Ipswich's Bell St Boys hit it big online
THE ability of three Ipswich "lads" to have a laugh at their own expense has resulted in the group becomming an up-and-coming online sensation.
Film school graduate Connor Fairclough and close friends Nicholas Roberts, Ryan Velasques and Matt Reeves have become local celebrities thanks to their video performances as the "Bell St Boys".
The group, who perform comedy skits and publish them online, have found recent fame thanks to the music videos they have created for a segment on a popular local radio station.
"Before I went to film school we had a little channel where we did weekly skits, we didn't really get much attention on Facebook but we just enjoyed doing it," Connor said.
"About a month ago when I was coming back from Sydney someone sent me a link to Stav's Suburban Songs on B105 and I thought they were fantastic."
So far the 18-year-olds have created music videos for songs about Brisbane, Indooroopilly, Surfers Paradise and, of course, Ipswich.
"Our Ipswich video just hit 12,000 views on Facebook and we have just started a YouTube channel," Connor said.
"Growing up in Ipswich we knew what it was like.
"When you see people sharing the videos there a sense of community pride, people are saying positive things so I think it's a cool way to get some spirit around the community."
Nicholas said the group had even been recognised in the street since their videos had become more popular online.
"When you walk to the shopping centre you get people who come up and say, 'Oh, you're one of The Bell Street Boys'," he said.
"It's fun to see your work pay off online, people sharing, commenting and liking - it pushes you to do a few more, I love it."
After their recent success filming comedy skits and music videos the Bell Street Boys have now started recording their own songs.
"The one we have just recorded is called 'What do the lads do?' and it's a parody of 'What does the fox say?'," Connor said.
"It's just about a day in the life of a normal Ipswich lad.
"We're doing it because it's fun, everything else is just the cherry on top.
"We'll keep taking it as it comes each week and we'll see what happens, if it does go somewhere that's a bonus."