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.