HAPPENIN’ HOPEFULS: Bryce Wilson, Calum Newton and James Whitfield.
HAPPENIN’ HOPEFULS: Bryce Wilson, Calum Newton and James Whitfield. Contributed

Garage to great unknown

LENNOX HEAD-born high school band Lunatics on Pogosticks have taken out Triple J's Unearthed High 2013 competition.

Live on air, the three-piece garage rock outfit were declared the winners yesterday morning, having beat out some 900 other tal- ented high school hopefuls to claim the title.

Lunatics were formed less than a year ago by Lennox Head lads Bryce Wilson, James Whitfield and Calum Newton. Together they play a high-energy blend of "lo-fi" indie rock inspired by bands suck as Sonic Youth and Beck.

An ecstatic Bryce said yesterday he was over the moon by the award, after finding out just before school.

"I think I just ran around and screamed; that's all I remember really," Bryce said buoyantly.

It's been an intense couple of weeks for the Southern Cross Year 12 student, as he commenced his HSC trials the week the band was announced in the final six.

The lads will now get the honour of recording their next tune in the Triple J recording studio.

Until today, all of their recording has taken place in Calum's garage on school holidays.

"I imagine it will be a massive step up; we only have a laptop and a little eight-track recorder and a handful of cheap mics here," Bryce said.

"But we kind of like that sound ... I think all of us would like to keep that lo-fi feel but try to make it as professionally done as possible."

Musing on their secret behind their Triple J breakout success, Bryce said having their own unique sound was the key.

He said the next step for the band was a tour of the east coast capitals, but anything was possible once school was finished at the end of the year.

"We've all had different ideas about what we want to do post-school," Bryce said.

"I'd love to try and push it as far as we can and try and make a living out of it."

"We've also discussed living in Melbourne and playing as a band; it just seems like such a good music scene."

Bryce's dad Craig Wilson said the boys were a deserving bunch of dedicated musos.

"They're extremely tal- ented in what they do, but they're very grounded too," Mr Wilson said.

"What they write on Facebook about being a garage band and all the rest of it, that's exactly what they are."