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The Rock-itt : July 2010
Mona Vales' Pittwater High was the starting point for this classic rock band, with original band members Byron and Blake attending school together. Now in their early 20's Byron is still on drums, with Blake on vocals and lead guitar. After a few member changes along the way, they have since added in Britney, Blake's sister, on base. The name has also changed several times over the years- before finally settling on Kickstone, although Byron says "one favourite for me was Kickface!!" All are currently studying at uni, in subjects non- musical and entertainment orientated, such as aeronautical science. They are constantly gigging and manage to fit their gigs around uni and its requirements. Recently Britney finished a run of uni exams in time for their booking at a 21st bash that evening. They manage their time well, prioritise and successfully manage to fit uni, rehearsals and gigs into their busy schedules. In fact they are keen to add even more bookings to their diary. Obviously all bookings are accepted, but the band preference is not so much the small party but the bigger event and venue, as they feel this suits their style of music. The group and their music love the atmosphere of a bigger gig more, especially one where they do not have to disappoint their fans by having to stop playing to make way for a DJ and cake cutting. While not full time professional musos, they are passionate about the band and ultimately would like to set down a recording. Blake says that the band is influenced by classic rock groups such as Guns n Roses, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. He said, "Our originals have a unique sound and our songs are long." He is not wrong, with one timed at 12 minutes. These are not love songs, as Byron says,"we are not into that". Their songs are more thought provoking and real. For example, they took a life experience and wrote 'Lonely Boy" about a guy who could not get a girl for a long time and went somewhat downhill before recovering and moving on. The mate they based this song on laughs about that stage of his life