Rocking up charts

FOSTER band Rockenspiele has topped the Triple J Unearthed punk charts with its song Leaving and their tune Rocketship reached number two.

The bubble punk trio is made up of three high school chicks from Foster: Kate Facey, 15 and the Barker sisters, Maddie, 15 and Taliya, 14.

Not only have they found themselves at the top of the punk chart, but in the top 10 on the overall unearthed chart.

Band mates: Taliya Barker, Kate Facey and Maddie Barker were the victors.

Band mates: Taliya Barker, Kate Facey and Maddie Barker were the victors.

The girls have entered the cult Triple J competition Unearthed High for the second time and have recently finished recording their first EP.

Their songs have proved popular in this year’s competition, resulting in airplay and an interview with radio announcer Rosie Beaton.

“That was pretty surreal. We grew up listening to Rosie and hearing her interviewing great bands, so it was amazing to be in that situation,” Maddie said.

The girls have been playing as Rockenspiele for around two years.

“When the competition started, we went to every single class and asked them to start an account and listen to our song and then we did the same again with our second song,” Maddie said.

While the band has been doing well, Kate hopes the people running the competition are looking for something a little unusual.

“One of our strengths is we are different. We are really original and definitely not indie. We also hope they are looking for potential as well,” she said.

Maddie said they are excited the band San Cisco will visit their school, South Gippsland Secondary College, if Rockenspiele wins the contest.

For the girls, who recently placed first in the Leongatha heat of the Battle of the Bands, their immediate aim is to release their EP.

“It is currently being mastered and we need to get the artwork done. We hope to have it released in the next two months,” Maddie said.

Kate said the album will be available online, at gigs and downloadable from iTunes.

“If we do get big, we don’t want to become obnoxious. There is no better feeling than having a band reply to a message,” she said.

Rockenspiele also hopes to win a place at the Queenscliff Music Festival in November.

“It would be cool if we could play there among other amazing bands like The Living End, Spiderbait and The Grates,” Maddie said.

“People often tell us we sound a bit like Spiderbait’s older stuff.”

Kate added: “And people tell us if The Living End were girls, we would sound like them too.

“I think we really just want to get out there and play more gigs.”

To hear Rockenspiele’s latest tracks, head to triplejunearthed.com.au. They will also be playing in the Battle of the Bands competition in Bairnsdale on October 11.

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