Ladyslug has won the Queensland state finals of the National Campus Band Competition.
Ladyslug has won the Queensland state finals of the National Campus Band Competition. Contributed

Lismore band's big win: News hasn't sunk in yet for Ladyslug

NEO-SOUL band Ladyslug has won the Queensland state finals of the National Campus Band Competition.

The competition judges university bands as they battle it out to ultimately win the national title.

Lady Slug.
Ladyslug has won the Queensland state finals of the National Campus Band Competition.

This is the third time in a row a Southern Cross University band has won the state title.

Last year Nocturnal Tapes won and the year before that, Parkside Orchestra.

If Ladyslug wins the national title, it will also make it the third national win for SCU in a row.

Lismore-based band Ladyslug officially launched in February.

Lead singer Kodi Twiner, who is now in her third and final year at SCU, said the win was still sinking in.

"I'm pretty stoked," she said. "I'm still coming down from the high of the performance, it was a very energetic night.

 "We did a 20 minute set of originals including our single The Foe, The Faux."  

 Ms Twiner said she has had a keen interest in singing from a young age.

The other band members include Lachlan Dwyer on the drums and saxophone, Luke Rosten on the keys, and Ben Jackson, the bassist who also plays the euphonium (like a small tuba).

"Ben and I met up in Cuba at the end of last year, and during the travels, the idea of co-founding a band came about," Ms Twiner said.

The band collaboratively writes their neo-soul tracks, with RnB and contemporary jazz vibes and elements of fusion.

Ladyslug's bassist Ben Jackson, last night at the Queensland state finals of the National Campus Band Competition.
Ladyslug's bassist Ben Jackson, last night at the Queensland state finals of the National Campus Band Competition. Contributed

"We have extremely diverse individual musical influences which filters through to our composition which makes it hard to define what we're writing," Ms Twiner said.

"We never know what the songs will turn out like."

The band is recording their EP at the moment, hoping to release it in November.

The state finals were held last night at the SCU Lismore Unibar.

The National Final will be held on September 21 at the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne.

"It will be a great experience to travel down to melbourne together," Ms Twiner said.

"We're going on tour there in November so it will be great preparation."

To find out more about Ladyslug visit them on Facebook.