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.
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