Local boys to the Arias

ARIA Award nominees The Amity Affliction have come a long way since they started out in Gympie eight years ago.

Hardcore rock didn't go down to well in the boy's hometown so the original five band members moved too Brisbane where they, after a few changes to the line-up, became a prominent fixture on Australia's metal scene.

The outfit now comprises of core members, former Gympie lads Troy Brady (guitar) and Ahren Stringer (bass), who remain the group's main songwriters. They have been joined by Joel Birch (lead vocals), Ryan Burt (drums), Trad Nathan (keyboards) and Clint Splattering (guitar).

Being nominated an Aria Award for the Best Hard Rock / Heavy Metal Album for their second album Youngbloods, has taken the boys by surprise, but not their fans.

After their first album Severed Ties (released in 2008) earned them a reputation as one of Australia's most diverse and “easy to dance to” post-hardcore bands, their highly anticipated follow-up flew into the Aria top 10 and debuted at number 6.

“It's pretty exciting but it came out of left-field,” Troy told The Gympie Times while on a break from working as a tour manager for an up-coming band.

“It's a great thing to get acknowledgement, we've been going pretty hard for the past seven or eight years.”

Troy said the band wasn't concerned whether they won the award or not and learned later that day the gong for best heavy rock album had gone to Deep Blue an album by Parkway Drive.

Parkway Drive is the biggest current heavy band in the world — you can't argue with that.”

“The Arias are judged by an industry panel. It's not people's choice. For me it's a trip to Sydney and one more chance to see more of Australia before I go overseas.”

The Amity Affliction has been signed to an American record label which obligates them to tour for most of the year.

Troy hoped to return to Gympie this weekend to see his folks before heading overseas to start a 14-month world tour. Fans can look forward to their brief return in February for the Soundwave Festival.