IT wasn’t an ordinary day at school for one Gawler band on Monday when they were announced as finalists of youth broadcaster Triple J’s Unearthed High competition.
Punk-rock trio Burnout, comprised of Trinity College students Kyle Sambell, 15, and Nick Rallis, 17, as well as St Patrick’s Technical College student Billy Burns, 16, have been playing together for five years.
They recorded and uploaded their song ‘Get Out’ to the Triple J Unearthed High website earlier this year as a way to find more exposure.
Guitarist and vocalist Billy Burns said the band didn’t plan for the song to get them so far in the competition.
“We had a couple of songs that we just needed to record, so we thought we’d put it on Triple J hoping someone would see it,” he said.
“Hopefully, I won’t have to get a real job now; that would just be perfect really, I probably should have got a job a while ago.”
Triple J Unearthed High is a nationwide contest for musical acts with members still in high school.
Burnout was announced as one of the finalists on Monday morning, and is the only finalist from South Australia.
The band members’ excited mums were the first to call them with the news, before they spent the day being congratulated by their peers and teachers.
Billy said the support since the news broke has really moved the band.
“Venues we’ve played at, people we’ve been associated with, teachers and friends, they’ve been sharing it (the news) and giving it heaps of love,” he said.
The band started when Billy and bassist Nick started playing together when they both bought guitars in primary school.
Not long after, Billy met drummer Kyle at a jam session, set up by music and education group Emu Tree, and the pair instantly clicked.
“It was just a way to meet new people and jam, and he (Kyle) was wearing a Blink-182 shirt, so I straight away knew we were the same,” Billy said.
“Since we got started we’ve taken on any gig we’ve got asked to; every second weekend we’re playing at a pub in Adelaide somewhere.”
The band list acts such as Frenzal Rhomb, The Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols, Green Day and Bob Marley as their major influences.
“We’re into all types of music, anything that can really widen our genre, it doesn’t just have to be punk,” Kyle said.
The winner of the Unearthed High competition will be announced on Triple J radio on Monday.