The forecast is very fine indeed for Peninsula four-piece Grey Horizon. A year on from their Main Street Mornington Festival award and with their debut EP imminent, it’s looking like all sun and blue skies ahead.
Grey Horizon formed in mid-2014, and their bluesy grooves, melodic vocals and energetic live shows quickly attracted an enthusiastic following. At last year’s festival they received the Haydon Godney Award as one of the best up-and-coming bands on the Peninsula, and that gave them time at Singing Bird Studios in Frankston.
Singer Keirra Ashleigh says she found her voice through school musicals and VCE music subjects under the “incredible teachings” of Ben Pisani at Sandringham College, and she cites Eva Cassidy, Sia, Katie Noonan and Matt Corby as her major influences. Keirra adds: “It was through divorce and the soul-searching that goes with it that I validated music as my strength. I credit my precious daughter for all I am.”
Alex Franes began his musical journey on six strings, influenced by rock and metal, before progressing to instrumental guitar and finally to bass. Guitarist Mars Pipicelli played in many cover bands around Melbourne and has always enjoyed writing music, but has “really found the passion” for the acoustic guitar in Grey Horizon. Drummer Tim Le Souef played and toured with mainly metal, punk and rock bands around Victoria and the east coast of Australia “until Grey Horizon made me step outside the square, and now I really enjoy the music we make and play together”.
Grey Horizon play Belgrave’s Sooki Lounge, 1648 Burwood Highway, on Sunday, August 27. Their song Change, recorded live at Frankston’s Waterfront Festival in January, is available on Bandcamp (greyhorizon1.bandcamp.com/releases) for just $1. Check it out – it’s way hot and super cool!