EAT Your Heart Out singer Caitlin Henry believes Newcastle’s music scene will be severely damaged unless all-age venues are preserved.
The Commons last week was the latest venue closed by Newcastle City Council, following the demise of The Loft in 2013 and Drone last year.
Eat Your Heart Out played one of their first gigs at The Loft and performed on Drone’s opening and closing nights. The pop-punk five-piece have since joined US-based label Fearless Records to become one of Newcastle’s hottest rising bands.
Henry said their success wouldn’t have been possible without all-age venues.
“If none of us could have gone to under-18 shows we all wouldn’t be into this kind of music and be in this kind of band,” Henry said. “It’s so important getting kids into music and wanting to make bands.
“It’s such a shame it keeps getting shut down and something needs to be done or it’ll impact the music scene in years to come when there’s no fresh bands.”
Last Friday Eat Your Heart Out released their third EP Mind Games, the second on Fearless Records. The band, who mostly hail from Muswellbrook, signed with the home of At The Drive-In and Tonight Alive after being recommended by fellow Fearless band Movements.
“It’s a massive opportunity, it’s basically put our music on a worldwide platform that we couldn’t have gotten ourselves,” Henry said. “Because they’re US-based, a lot of our exposure is in the US.
“Our video clip for Patience has half a million views on YouTube, which we never would have achieved ourselves.”
Fearless also gave the band the opportunity to record a cover of Ed Sheeran’s monster hit Shape Of You for the Punk Goes Pop, Vol 7 compilation. The track has attracted 642,000 plays on Spotify.
“They chose the song for us and we probably wouldn’t have chosen it because it’s been covered a lot, but we were happy with it anyway and thought we could do something interesting with it,” she said.
“It’s definitely nerve-racking. Those compilations are so big, so they attract both positive and negative reactions.
“We were prepared for some negatively, but it was cool and it gave us some big exposure.”