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I Killed The Prom Queen on their way to Byron Bay

SOON HERE: I Killed The Prom Queen’s Jona Weinhofen is second from left.
SOON HERE: I Killed The Prom Queen’s Jona Weinhofen is second from left. Tom Barnes

THE hardcore music scene in Byron Bay is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Rise of Brotality tour, which hits the coastal town next month.

Featuring I Killed The Prom Queen, US band The Ghost Inside, local guys In Hearts Wake, the UK's Bury Tomorrow, and Sydney band Hellions, the amazing tour will play the Byron YAC on September 9.

IKTPQ guitarist and backing vocalist Jona Weinhofen said the band was really looking forward to the Rise of Brotality tour.

"We haven't had the opportunity to tour Australia very much," he said.

"We played Soundwave and then went overseas for six months."

Plus the fact they were friends with many of the bands would make for a fun tour, he said.

Of course, they can't wait to come to Byron Bay.

"We have a long history with Byron Bay."

"We always heard that the shows were awesome in this tiny little surf town, and we thought, 'We've got to check that out'."

"It's such a beautiful little surf town. I think I actually enjoy just getting to hang out on the beach and cruising the town more than playing - I'll have to come for a holiday there soon."

While it's quite a small venue, he said the band would enjoy playing inside.

"I quite enjoy playing inside, when it's pretty packed out and sweaty," he laughed.

"We've played shows like that for years and then we've played bigger festivals, so to go back to intimate shows like that, which is where we began, is really nice."

I Killed The Prom Queen formed in 2000 and have toured through Australia, as well as the US, Japan and parts of Europe several times.

The band split in 2008 but in 2011 announced they were reforming, with some changes to the line-up.

Weinhofen said the new line-up was proving fun.

"Most people have been asking in interviews and in conversation, 'Isn't it weird having had a pretty solid line-up for years, and now basically having three new members in the band?' and it doesn't feel so strange, because I've known these guys for years."

He used to go to shows with them, has played with them in various guises, and even managed some of them when they were in other bands.

"It just feels like I'm playing with different friends in the band now."

IKTPQ will appear beside US band The Ghost Inside, local guys In Hearts Wake, the UK's Bury Tomorrow, and Sydney band Hellions at Byron YAC on September 9. Tickets via oztix




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