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Local Talent On Show

Local Talent On Show

Who: Glass Army, Poland, Polymorphia,The Big Empty
Where: The Cambridge Hotel
When: Saturday July 30, 2005

FOUR up-and-coming Newcastle bands will come together this weekend in a special showcase organised by members of new four- piece Glass Army. While Glass Army is a relatively new name on the city's live scene, the band has been working hard at getting its name out there and supporting its contemporaries in the process.

``We only formed early this year, but we've been working hard to get our original sound out to the right audiences,'' guitarist and vocalist Alex Bulley said.

Glass Army will perform alongside some of its favourite local bands in what Bulley described as a showcase of modern rock at the Cambridge Hotel on Saturday night.

Other acts playing are Poland, Polymorphia and The Big Empty. ``We were given the show to make our own, so we thought, `Cool, now's our chance to play with whoever we want,' and we'd been wanting to play with these bands since we hit the scene and recognised their fresh ideas.'' Bulley believes that with the rising popularity The Vines and Jet over the past few years, plenty of bands in Newcastle had adopted their own take on vintage rock'n'roll. A strong stream of promising new rock bands encouraged Bulley and the rest of the members of Glass Army to not only put together their own band but devise the showcase-style gig as well.

``We have these totally edgy Novocastrian bands that are playing regular gigs, so we really want to showcase it,'' Bulley said.

``We've been trying to tee something like this up for a while, with a view to forming a real solid scene for this style of music.'' Bulley formed Glass Army with Jesse Bulley (lead guitar, backing vocals), Jore Brown (drums) and Lew Gillespie (bass) who have also played in bands such as the Karl Kennedy Affair and Chinese New Year. Taking cues from the guitar-based rock from the '60s and '70s, Glass Army's list of influences ranges from classic bands through to modern acts like Tool, Radiohead, Doves and Oasis. Entry costs $5 at the door.

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