Five bands line up for music lovers
CARPENTER by day, rock star by night, 500 Pieces front man Jacob Elms, said he liked to organise his own gigs as the Queensland band scene wasn't that great.
But luckily, the Brisbane band knows how to put together a great line-up and have teamed up with Finabah, Damsels in Distress, Little Jody and Maybe Next Friday to bring an all-age gig to Gympie music fans this Saturday night.
Although Elms has never lived in Gympie, his family moved to the region shortly after he moved out of home.
After talking to his brothers and sister who go to school in Gympie, he found out that there wasn't much for under 18s to do in town.
So he thought he would put on a show in Gympie and provide some entertainment for under-age kids and adults alike.
“It would be a great way to make some new fans and give the under 18s in Gympie somewhere to go to see live music,” he said.
It was also a very good excuse to see his family.
The gig will be a drug and alcohol free event from 5pm at the Gympie Civic Centre and is open to all ages.
All the bands in the line-up play a mix of original punk/pop/rock and 500 Pieces is no different.
Elms said the band plays rock music, with elements of alternative and punk thrown in.
“We have been a band now for about 18 months and gigging constantly for about a year.”
While Elms is on guitar and vocals, fellow band member Mark Leaver is on bass and backing vocals and Spencer Wright is on drums.
They all still have day jobs - as do most of the members of the other four bands playing - and are working towards making music a full-time career.
500 Pieces was lucky to be one of five Australian bands invited to play at the 2010 Midem Festival in Cannes France.
The world's largest business-to-business music tradeshow, Midem, will provide many opportunities for the band.
“It is great, such a boost, we work tirelessly with our band, touring and promoting and it's great to have that hard work recognised.
“Better yet, all of the major record labels attend this meeting to find new talent and being one of only five Australian bands being taken over, there are great odds that some sort of deal can be struck with a major record label.
“We were approached by the company from Australia that takes the artists across to the festival in France and asked to be a part of it and we jumped at the opportunity.”
At the Gympie gig this Saturday, October 24, people can expect great live music from all of the bands, great lighting effects and a very entertaining show.
Elms said the band already had a couple of roadies but they all end up lugging around their own gear.
“It's not glamorous yet.”
And depending on the response from Gympie audiences, they might come back.
Tickets cost $10 to see all five bands and will be available at the door. You can check out 500 Pieces' music at myspace.com.au/500 Pieces.