Collins Class dives into battle
SOUTHERN Gold Coast indie rockers Collins Class confirmed they were in a league of their own after recently winning the Global Battle of the Bands Queensland heat for the second year running.
Drummer and lead singer Jeff Palmer said the band was looking forward to battling for the top spot at the state finals in Brisbane.
"We came in at second place last year, which we were really happy with, but it would be great to take out the top spot this year," he said.
It's been an exciting few years for the band, who jumped in the tour van last year following the release of their debut EP, Venus Alley.
Mr Palmer said he and fellow band members Gazz Mason (bass) and Chad Brown (guitar) loved every minute.
"We had a blast on the tour and the response from audiences across the country was fantastic," he said.
"Unfortunately the music scene is struggling a bit in Australia at the moment, in terms of people being able to see live music, but we've had great crowds.
"Melbourne and Perth were a lot of fun - Perth definitely has the best music scene in Australia at the moment, there's a lot of talent."
Mr Palmer said one of the most important parts of playing gigs was making connections, with both the audience and other bands in the community.
"If we're playing at a festival or event, we always like to be the last band standing, talking to the locals and other bands at the end of the night," he said.
"It can be a hard industry to work in so it's good to make those connections and support other musicians."
With plans to release an album next year, Mr Palmer said fans should keep an eye out for a sentimental bootleg EP.
"We've recently recorded an EP on my dad's property in outback NSW in a 100-year-old woolshed," he said.
"The acoustics were unbelievable, it's a great room with all timber beams and there's no noise outside so you don't need to worry about sound-proofing.
"It's a really special space."
Collins Class will release the aptly titled Woolshed Bootleg EP in time for Christmas.