Rock Scholars Bands
The Rock Scholars band program is about music and getting on stage, but it also encourages teamwork, social connections and friendship. We want to put young musicians in an environment where they will be stimulated, challenged and encouraged and form long-lasting relationships with their bandmates. We take great care when bringing kids or teenagers together to make a Rock Scholars band. The result of this is that lots of them stay together for a long time, they form real identity and a musical style of their own, and in many cases they go on to play together outside of Rock Scholars. They get to experience what it's really like to play in a band.
Take a look at some the current crop of Rock Scholars bands.
Intrusion was unanimously voted Rock Scholars band of the year 2017 by our panel of esteemed mentors and their line up includes Guitar player of the year Paddy Whitford, and Vocalist of the year Jye Criddle.
Heavily influenced by the Seattle grunge scene these guys have matured into a genuine musical force and their growing repertoire of original songs hints heavily at a first album release in 2018. We expect to see Intrusion play a lot of shows outside of Rock Scholars in the next 12 months.
Vocals - Jye
Guitar - Paddy
Guitar - Ethan
Bass - Kyle
Drums - Joel
Is this a very early photo of ZZ Top? No, this is Ricochet. Rock Scholars youngest band is also one of the hardest rocking. Formed out of the smouldering ashes of the Crazy Bananas after vocalist Emma decided to take a break, Ricochet have moved their sound two places to the left and in the 2017 end of term gig at Mojos they stunned the audience with their new direction and their take on some classic 60s surf-rock instrumentals.
With guitar player James now stepping up to the mic and tackling vocal duties there is no telling where this band could go next!
Guitar/ vocals - James
Guitar/ bass - Alexander
Drums - Caleb
These 4 guys met for the first time at Rock Scholars in early 2017. United by a shared love of metal and hardcore, everyone involved with this band has been totally blown away with what they have achieved in just 12 months.
Four virtuoso musicians who have combined to be so much more than the sum of their individual parts, Planetary are now producing seriously good original metal and took their high energy show to 2017's Rising Force heavy metal festival as well as playing shows at Bar 459 and Mojos.
Vocals - Daniel
Guitar - Sahcieme
Bass - Shaun
Drums - Fynn
Homebrand came together at Rock Scholars in 2013 and are now the elder statesmen of our band program.
A power-house of the Perth underage music scene, Homebrand have played a lot of headline shows around YMCA HQ, Four5Nine, The Garage, Babushka, Rubber Soul Lounge and The Carine. In October 2017 Homebrand released their first studio single "Shelf" – which won Rock Scholars song of the year 2017 - a fast paced, gritty song that takes a modern turn on Punk rock.
Daryl - Bass and vocals
Billy - guitar
Sam - guitar and vocals
Ollie - drums
These guys met at Rock Scholars in term 3 of 2017. So far they have played at Bar 459, Sorrento Quay boardwalk and most recently at Mojos Bar, Fremantle.
Their infectious brand of indie pop and Imogen's captivating vocal performances have wowed audiences everywhere they play.
In the short time they have been together they have written some great original songs and there's lots more to come in 2018.
Imogen - vocals and bass
Tim - guitar
Chloe - guitar
Paris - drums
Luca and Lola have been the foundation of this band for 3 years over multiple line up changes, but Parklife 2018 looks like the real deal.
With the addition of Harry and Jerry to the band, they have become a powerful and compelling live act with great songs and stage presence.
The plan for 2018 is to focus on writing new material, enter a few band comps, and have fun. You know - all that!
Bass and vocals - Luca
Guitar - Lola
Guitar - Harry
Drums - Jerry
After a few changes in line, the remnants of the band formerly known as Cola Koala evolved into Shedhead in 2017 and they are now moving into the musical big league.
Their guitar-driven Indie rock shows clear influences of Violent Soho and The Smith Street Band, but Shedhead are writing awesome songs and their sound is all their own.
With a new drummer joining in 2018 to replace the outgoing Paddy Conn (we'll miss you Paddy), Shedhead are a band to watch on the Perth local scene.
Drums - Ollie
Bass - Keir
Guitar/ vocals - Gus
Guitar/ vocals - Alex
DoE are a classic power rock trio and fast developing a reputation as the hardest hitting of the current crop of young Rock Scholars bands. Led by the sizzling guitar playing of dynamic front man Alex, the engine room of this band provided by Liam (drums) and Kyle (bass) has the audience jumping in the aisles every time this band hits the stage.
Rumours these guys may leave Rock Scholars, soon, but with lots of new material in the pipeline, make sure you catch this band live in 2018.
Alex - vocals and guitar
Kyle - bass
Liam - drums
Rock Scholars band of the Year 2016, Mango Tango have left the Rock Scholars program so they don't really belong here. Heck, we even heard they were splitting up.
But we love these guys, their infectious post-punk suburban life indie-pop has had audiences jumping at Rock Scholars gigs like no band before them and we will keep hustling them until they come back.
If you never got to see MT play live, at least do yourself a favour and check out their album.
Drums - Max
Bass - Adam
Vocals - Sam
Guitar and vocals - Katie