If you are looking for a new Tassie act to head bang to on a Friday night then look no further than Hobart’s upcoming three-piece, Youth Faction.
Forming in early 2016, Zac Cashion (vocals and guitar), Matt Paynter (bass) and Lockie James (drums), bring a young, vibrant and energetic talent to the Hobart punk scene.
Taking inspiration from all of your favourite punk rock bands such as Blink -182, Green Day, Sum 41, Anti-Flag, Rancid and The Living End, the band describe their sound as a mix of hard-hitting, old-school punk rock that features catchy choruses.
In true punk style, Youth Faction’s lyrics do not hold back. All in their early twenties, they name “relationships, anger, sadness, good times, mates, alcohol (for some), MILFS and energy drinks” as just some of the things that inspire them.
Whether they be about eyeing off a hot girl from across the room, being young and dumb, not being able to explain emotions or drinking too much Red Bull, all their songs tell a story, making their music very relatable to their audience.
“Punk music is extremely expressive. It can portray anger, sadness or happiness. Writing punk music is an avenue that allows us to express these emotions.”
“With punk, there are really no boundaries or limitations to the song writing and this is extremely refreshing,” they said.
A string of live shows in Hobart pubs such as the Grand Poobah and the Brisbane Hotel has helped the three create a fun, dynamic and tight-knit live set. Their performances showcase a diverse range of originals, as well as a handful of covers of their favourite artists, to which they have given their own punk rock twist.
A positive response both online and from the crowd at gigs has led to Youth Faction taking up opportunities left, right and centre, with offers to play in the state’s north, as well as interstate in Victoria and New South Wales. One of the band’s first releases, Inside My Head, has also been heard on Triple J.
“The local scene has provided us with a good framework to build the live set we will be taking to the mainland,” they said.
The trio describe the experience of performing to an active and loud audience as “killer” and enjoy building relationships with the bands they share the stage with.
“Our favourite thing about the local scene is meeting people in different bands. We have made some great friends from the bands we have played with so far,” they said.
As a result of their hard work, determination and overarching passion for sharing the music they love, plans to release an album are now in the works.
“Our plan is to have the writing complete by the end of the year so we can start recording it; to be released at the end of this year or the start of 2017.”
Go and show the local scene some love and get along to some shows. Local gigs are lined with talented musicians who are banding together to keep live and original music thriving in Hobart.
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You can also find their latest releases on Bandcamp: