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The Band of Missfits includes drummer Paul Smith, lead guitarist Melanie Fowler, bass player Lee Matheson and Kym Redmond.

Missfits up for WA music award

STONEVILLE based indie rock group Band of Missfits are vying for most popular new act in the 2018 WA Music Awards. 

The band are competing against nine others in the public voting category of the awards. 

Singer-songwriter Kym Redmond, drummer Paul Smith (Forrestfield), lead guitarist Melanie Fowler (Swan View) and bass player Lee Matheson (Maylands) have been together since 2015.

“We’re pretty stoked to be in that category and to be nominated,” Redmond said.

“We’re up against some good bands, we even play with some of those bands in our line-ups.”

After two years the band released their first EP Into The Storm followed recently by their latest EP Higher Passage.

Into the Storm is a laid back easy listening ep and we were kind of wanting to head into the heavier side with Higher Passage,” she said. 

The band practice out of Redmond’s Stoneville home and travel all over the Perth metropolitan area to perform. 

“I would love to do a tour of WA, whether it be north west or south west,” Redmond said.

“We would also love to be working towards producing a full length album later next year and even a little east coast Australia tour.”

Redmond began singing at the age of six but took a long break before returning to music in 2012 and soon after put the call out to create a band.

“I feel a bit vulnerable singing out there by myself if it’s just me,” she said.

“I much prefer being backed by a full band, it sounds awesome having a full band backing.”

Band of Missfits are playing WAMFest Live at Universal Bar on November 3.

Winners will be announced at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Perth grand ballroom on November 1.

By Claire Ottaviano

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