Dawn­ing of golden era

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VICTORIA NU­GENT

TOWNSVILLE mu­sic is hav­ing a mo­ment in the spot­light with four lo­cal artists earn­ing their place on the Triple J Un­earthed Charts.

The Triple J Un­earthed plat­form is known for kick­ing off the ca­reers of many in­de­pen­dent Aus­tralian artists, with mu­si­cians us­ing the web­site to up­load and share their tracks with mu­sic lovers and fel­low artists.

Townsville mu­sic roy­alty King So­cial is on the charts, with the crowd favourite band rank­ing at No. 5 on the hip- hop charts and 33 over­all, but some lesser- known artists are also stak­ing a claim.

Psychedelic punk folk band The Sex­ies is hold­ing No. 2 and No. 4 on the roots chart, No. 22 on rock charts and 45, 65 and 69 over­all. Hip- hop artist Hood Rich is chart­ing at No. 80 over­all.

Singer Dawn and her group Band of Dawn are sit­ting at No. 7 on the roots chart.

Dawn, whose real name is Kim­ber­ley Lysons, is a mu­sic teacher at Townsville Gram­mar School’s An­nan­dale cam­pus.

She said she was re­ally proud to see Townsville mu­si­cians in the rank­ings. “I’m re­ally pas­sion­ate about en­sur­ing peo­ple down south hear and care about the mu­sic,” she said.

“We all re­ally do sup­port each other.

“When any of th­ese bands in North Queens­land is suc­ceed­ing, we all cel­e­brate it. There’s so much tal­ent up here.”

Lysons grew up in Townsville be­fore spend­ing about 10 years in Bris­bane, where she wrote the songs that are now earn­ing their place on the charts.

She re­leased her first EP, The Spin­ning Jenny Vol­ume I, in 2013, col­lab­o­rat­ing with Tea Party front­man Jeff Martin.

But not all the tracks writ­ten at the time were used, and The Spin­ning Jenny Vol­ume II, is set to be re­leased in Au­gust.

The de­lay be­tween the EPs co­in­cides with Lysons’ re­turn to Townsville three- and- a- half years ago, tak­ing a break from per­form­ing and tour­ing up un­til re­cently.

“A bout of ill health made me re- eval­u­ate and take some time out to con­cen­trate on ed­u­ca­tion ... an­other as­pect of my pas­sion for mu­sic,” she said.

“It wasn’t easy wait­ing and wait­ing and wait­ing to re­lease th­ese songs.”

Townsville mu­si­cians Dawn ( Kim­ber­ley Lysons) and ( from top) King So­cial, The Sex­ies and Hood Rich are on the Triple J Un­earthed charts. Main Pic­ture: CHANEL BARAN

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