SW band on track to success

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Sonetay are a young South West band on the rise, putting hard work into both covers and originals to play a string of local shows.
Camera IconSonetay are a young South West band on the rise, putting hard work into both covers and originals to play a string of local shows. Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times, Supplied

Busselton teen band Sonetay are honing their sound for The Ship Inn’s Battle of the Bands on Saturday.

The four 14-year-olds have been crafting their signature blend of jazz and rock for two years after forming at the beginning of high school.

The band consists of lead singer Sofia Watt, drummer Ethan Sturk-Ralls, guitarist Jack Collins and guitar/bassist Ned Partington.

Never daunted by the big occasion, the young rockers are embarking on a group of pub shows — despite being unable to visit the venues unaccompanied for another four years.

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Sofia said she was looking forward to performing in the contest and being judged by the audience.

“We have been practising a lot in the past few months with our mentor Mitch Baker, who has helped my singing a lot,” she said.

“I don’t normally sing rock songs so it’s great to have that guidance.

“We love playing Joker and the Thief by Wolfmother, it’s so cool — lookout for that one.”

Ned said his passion for music started when he was introduced to The Rolling Stones.

“I started playing the ukulele because it was a bit easier on my fingers and then I moved quickly to guitar,” he said.

“I love playing Free Falling by Tom Petty with the band.”

The four Georgiana Molloy Anglican School students practice at school and in Dunsborough every Friday.

The rehearsals include perfecting covers and working on original songs such as Take This Step, Freedom and Don’t Tell Me To Go.

Ethan said he loved drumming because of the different combinations he could create. Producing an EP is also a goal for the group.

“We’re working on a bunch on new stuff and we want to create our own sound,” he said.

Sonetay will play Battle of the Bands at The Ship Inn on Saturday night. The contest begins at 8pm and entry is free.

Sonetay will also perform at Caves House Hotel on September 1 and at Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough on September 9.

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