Band’s stellar rise to the top

Bonney Ranch members (from left) Liam Gubbins, Tav Watson and Connor Dwyer will perform at the Push Over regional finals at the Lighthouse Theatre. Picture: VICKY HUGHSONWITH an EP on the way and regular gigs at a local music venue, it’s no surprise Bonney Ranch won the recent youth music competition, Crusade of the Chords.

The alternative rock group is made up of young members Liam Gubbins, Connor Dwyer and Lachlan Barling, who attend Emmanuel College, and Tav Watson, from Warrnambool College.

All are 18 years old and formed the band two years ago after meeting during an inter-school excursion.

The four are close to completing their year 12 studies, while also preparing to record an EP in Melbourne after winning Kool Schools through JB HiFi.

“It’s a $2000 experience and they will distribute our stuff on iTunes,” frontman Gubbins said. “We’ve been practising new songs to record.”

Gubbins said those new songs would be played at the Pushover regional finals, at the Lighthouse Theatre this Friday .

Bonney Ranch will compete against six others bands from across the Barwon south-west region for an opportunity to play at the Push Over music festival in 2014.

“It will be a good testing ground for the EP and we’ll have some fun,” Gubbins said.

He said competitions like Crusade of the Chords gave local talent a great chance to shine.

“It’s very important on a community level to give people a foot in the industry door. The whole set up is fantastic, council do a great job… it’s industry quality.”

Crusade of the Chords and the Push Over regional finals are FReeZA events, hosted by Warrnambool City Council and Brophy Family and Youth Services. Activities and events co-ordinator David Gibb said Crusade of the Chords was a fantastic evening.

“There were 15 performances with over 200 people attending,” Mr Gibb said. Tickets to the Push Over regional finals at the Lighthouse Theatre are $10 and can be purchased at the door, which will be open from 6pm for a 6.30pm start.Bonney Ranch regularly plays at The Loft, in Warrnambool, and has an upcoming gig at The Stump, in Port Fairy. For information about gigs, find the band’s Facebook page by searching “Bonney Ranch”.

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