At 13, ta­lented Daniel J Leg­end Mi­randa, of the United States of Oz, is a real-life Lit­tle Drum­mer Boy, turn­ing heads wher­ever the band goes.

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Brought to­gether by their love of mu­sic and diver­sity, United States of Oz are not your av­er­age trio. For starters, the band’s drum­mer, Daniel J Leg­end Mi­randa, is only 13 years old.

Joined by band mates who are seven years older – Amer­i­can-raised front­man Steven Dalouche and New Zealand-born gui­tarist Jesse Mur­ray – the three-piece set are out to show­case their all­rounder na­ture and do their home coun­tries proud.

Dalouche says it was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion for the band to make hard-rock mu­sic.

“We all have sim­i­lar in­ter­ests and lis­ten to heav­ier mu­sic,” he says.

“We started to ex­per­i­ment with sounds and what­ever came up, came up. We wrote more and more and the end re­sult doesn’t sound like one genre. It’s a bit al­ter­na­tive and heav­ier.”

While Dalouche met Mi­randa when the lat­ter was seven, the singer says it was clear from the start the drum­mer brimmed with tal­ent.

“He al­ways gets the most at­ten­tion,” Dalouche says.

“He’s been play­ing shows and go­ing into clubs and bars since he was 10.”

United States of Oz re­leased their de­but EP, Not Afraid, in 2011 to show they weren’t wor­ried about stand­ing out and try­ing some­thing new.

“We took a chance to show this is what we want to do,” Dalouche says.

“I have been writ­ing new ma­te­rial so we are look­ing at another EP or al­bum next year.”

Dalouche says he uses per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences as the in­spi­ra­tion for his lyrics.

“I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs,” he says.

“I had a kid of my own which was life-chang­ing. And I went through a bad car ac­ci­dent. I al­most died.”

United States of Oz, Chas­ing Grey, Pay­ments In Gold, Laura Mar­don and Vel­vet 11 play The Loft, Chevron Is­land, on Satur­day night.

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