Lauren's cymbal of success
SHE'S been kicking around as a rock drummer and musician for some years now and though Lauren Tarrant is "between bands", her track Unhinged is getting plenty of attention on the national Triple J Unearthed website.
As of yesterday afternoon Unhinged was number 7 on the Unearthed Rock Chart and 29th on the overall Unearthed chart.
The track by the Grafton TAFE Contemporary Music diploma student, features Lauren on guitar, bass, drums and back-up vocals, not to mention her skills at the recording desk.
Lead vocals are provided by TAFE teacher Matt Robison who previously fronted Synapse - a Yamba band which was "Unearthed" in the late 1990s.
"It's encouraging," said Lauren of her song's rise through the Unearthed charts. "There's some hope for the art."
The track itself, like many of Lauren's efforts with her alter-ego/former band Mastigma, is heavily influenced by 90s rock including Tool and Soundgarden.
"It's sort of catchy but I wanted to push the boundaries of what is considered normal," she said.
To check out and vote for Lauren's track, either search Mastigma at triplejunearthed.com or follow this link - http://ow.ly/eKI4T.
Lauren joins fellow Grafton TAFE student Malachi Corcoran (part of Mid North Collaboration) in his climb up the Unearthed chart. His outfit's track Free as a Bird was number 3 on the Unearthed Hip Hop chart and 35 overall last night.
Grafton TAFE MusicSelected success stories
Will Edgar and Daniel Cox - Nine Sons of Dan - major up-and-comers on the Australian pop/rock scene.
Craig Irons and Nathan Cave - members of InCyde - touring USA supporting Il Nino.
Richie Jamison - Bachelor of Audio Production, own studio
Several current and former students are in successful local bands including Mostaccio, Auribus and Hekyl and Jive.
Many students have gone on to become full-time music teachers.
The TAFE Contemporary Music students launch their 2012 CD Groove Therapy at next week's TAFE Market Day. More details in Out There next Thursday.