PUB ROCK: Live music on the rise with new Warwick band
IT WAS sort of serendipitous, the moment Elle Rudd saw an ad in the newspaper for a vocalist to perform with a new pub rock band in the Southern Downs.
With musical parents, Rudd spent her whole life around instruments and was doing solo performances in Stanthorpe when the call out came from a group of Warwick musicians.
Rudd said it was exactly what she had been looking for.
"I was just excited and thinking 'finally, this might be the time',” she said.
The 26-year-old nurse had wanted to join a band and felt "extremely lucky” to stumble upon four other musicians who were looking to do the same.
With Ash Moore and Luke Costello on lead guitar and vocals, Tim Alley on bass, Josh Grant on drums and Elle on the mic, SideTracked was formed about six months ago.
"I was really excited to have met them because they are all fantastic musicians, very professional and good at what they do,” Rudd said.
Costello, who previously performed solo gigs around Warwick, said the band was part of a growing live music scene in Warwick and the wider region.
"The town definitely went through a bit of a lull where there wasn't much live music getting about but things are starting to swing back around now,” he said.
Specialising in pub rock hits from the '60s, '70s and '80s, the band has taken no time gathering a loyal following.
Testament to the energy and power of their music, Costello said the band's first rehearsal got shut down within 30 minutes when cops rocked up to respond to a noise complaint.
"We've found somewhere else to rehearse now where we don't disturb anybody,” Mr Costello said.
Growing more confident and comfortable with each other's style of music every week, the "band family” is looking forward to their beer garden gig at O'Mahoneys Hotel today, kicking off at 7.30pm.