What She Deserves in the recording studio (left); and (clockwise from back) Kiedis Wells, Michael McKenzie, Jared Weier, Daniel Driver and Daniel Leucht.
What She Deserves in the recording studio (left); and (clockwise from back) Kiedis Wells, Michael McKenzie, Jared Weier, Daniel Driver and Daniel Leucht. Contributed

Band truly getting what they deserve

COMING second in the Gold Rush Battle of the Bands competition has spurred up-and-coming Gympie hardcore/metal band What She Deserves to record its first demo.

The band went through an epic 12 hour session at Brisbane’s Wavelength studios on December 18 and is proud of its first studio experience.

“The demo was awesome,” said drummer Jared Weier.

“It worked out really well; we weren’t expecting as good a quality.”

Band members funded most of the studio time themselves, but riding on a “lucky” break, they had some help from backers.

Recording was a learning experience for the band – but just a taste of what will come, Weier said.

What She Deserves formed in November 2009, and after few lineup changes Weier is now joined by singer Daniel Driver, lead guitarist Kiedis Wells, rhythm guitarist Daniel Leucht, and bassist Michael McKenzie.

The band’s first gig was Gympie’s Battle of the Bands, wowing judges with technical and performance skills.

“That was a good confidence-booster,” Weier said.

What She Deserves was then asked to play a gig at Club 240V in Mooloolaba the night before performing at Coolum for the Summer of Sound youth band competition on December 11.

At Coolum, Weier said, the crowd of about 300 people seemed to love the band.

“The mosh pit went off! Someone’s nose was broken,” he said.

That music-lover was one of many Gympie fans that followed the band to Coolum.

Weier said What She Deserves had a lot more fans than he expected.

“We’ve had a lot of comments on the band page and some great feedback.”

With members’ influences varying between Soilwork, Parkway Drive, Periphery, A Day To Remember, The Amity Affliction, and Lamb Of God, the sound they create falls somewhere in between.

According to the band’s Facebook page, since the beginning, What She Deserves’ five members have been putting their all into each and every song, creating a fusion of melodic metal and hardcore.

And with Leucht joining more recently, the band has taken a new direction in musical creation – more technical and open to new ideas to create a whole new sound.

The band’s hopes for the near future include recording an EP and finding a venue in Gympie to perform.

“We wanna go as far as we can.” Weier said. “But there’s nowhere in Gympie to play. We’d like to get something started for an all ages event.”

The boys are keen to play as many gigs as possible, if you can help, email whatshedeserves.au@gmail.com.

If you have ideas on a Gympie venue for metal/ hardcore acts contact the band via the What She Deserves Facebook page.

Check out the demo on Facebook, or www.myspace.com/ whatshedeserves.