Christian College Geelong student Nick Hinks, at 15yrs old, is in the enviable position of heading to Berlin with his band to represent Australia and compete for the Global Battle of the Bands title. His band, Geelong based indie rock outfit ‘The Run’, blitzed the other bands from across Australia to take out the national title and will be up against 20 bands at the World Final in Germany on the 26th of May.
With bandmates, Will Conway (18yrs) and Connor Sheedy (18yrs), the group recently finished up an east coast tour for their debut EP, Beside Me, and are now ecstatic about the chance to represent their country. “It’s ridiculously scary, representing Australia,” says Sheedy. “For me it really hasn’t sunk in yet!”
The band formed in late 2014 after the boys met each other on stage in a local theatre production, drawing inspiration from the likes of Mumford and Sons, Jungle Giants and the Foo Fighters. Initially, their involvement in the Battle of The Bands competition was via a last minute invitation to come and perform at The Elephant and the Wheelbarrow in March 2015. Having only been together for 4 months, they unexpectedly won the heat and went on to use their tour and subsequent gigging experience as an opportunity to hone their skills for the National Final in Sydney. Now, having won the final, they will fly to Berlin to perform alongside the other national winners.
(Photo: Lucinda Goodwin Photography)
Christian College Geelong Teacher & Head of Music Technology Daniel Zampatti is proud of his students’ success thus far. “It’s hugely exciting about the boys and what they’re achieving,” he says. “Nick’s in my Year 10 Music class and it’s great to see him doing so well at such a young age. We’ve had them play for our senior school and VET class and they’ve always been really well received by all the students.”
Currently the boys are preparing for the competition finding time in their busy schedules of full time work and school. For them it’s only just beginning, this national win is huge for them and they’re looking forward to releasing their next EP and future tours. “We’ve got a tour planned for September and another one over the summer which will be really cool, especially once we’ve got our new material down,” says Hinks.
The Run will perform a homecoming show at the Workers’ Club in Geelong on June 4. For more info on the band, visit www.therunaus.com.au and to view the music video for their single, Beside Me, head to www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_rOd5nqH9Y.