A BAND comprising five former students from Catholic schools is set to be the next big thing to come out of Brisbane.
7th Avenue is emerging hot on the heels of teen bands Kromatose, Sunk Loto and big names like Powderfinger, The Saints, Regurgitator, the Go Betweens and Custard.
The five-member rock and pop outfit has secured a recording session in Sydney’s 301 Studios in early February after sending their demo CD to Michael Browning, the manager of bands INXS and AC/DC.
Steven Blaik, who provides vocals for the band said they were all very excited.
‘We always had the hope of getting a contract but only recently we’ve realised that this could become reality,’ he said from his home in Mansfield on Brisbane’s southside.
7th Avenue has been together for almost two years, and the members’ ages range from 19 to 21 years.
Steven is on vocals, Danny Procopis plays lead guitar, Simon O’Connor plays rhythm guitar, Shaun Spooner is on bass guitar, and Marty O’Brien is the band’s drummer.
They have performed gigs in and around Brisbane, including the Mary Street nightclub and the QSM Basement. They have also performed numerous gigs on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and have travelled as far north as Port Douglas and as far south as Lismore.
Steven said the band played a mixture of commercial rock and pop tunes.
‘Our influences are bands like Live, Counting Crows and Pearl Jam so it’s not too heavy,’ he said.
‘We mainly play covers at gigs but we add our own flavour as well. It’s a change that keeps us interested and our influence comes through in the music.’
Danny, Simon, Marty and Shaun all went to Padua College, Kedron, while Steven attended St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane.
But just in case their music does not lead to a full-time career, the guys have contingency plans.
‘I’ve just finished a double degree in Human Movements and Education and hope for a career in PE teaching some day,’ said Steven.
Meanwhile, Danny is doing a double Law and Commerce degree at Bond University on the Gold Coast which keeps him busy.
Shaun is an apprentice carpenter, Marty is at TAFE doing computer studies and Web design and Simon works full-time at a storage facility.