Band restless for success

IT HAS been nearly four years in the making, but tomorrow Amy Meredith’s debut album, Restless, will finally be released.

The five-piece band, four of whom hail from Sutherland Shire, have been hard at work to shape 12 original songs.

Lead singer Christian Lo Russo, guitarists Cameron Laing and Joel Chapman, bassist Wade Osborn and drummer Kosta Theodosis, have been riding on a wave of success all year.

Since February, Amy Meredith has toured as support acts for Evermore, Cobra Starship and Owl City and performed on Hey Hey It’s Saturday. Next Wednesday, the band will play to its biggest audience to date at the State of Origin final match.

With their current single, Lying, sitting at number 10 on the Aria charts, Mr Lo Russo, 24, said success was a long time coming.

“We have worked hard to get where we are today,” Mr Lo Russo said. “This is not something you can fake. We’re going strong 100 percent and want to keep at this for a long time.”

Describing their sound as new-wave pop stemming from influences The Smiths and The Cure but with a modern twist, Mr Lo Russo said Restless was a diverse and energetic mix.

“Black Eyes would be one of my favourite tracks because it’s the first song we all wrote together as a band,” Mr Lo Russo said.

“Lying is also a favourite since it helped us break through the industry and it reflects the modern-day Amy Meredith.”

The band members credits their strong fan base for their success and take time out to respond to online messages whenever they can. Mr Lo Russo said it was important to utilise online social networks to build a fan base. “It’s a nice feeling to see people sing our songs and care about our music,” Mr Lo Russo said.

“I think it’s important … to keep in touch with the fans.”

The band, which is signed to Sony, is content to establish roots in Australia for now but hope to one day break into the international market.

“We do want to broaden our horizons overseas,” Mr Lo Russo said. “One label in particular has been quite interested in us, so we’re going to look at pursuing it.”

St George and Sutherland Shire Leader.