Locals tipped as next rock stars

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THESE four local high school students have been tipped to tackle the Australian music scene and are likely to appear on the renowned music program Rage in the near future.

The members of Gladstone band Half-Life put the finishing touches on the film clip to their latest single 'Beyond' yesterday in Gladstone.

Lead singer Andrew Knuckey said the four friends started the band as a hobbie, but were keen to take it further.

"It just started as a hobby, but we will be continuing for the last year of school and then maybe look to take it further,'' Knuckey said.

And it seems the band has the confidence of those in the industry.

Producer of their music video James Muller from Earth Base Productions, said we were likely to see the Gladstone lads on national television very soon.

"They will definitely be on Rage,'' Mr Muller said. After all he should know, he has worked on music videos for such high profile bands as Regurgitator and Rubarb, with some of his work broadcast in the music industry mecca of America.

The remaining members of the Gladstone quartet are Andrew Williams on bass and Andrew Cary on drums.

The band came to the attention of locals after winning The Observer's Battle of the Bands at the 2003 Harbour Festival. The win presented them with $500 cash and $500 recording time, which they used to record their latest single in October.

They have also previously recorded three other singles.

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