Tongue-twis­ter soars

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can’t imag­ine them­selves as 30-yearolds play­ing gigs named Snakadak­tal (pic­tured), nor do the Melbourne quin­tet plan to change their name. How­ever, says Snakadak­tal drum­mer Barna Nemeth, the band did con­tem­plate a name change af­ter win­ning Triple J’s Un­earthed High Com­pe­ti­tion – the hunt for Australia’s best high school band – last year. Pre­sen­ters kept mak­ing a mess of the name. ‘‘But we like it, it sets us apart from other bands,’’ says Nemeth. ‘‘Get­ting rid of the name would be get­ting rid of a huge part of what the band is. It sums us up – we are all pretty young and naive.’’ Young they cer­tainly are – Nemeth fin­ished high school last year. So did vo­cal­ist/ gui­tarist Sean Kelly and gui­tarists Joseph Clough and Jar­rah Mc­carty-smith. Singer/ key­boardist Phoebe Cock­burn is in Year 12. The dream-pop five-piece are on an Aus­tralian tour that wraps on the Gold Coast in April. ‘‘We tried to plan it so Phoebe misses the least amount of school,’’ says Nemeth. ‘‘All the teach­ers make it work. They un­der­stand it’s what she wants to do, so they sup­port her.’’ The four boys de­ferred plans for univer­sity this year so the band is ev­ery­one’s first pri­or­ity. ‘‘We want to put in our best ef­fort with no dis­trac­tions,’’ Nemeth says. ‘‘As soon as we won (Un­earthed High), it was a con­fir­ma­tion that this is what we’ll do for a while.’’ Snakadak­tal’s de­but self-ti­tled six-track EP, re­leased last year, was recorded in the sum­mer of 2010/11. ‘‘We had no ex­pec­ta­tions, and recorded and mixed it our­selves. Af­ter we won Un­earthed, the EP went bonkers. The band plan to re­lease an­other EP in the sec­ond half of the year.

Snakadak­tal play The Loft, Chevron Is­land, with El­iz­a­beth Rose on Satur­day.

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