Ella’s Solitude rocks Hobart

Tasmanian Rock Challenge contenders, Ella’s Solitude: James Wells (bass and vocals), Damon Pyke (guitar and vocals) and Tyler Dejong (drums).

Music. Three Smithton High School students took on the Tasmanian Rock Challenge, playing a gig in Hobart last Wednesday.

Three-piece band Ella’s Solitude is made up of James Wells (bass and vocals), Damon Pyke (guitar and vocals) and Tyler Dejong (drums).

The grade 10 boys participated in the high-school section of the challenge. Last month they played in the regional heat in Devonport and came second, allowing them to go to Hobart for the final, where those who finished first and second place in regional heats competed for the state title.

Despite not taking home the title, the boys went home on a high, according to Smithton High School music teacher Tessa Lee.

She described the band’s genre as pop/punk, influenced by bands such as Greenday and Blink 182. “They practise after school twice a week, and are largely self-taught,” Ms Lee said.

The group left for Hobart on Tuesday and arrived just in time for a sound check at the Youth Arts and Recreation Centre.

“Once the night began at 6pm, it was a short wait until the boys played their three-song, all-original set,” Ms Lee said.

“They were as nervous as I’ve ever seen them. There was a big crowd of mostly teenagers and parents, all strangers.”

After a long night of great music, Riverside High School won first place and Penguin High School took out second. The college section was won by Hellyer College. Ms Lee said the north-west coast was punching well above its weight in musical representation.

Ms Lee said it was a great experience for the band, playing music outside of Circular Head.


Ella’s Solitude will be playing as part of the line-up for the Lighting of the Christmas Tree on Friday November 15.




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