Battle in the Bur­dekin

A band named Althea will blast the stage to­mor­row night, writes Jade Kennedy

Townsville Bulletin - - Savvy -

This week­end’s Bur­dekin Battle of the Bands will be an an­niver­sary, of sorts, for lo­cal met­al­core band Althea. ‘‘ We all met at Battle of the Bands about two years ago,’’ lead singer Jake Kennedy said.

‘‘ I was there to see my friend’s band and Joel ( Hendy, gui­tar), Jaxon ( Ben­newith, bass) and Josh ( Lyon, drums) were play­ing in their old band Vendetta Sky.

‘‘ We ended up back at the same party, where I drunk­enly said I’d do metal cov­ers with them if they ever wanted to.

‘‘ Two weeks later the band gave me a call and asked me to come to prac­tice, two weeks af­ter that I got asked into the band, and af­ter nu­mer­ous mem­ber changes and a six-month hia­tus Althea is now go­ing strong.’’

Kennedy said the band took its inspiration from a va­ri­ety of mu­sic gen­res.

>> we ended up back at the same party, where I drunk­enly said I’d do metal cov­ers with them <<

‘‘ We play met­al­core/ hard­core but we all like a large va­ri­ety of mu­sic and draw inspiration from these sources,’’ he said.

‘‘ It re­ally shows in the mu­sic with parts that de­vi­ate from stan­dard met­al­core.’’

If the band had a mis­sion state­ment, Kennedy said, it would be ‘‘ Throw-down, be bru­tal, drink lemon Mother.’’ Why? ‘‘’ Cause it’s the right thing to do.’’ De­spite be­ing around in their cur­rent for­ma­tion for only six months, Kennedy said the band were keen to get a re­lease out as soon as pos­si­ble.

‘‘ We are cur­rently record­ing a six-track EP, hope­fully to be re­leased in June or July,’’ he said.

‘‘ We have a few gigs com­ing up but we are look­ing for more to get our mu­sic out to the masses. ‘‘ Next stop Bur­dekin!’’ Althea is one of the con­tenders at the 10th an­nual Battle of the Bands in the Bur­dekin to­mor­row night.

They will battle it out with fel­low Townsville bands Su­per­sonic Rope and The Wait­ers, as well as Bur­dekin en­trants 4Forty and My Cat Steve.

Each band will per­form a cover and an orig­i­nal song. Prizes in­clude $ 500 for top band, $ 250 for the run­ner-up, $ 100 for the band en­cour­age­ment award, a $ 500 Har­lem elec­tric gui­tar for best in­di­vid­ual per­former and $ 250 for best orig­i­nal song.

>> Due to the wet weather, the event will be held in the Bur­dekin Theatre Foyer from 6pm.

Althea ( from left) Josh Lyon, Shane Dun­can, Jaxon Ben­newith, Jake Kennedy and Joel Hendy.

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