School band hits big time
FOUR boys from Alstonville High School marked their place in the music industry when they flew into Ballina airport yesterday waving a $50,000 recording contract
As winners of the MySchoolAct competition, their band Glass Towers won not only a contract from Sony to record their first EP, but a $10,000 publishing contract and a brand new mobile phone for each band member.
“It was pretty insane, but it was the greatest moment of my life,” 17-year-old lead singer Ben Hannam said of the MySchoolAct final.
The rest of the band – Daniel Muszynski, Cameron Holdstock and Sam Speck – are all 17.
The MySchoolAct competition involved several performance rounds and Glass Tower’s opening song in the final at The Metro in Sydney was a new song, Bicycle, which they rehearsed in their hotel room moments before going on stage. They then sang Gloom Pop Song. It was enough to impress Sony.
“It’s every band’s dream,” Daniel said. “Sony will come up to Byron Bay to see us before recording.”
The indie rock band features on MySpace and had a taste of success last year when they were the local band chosen to open Splendour in the Grass.
“We were walking home from school when we got a phone call telling us we were playing at Splendour,” Ben said.
Alstonville High School principal David Silcock was over the moon with the boys’ success.
“We are tremendously proud. They have been driven by their own initiative and determination,” he said.
Four years ago the boys started a band called The Stains and played at youth festivals and school functions. Despite plans to start work on their first album in January, the boys will continue their Year 12 education next year.
“That is if fame and fortune don’t take them away,” Mr Silcock said.
Sam’s father, Perry Cornish, is also pleased for the boys. “They come to our place and play in the garage,” he said.
“It is so hard to break into this industry,” drummer Daniel said.
But break in they have. The boys now have plenty to write about on their MySpace site.