STONEVILLE musician Kym Redmond is excited ahead of the launch of her new EP Higher Passage alongside her band mates from the Band of Missfits next week.
Band of Missfits also features Greenmount musician Melanie Dius, Lee Matheson from Maylands and Ellenbrook musician Paul Smith.
“We formed in 2015,” she said.
“I was not satisfied being a solo artist after releasing my solo album What’s Left Behind in July of 2015 and wanted to be backed by a full band.
“So I put my feelers out on Bandmix, an advertising site for musicians looking to play with other musicians.”
Redmond said Band of Missfits’ sound was inspired by various musical influences.
“People that inspired me to sing from a young age would have been Barbara Streisand, Etta James, Whitney Houston, Alanis Morrisette, Metallica, System of a Down, Nirvana and The Cranberries,” she said.
“As a band I’d say our combined influences are Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Living End, Sarah McLeod, Birds of Tokyo and Muse.
“We’d describe our music as highly melodic indie-rock with amazing powerhouse vocals with smooth harmonies, driving drums and catchy guitar hooks to leave you wanting more.”
Redmond said it was challenging forging a career in the industry.
“The hardest challenge I’ve faced have been the knock-backs from industry professionals,” she said.
“It’s hard being the singer, songwriter and manager all at once.
“The knock-backs are like a punch to my core.
“I take it hard because it’s my heart and soul in these songs. I pour everything into them, they are all pieces of me, so the knock-backs sometimes leave me questioning my own worth.
“I think having the tenacity to keep going is the most important thing though, when the love for what I do is so strong it drives me.”
Band of Missfits will launch Higher Passage at The Den at The Civic Hotel, Inglewood on Friday June 15.