Warrnambool school group hits national radio airwaves

Emmanuel College band Say Please is causing more than a ripple with the single Waves on ABC youth radio triple j.

Emmanuel College band Say Please is causing more than a ripple with the single Waves on ABC youth radio triple j.

WARRNAMBOOL band Say Please are the latest south-west act to get one of their songs played on national youth broadcaster triple j, and deservedly so.

Their track Waves, recorded as part of the Kool Skools project, was aired last week on triple j’s breakfast program.

The anthemic pop-rock tune, propelled by some manic drumming from Eli Slater and singer Angela Kenna’s effortlessly catchy melodies, is #18 on the station’s overall Unearthed chart.

It’s also #3 on the Unearthed High competition chart, which is triple j’s high school band contest, as well as being #2 on the dance chart, #4 on the pop chart and #3 on the indie chart.

Say Please comprises Kenna, Slater, bassist Max Bysouth, guitarist Lachlan Massey-Slee and keyboardist Tim McLeod, who are students at Warrnambool College and Emmanuel College.

Waves has been attracting attention from triple j staff, with station manager Chris Scaddan calling it a “cool song” in his review and Warrnambool export and breakfast show host Alex Dyson giving it four stars for its “powerful chorus” and “driving drums”, while weekend breakfast presenter Kyran Wheatley called it “ace”, highlighting the “awesome” drumming from Slater and Massey-Slee’s guitar sounds.

The track is featured on the Kool Skools compilation Backyards, which was launched at the Lighthouse Theatre in Warrnambool last month.

Kenna also features on another track that’s doing well on the Unearthed charts — Warrnambool hip hop team-up Jacob ‘Vijilantee’ Pugh and Cooper Lower’s tune Where Do You Go? has guest vocals from Kenna and it’s sitting at #64 on the overall chart and #8 on the hip hop chart.

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