Bryce Wilson, Calum Newton and James Whitfield, members of the band Lunatics on Pogosticks, who have been selected as one of six finalists in Triple J’s Unearthed High competition.
Bryce Wilson, Calum Newton and James Whitfield, members of the band Lunatics on Pogosticks, who have been selected as one of six finalists in Triple J’s Unearthed High competition.

Lunatics heading for top of the pops

LENNOX Head band Lunatics on Pogosticks might be about to hit the big time after being announced as one of six finalists in Triple J's Unearthed High competition.

Unearthed High is a competition that searches the country for Australia's best high school music act.

Songwriters, bands and producers can enter so long as at least half of the band members are in high school.

Lunatics on Pogosticks is made up of Lennox Head lads Bryce Wilson, James Whitfield and Calum Newton.

The three boys are in Year 12 at three different high schools but have been playing music together for the past year.

Mr Wilson said the band was "blown away" to be named a finalist in the competition.

"We're all so stoked," Mr Wilson said.

"We're just so grateful to Triple J for choosing us even to be a finalist."

Lunatics on Pogosticks' music can be described as a "garage-pop with rock influences".

The name was inspired by the Red Hot Chili Peppers song Apache Rose Peacock and is reflective of the boys' attitude to life.

"We're all lunatics in our own way," Mr Wilson said.

He said the opportunity to record professionally would give the band a leg-up in the music industry.

"At the moment we're recording our tracks in Calum's garage, so it would be great to be able to get something professionally done," Mr Wilson said.

Lunatics on Pogosticks are hoping to tour after they finish school this year.

"We'd definitely like to push the band as far as we can," Mr Wilson said.

"We're in the early stages of organising some shows around Melbourne and Sydney."

The winning band will have their song professionally recorded by Triple J music producers.

The song will also be played on Triple J and a concert will be held at the winner's high school where the unearthed band will play alongside the band San Cisco.

The winner of Unearthed High will be announced on August 16.


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