HEAD BANGERS: Rockhampton metal band A.M.P. are keen to get their sound out as far as they can over the next year with recording and paying live locally and out of town.
HEAD BANGERS: Rockhampton metal band A.M.P. are keen to get their sound out as far as they can over the next year with recording and paying live locally and out of town. Cameron Foley

Mates and metal mix well for Rockhampton band A.M.P.

JUST five guys throwing together some songs for the love of metal.

Those are the words Rockhampton band A.M.P. used to describe themselves online, but the boys have created something far more solid than that.

A.M.P.'s story is different from one member to the next and has a lot to do with partying and meeting at the right time.

Long-term friends from school, drummer Hayden Westwood and guitarist Simon Atfield, had been playing music together for years.

Once reuniting with guitarist James Dawson from school in Blackwater, and recruiting newly found friend from Rockhampton Codey O'Connor (bass player) and vocalist Hayden Foley, the band was complete.

They each have a mutual appreciation for partying and making heavy music together.

Members Simon and Hayden Foley spoke to Pulse recently about their plans to seek more exposure locally and further afield.

"It's been really good lately, we're getting a lot more momentum and shows, so that's the direction we want to take things," Hayden said.

Finding it a little difficult to pinpoint their sound, Hayden said they didn't want to pigeon-hole themselves into one particular genre of metal.

"You could say we're metal core, post-hardcore, blues, punk, we're influenced by a lot of different bands and we like to mix it up," he added.

"We just jam together and someone might come up with a riff and then everyone has their own ideas to put on top of that which is how our song-writing process usually works."

The boys also scored a slot on the bill of Brisbane's Metal of Honor event on News Year's Day which they are excited about.

"When we play live, the crowd response usually gets us going, but we just like having fun on stage," Hayden said.

"The metal scene in Rocky is pretty quiet at the moment but we're hoping to work with venues to pick it up again."

The group also have several different side projects including Simon's Vegas to Vancouver duo and Hayden's other metal act, Enchiridion.

"I think music will always be part of our lives no matter what we're doing," Hayden said.

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Find A.M.P. on Facebook or Instagram

The band will play Metal of Honor in Brisbane on New Year's Day at The Back Room



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