HEAVY MUSIC: Scattered players (from left) Jayden Mende, Steven Schneider and Will Harding in rehearsal before tonight’s gig.
HEAVY MUSIC: Scattered players (from left) Jayden Mende, Steven Schneider and Will Harding in rehearsal before tonight’s gig. David Nielsen

Mayhem at Murphy's as metal rocks scene

IT HASN'T been easy for rock enthusiasts like Will Harding to get their fix of heavy metal music in Ipswich lately.

"If I want to see that genre of music played live, I normally have to travel out to Brisbane," the Lockyer Valley resident said.

"Metal used to be offered in Ipswich years ago, but it got kicked to the wayside for some reason.

"Now fans of the music don't really have anywhere to go to see it locally."

All that is about to change though, with a monthly event called Metal Mayhem starting up at Murphy's Town Pub tonight.

The night aims to showcase several home-grown metal bands playing various styles of heavy music.

The head-banging entertainment will kick off with performances from upcoming bands Scattered and Dethwish.

Mr Harding, 25, who plays guitar in Scattered said he hoped the event would spark a resurgence of live heavy metal in Ipswich.

"Our band plays a new genre of rock called Grunk - which is made up of grunge, punk and metal," he said.

"Since we announced our upcoming performance, a lot of Ipswich metal fans have expressed enthusiasm about the gig.

"At this stage Metal Mayhem is on a three-month trial so we're encouraging all people, whether they are fans of the music genre or not, to come out and support the event."

Murphy's Town Pub manager Bob Barrett said there were some fantastic musical talent in Ipswich and he was pleased to be able to offer bands a venue to perform.

"Some of the bands approached me a while back with the possibility of using Murphy's as a performance venue," he said.

"I was pleased to open the doors to them because I felt it was important to support these kinds of acts. I think it will do well.

"If it's successful, I'll consider making it a fortnightly event."

Mr Barrett said his decision to host the night was also based on the fact that Ipswich had a serious lack of live music venues.

"If people want live music, most have to travel into Brisbane to get it," he said. "And we're losing a lot of people that way.

"There needs to be more of this kind of entertainment, which caters to different age and social groups, available locally in Ipswich."

The bands will perform tonight at Murphy's, on Union Pl. Doors open 7.30pm with happy hour prices. Tickets are $10.

For details, phone 3281 2266.



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