BURNSIDE are a band of talented guys from Penrith in New South Wales, Australia.
The band formed in late 2009, though band mates Sheldon Wharton and Grant O’Hara – who share vocal and guitar duties – along with guitarist David Rice have been playing together for more than a decade. Rounding out the current lineup is Adam Luck on keyboard and the newest addition to the Burnside family, Felipe Martelo on drums.
Burnside released their debut album ‘Evolution‘ in 2012, gaining a steady stream of Facebook fans from across the world in the process. ‘Evolution‘ is a solid rock album that starts with an epic orchestral opener and covers plenty of musical ground from the ballsy, guitar heavy powerhouse ‘Lost the Will‘ to the beautiful rock ballad ‘Will I Find You There‘. All songs are originals penned and produced by the band; but they have that professional rock-star sound that makes you think you have heard them before.
Except for drummer Felipe, who is from South America, the guys grew up in the Penrith area so they have a great time playing regularly in local venues in front of a room full of their oldest friends and other locals, who are both surprised and wowed by the great gig the band puts on.
They are also becoming a popular attraction at other venues across Sydney where they perform their brand of solid rock as well as some acoustic sets, with a few ‘covers’ thrown in. Covers that come back to life with that unmistakable Burnside style.
Guitarist David Rice spoke about the guys love of bringing their music to locals as well as the challenge of being exposed to a much wider audience and though the band’s been around for a few years now, things are just starting to “hot up” for Burnside.
Rice commented, “We’re currently in the process of putting concepts together for our first ever video clip for the song ‘What You’ve Become‘ which should be a lot of fun and will expose the band to many more people” through YouTube. “We’re also looking into handing over some of our workload to a good management team to help us get the band to the next level and allow us to focus more on the music,” Rice said.
If you want to get a taste of this brilliant band, go to their web blog. You won’t be disappointed with the unique flavor of rock produced by this up-coming band.