Battle in the Burdekin
A band named Althea will blast the stage tomorrow night, writes Jade Kennedy
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.