The Smart will play in Gympie tonight.
The Smart will play in Gympie tonight. Contributed

Rare rock event an original

THERE will be nothing average about the nightlife in Gympie tonight.

Three original bands from Brisbane will be playing at Billy’s Hotel in a dynamic show no one should miss.

Headlining band The Smart has been making quite a stir so far with its debut single City Lights getting continuous radio airplay on many of the country’s most popular urban and regional commercial radio stations including Nova and Triple M.

City Lights peaked at number 31 in the Australian Music Report Weekly Hot 100 and number 34 on the Take 40 Countdown.

When The Gympie Times spoke to the band’s dynamic keyboardist John Leighton, it sounded like he was more excited to be coming to Gympie than his fans.

It’s The Smart’s first proper gig in Gympie – they played an all-ages gig while on tour during Schoolies Week for the Red Frogs Schoolies Chaplaincy Network.

The group plans to surprise with a number of outrageous costume changes.

“We do like to dress a little differently to the norm,” John said, warning people.

“Our style is ‘outrageous Queen’ – as in the rock band,” he said.

“We’ll stick out in Gympie like dog’s balls.”

The Smart’s electro-rock collection of original material has been influenced by bands ranging from Muse to The Killers and Queen. Don’t miss this daring symphony of captivating keys and complex rhythms all conducted by inimitable vocal melodies.

Supporting The Smart is DrawCard, from the Sunshine Coast.

The band recently released its acclaimed album, Modern Rivalry, in Australia, United States and Europe and it is getting rave reviews.

Their sound is raw honesty and heartfelt delivery, going from “pretty false setto” to a brutal breakdown, then into a catchy melodic heavy rock chorus.

Likening DrawCard’s sound to other bands has been difficult for many, with such an eclectic rock sound with influences such as Foo Fighters.

Brisbane band Geomantra is the third band set to rock the stage at Billy’s tonight.

The band’s hard rock melodic “sludge shungle” music transforms according to the energy reflected by the audience.

Band members say they enjoy making music and simply want to share this art form.

“Accessible sounds” are what they produce, and the freedom of expression is what they strive for.

Don’t miss this “real rock event” at Billy’s Hotel, starting at 8.30pm. Entry is free.

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