“Skarlett are Switched On”
Local pop punk band Skarlett are hosting a gig next Saturday night to encourage more young people to get out and experience live music. Rhythm guitarist Arran said “We’ve called this gig ‘The Switch’ because we want more young people to make the switch from listening to music on an ipod to going out and experience a live music event”.
“It’s about making live music more accessible. Until you’re old enough to go to licensed pubs and clubs live gig opportunities are pretty limited” added Jack Weaver, lead guitarist.
The Switch is the product of Skarlett’s partnership with Darwin Community Arts and the bands first application for a grant through the Office of Youth Affairs. “We were so lucky to get it!” says Lachlan Barker, drummer.
Skarlett will be supported by other local acts Casey Glennon and Ben Quinn, Far From Lost and I The Burden on the night. All bands will be performing their own original material.
Young people attending The Switch will hear the songs Skarlett are recording for their second EP over the Christmas break. “We released the first song, Doesn’t Matter Anyway on 22 November to coincide with our debut video clip produced by local video producer Auki Henry” said Sam lead vocalist and bass guitarist. “We’re stoked with the response with more than 215,000 views on You Tube alone” Sam added.
Doesn’t Matter Anyway has also been accepted on Fame Tube. Skarlett are receiving enough votes on this international website to place them in a solid position to earn enough votes to win video of the month. This could be another potential 2012 milestone for Skarlett. “Being selected as one of two local acts to perform at Bass in the Grass was huge. Having our first ever video reach an international audience is just awesome” said Arran.
The Switch will be held at Chambers Crescent Theatre, Malak from 6 – 9pm. Entry is free. It is a drug and alcohol free event for young people 21 years and under.