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Local Band, Shoot the Messenger, Plays Frankston’s Waterfront Festival

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On Saturday the 18th of January, Frankston’s Waterfront Festival began. The festival kicked off at 11am with Shoot the Messenger being the first band to come on stage. At the start of their half an hour set there was a crowd of roughly 40 people, however the band drew in an additional 60 or so people with their exciting and engaging music. On several occasions, they got the crowd clapping along and dancing, everyone clearly enjoying themselves. The band were excited and energised throughout the entire set but for their last song, they really gave it all they had to put on a good show, jumping around and head banging. Both the audience and the band enjoyed themselves thoroughly.

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After their set, I had the chance to talk with Jordan, Trent and Lukas.

Shoot the Messenger tells me what it was like to play at Waterfront compared to their other gigs. “Waterfront was bigger than our other gigs in many ways. We gave away more than half of our demos. The event was more official and professional and there was better sound quality and production organisation.”

Jordan says, “Waterfront was probably our biggest crowd yet. It was definitely our biggest watching crowd. They were more engaged in the music.”

The songs they played were from the demo they released late last year. “A lot of work went into producing our demo,” Trent says, “we spent heaps of time with the acoustic just writing, passing lyrics back and forth between us. Songs don’t take long to write, once you get the verse and chorus, the rest just writes itself. Some songs are harder to write, I spent ages writing just the one song. After writing, we did heaps of rehearsing and finally we recorded the demo in about a day.”

There was some confusion as to what style of music they thought they wrote. “We used to be pop punk,” says Lukas, “but now we could be anywhere between alternative rock and pop rock.” Trent then adds, “We are rock or pop rock with punkie attributes. We are aggressive in our music, like punk, but not in our attitude. That’s how we’re different to the other bands. They have really aggressive attitudes but then they write generalised pop punk with generic lyrics.”

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This fact has been proven true as the backstage crew said Shoot the Messenger was one of the nicest bands to come through. They didn’t show up acting like they owned the place. Shoot the Messenger were humble and polite as well as good musicians.

Shoot the Messenger will be playing again soon at Seaford Hall, the date will be announced soon on their Facebook page.

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