Winners of last year’s Youth Rockin’ The Black Dog (YRBD) music competition, four-piece alternative rockers Pacefaint, are set to launch their highly anticipated EP ‘Can You See the Living?’ this Thursday 3 September at Lizottes.
Copies of the fully produced, mastered and pressed EP will be made available by Pacefaint during their official launch this Thursday for a gold coin donation.
Pacefaint front man, Michael Garrett, said, “Since winning the Youth Rockin’ the Black Dog competition our standard of performance has been raised. I just want to keep playing and reach as many people as possible.
“The competition helped us and is continuing to help us, with this EP, to accomplish that,” said Michael.
The Youth Rockin’ the Black Dog annual music competition encourages young people to get thinking and talking about mental health issues with friends, family and networks and provides a platform for emerging young acts in the Hunter area.
The competition is managed by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, in partnership with local headspace centres Newcastle and Maitland.
Folk-rock songstress and YRBD coordinator Kim McNaughton said, “As someone with experience in the music industry, I know how hard it can be to fund an original music EP. I’m excited we could be a part of that process for these amazingly talented young emerging musicians.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the creative talent in this year’s competition, our heats starting this week are full of musicians from many different genres,” she said.
Director of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, Jaelea Skehan is looking forward to the EP launch, and says the opportunity to engage young people in mental health promotion is important.
“The music competition is one of the Hunter Institute’s two community projects, promoting awareness of mental health issues and help-seeking information for young people in the Hunter and surrounding areas.
“These events allow young people to explore mental health issues through creative mediums they are already interested in and engaged with,” Ms Skehan said.
For more information and ticket sales, visit Lizottes or phone 4956 2066.