Colac musicians in Soundwave line-up

Aitches, from left,Matt Yates, drums, Brad Young, vocals, Shaun Scanlan, guitar, and Joel Scanlan, bass.

THREE former Colac musicians will perform in front of tens of thousands of people at an internationally renowned festival.

Brothers Joel and Shaun Scanlan, and Matt Yates are three-quarters of Melbourne pop-punk bank Aitches, which radio station Triple J has selected to join the line up of Melbourne’s Soundwave festival.

The trio, and singer Brad Young of Frankston, will play alongside international headline acts including System of a Down, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit and Marilyn Manson at Melbourne’s showgrounds on March 2.

Joel Scanlan, who plays bass guitar, said the band submitted music to Triple J Unearthed, a website which showcases Australian grassroots music, and judges selected the band from their submission.

Scanlan, who lives in Fitzroy, said Triple J presenter Lindsay McDougall, also known as The Doctor, delivered the news on air on Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s massive, it’s huge – so many steps will be jumped by getting that much exposure,” the former Trinity College Colac student said.

“We had been played on Triple J prior to that so we did think we were in the running but there were a couple of other bands that we thought were above us,” he said.

Scanlan said performing at the same festival as “massive influences” such as Strung Out and System of a Down would be “amazing”.

“I think it’s going to be surreal and very exciting,” Scanlan said.

“I’ve not come close to playing anything like that before so it’s hard to say exactly what it will be like,” he said.

Scanlan said the band formed about two-and-half years ago but had been playing together consistently for the past year.

He said they released two singles, Trouble and What You Know, in January and would launch their first album, Stay In Bed, in March.

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