Three young punk rockers from Gawler have their sights set on musical world domination after they were selected as one of the best high school bands in the country this week.
Billy Burns (16 yrs), Nik Rallis (16 yrs), and Kyle Sambell (15 yrs) had no idea when they entered Triple J’s ‘Unearthed High’ competition, which pits the nation’s most talented young musicians against each other, that they would be chosen as top five finalists.
Trinity College students Nik and Kyle first met Billy at an Emu Tree jam session at the Barossa Music Centre where they formed their band ‘Burnout’ around five years ago.
They have been doing gigs ever since.
After starting off covering rock classics from the Ramones and The Clash, the group started making their own music and posting it on Triple J’s Unearthed website for up-and-coming artists.
Their music, known as skate-punk, is fast and loose and whole lot of fun.
Citing influences from Frenzal Rhomb, NOFX, and Bad Religion, the lads said that they love the energy that skate-punk can bring.
“It’s always fast, it’s always thrashing out,” said vocalist/guitarist Billy.
“If you go to a skate-punk concert no-one’s standing still, everyone’s moving.”
The band name Burnout is based on a Greenday song and Billy’s (the guitarist) last name Burns.
“(since the announcement) at school teachers have pulled me out of class and I think I’m in trouble but actually they’re just congratulating me.”
The winner of the competition will get flown to Triple J to record, remix or master a track. They will also be set up with a mentor-ship with an industry professional.
When asked what winning would mean to them, the boys simply answered “world domination.”
The winner will likely be announced some time next week.