, and Vivienne Laurie-Dickson (13) is a sick self-taught drummer who has spent the last week refining her skills. Together, they’re The Ravens, a powerful two-piece who’ll be debuting their hit song ‘Electric!‘ this weekend.
Buzzkill are a 4-piece bluesy alt-country band with members from all over Sydney. They combine strong vocal harmonies combined with heavy distorted guitar and complex and thoughtful drums, and they’re made up of Rebecca Butler (15, vocals), Sarah Adams (16, bass & backing vocals), Natalie Paterson (16, guitar & backing vocals) and Cath Campbell (17, drums).
Ok as if this isn’t the best band name you’ve ever heard of. Mutt Chuck are made up of Mia Betteridge (13, bass), Shelley Morton (12, drums & vocals) and Dani Yi (14, guitar & vocals), and they make punky rock-n-roll. They’re premiering songs like ‘Bark and Bite‘, ‘Wings‘ and ‘Sick Puppies‘ this weekend, and you know you’re not gonna want to miss it.
Obviously these bands didn’t just come from nowhere. They’re all campers from the first-ever Girls Rock! camp in Sydney, which is a week-long camp for young girls, non-binary and gender non-conforming folks to learn the ins and outs of making music, merch, and being mentored by local musicians and creatives.
All their hard work learning how to play instruments and be a kickass band are being showed off at a big showcase tomorrow at Factory Floor in Marrickville, and it’s open to everyone so go and grab a ticket over HERE and get along to support some very talented young people.Image: Marnie Vaughn / band images by Cath Campbell & Marnie Vaughn