Prophetic metal makers
Five loud locals are up for a brutal battle this weekend, writes Jade Kennedy
Unbound Prophecy is all about metal. The five teen musos took their old-school inspiration from bands like Green Day and Guns n Roses, and have been thrashing out metal core music for the past three years.
‘‘ The band originally started when myself and Angus ( Kininmonth, bass), got together and started jamming,’’ drummer Shawn Lennie said.
‘‘ We got Paddy ( McDermott, vocals) and then Liam ( White, guitar) joined, then earlier this year Luke ( O’Meara, guitar) joined the band.’’
Lennie said the band played mainly covers, ranging from Avenged Sevenfold to Trivium and I Killed the Prom Queen.
‘‘ We have been writing a few originals lately though,’’ he said.
‘‘ Usually one of us comes to practice with an idea or some chords and we start fleshing it out from there.’’
No strangers to the local battle circuit, Unbound Prophecy are already an award-winning band.
‘‘ Last year we took part in a battle, and we’ve done two NQ Rock Awards,’’ Lennie said.
‘‘ Liam actually won Best Guitarist at the Rock Awards last year.’’
Lennie said the band entered the battle this year, ‘‘’ Cause they’re awesome and it’s a gig.’’
‘‘ Plus, there are heaps of bands entering so it’s a good opportunity to meet other bands and hang out,’’ he said.
The band was finding it difficult to secure gigs in Townsville, according to Lennie.
‘‘ It’s very quiet here, there’s not many gigs going on,’’ he said.
‘‘ There’s Groovin The Moo once a year, and Full Noise, but besides that there’s no major scene in Townsville.
‘‘ There is Untitled every month, but we haven’t played at one of those yet because every time we go to do it one of us is away.
‘‘ It’s also hard to do things like lunchtime gigs at school because not everyone at school likes our style of music, and Liam goes to a different school.’’
The band is using the lack of gigs to it’s advantage, however.
‘‘ Liam is doing music engineering at TAFE so hopefully we might get into the studio there soon to record some tracks,’’ Lennie said.
‘‘ He’s doing Music Industry Cert II and so has access to the recording studios, so we might be able to start putting an EP together soon.’’
Facebook has been a great marketing tool for the band to help get their name out, though it has had its issues.
‘‘ We had a Facebook page but for some reason it got deleted,’’ Lennie said.
‘‘ We got online one day and it had just disappeared, so Luke is in the process of creating a new one right now.’’
>> Unbound Prophecy will battle it out against seven other bands at The Youth Network NQ’s Battle of the Bands this Saturday night. The event is allages and drug and alcohol free and will be held at the Aitkenvale PCYC from 6pm. Entry is $ 10 on the door.
Battle of the Bands contenders Unbound Prophecy