✦ Port Macquarie has been producing some great music recently across a wide range of genres. There are pockets of youthful talent sprouting up from all areas across the LGA and encompassing a wide variety of genres, including grunge, indie, and punk.
It seems the music scene is working its way back to life following the two years of lockdowns.
Port Macquarie based “Mediocre Sunrise” offer up an engaging alternative rock sound that they describe as “bursting ears, beating hearts” and they’re set to etch their shoe-gaze sound in your memory with their impressive line-up of original songs.
Mediocre Sunrise came together as a trio through a common love of music and attending the same High School, St. Joseph’s Regional College in Port Macquarie. Jack, Jett and Taylah had a dedication to their instruments and craft and were all intrigued by the 90's grunge template.
Jack Davies – Guitar | Vocals
Taylah Davidson – Bass | Vocals
Jett Willows – Drums
The band’s sound combines dreamy vocals with chunky riffs combining a thrilling rock concoction.
“We are a mix of 90’s grunge with a melodic shoe-gaze edge, and modern hooks and riffs,” says lead vocalist and guitarist Jack Davies.
Gaining inspiration from 90’s stalwarts such as Nirvana and The Pixies, their recent set at Hot Tropics saw them cover “Where is my Mind” – and they had the whole audience singing along.
“Jack is a mad Nirvana fan,” says Taylah, “Jett is a solid Black Sabbath fan, I love The Pixies and together we just bring a mix of great musical influences."
The band recently played at the first All Ages Hot Tropics show at the new Terrace venue at Wave bowl. “We are so grateful for opportunities like this,” says Jett. "Cristian Campano from Hot Tropics really supports live music and gave us a chance to experience what it’s like to play on a full bill.”
Cristian Campano says, “Hot Tropics is a celebration of original live music featuring bands from Port Macquarie, the mid-north coast and beyond. We strive to give up and comers and young bands the opportunity to play on the Hot Tropics stage with their musical peers.”
“My band is one of the most important aspects of my life. It brings out a part of myself and my bandmates that I cannot find anywhere else. Every time we perform, or get in a perfect rehearsal, it feels incredible. An exhilaration I cannot capture anywhere else in any other way. So it means a lot to me. I think as a team we are all chasing that feeling every day. And so it is all our common goal, to go further and help make our music reach out far.”
“Although we have not been a band for very long, I appreciate the experiences and opportunities it has given me. These experiences hold very dear to me. Being able to do this with two of my closest friends mean everything to me and we are continuing to learn and build on our skills.”
“I have been drumming for about five years and had been jamming with Taylah and Jack during lunch times at school. It was a natural progression to start the band, and it was good to put all that drumming practice into something sustainable. Now I get to hang out with my best friends, write songs and make music.”
So what’s next for the band?
“We are planning on recording two of our original songs and are just locked into pre-production at the moment.”
Mediocre Sunrise will continue to hone their sound. Watch out for them!
Photos credit: Lola Willows
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