Persistence pays off as Drawcard make iTunes rock chart

BEING in an upcoming band has its highs and lows but this week was a definite high for the boys from Drawcard.

While they considered it wishful thinking, the band's latest EP, Goons LTD, has made its mark on the iTunes rock chart.

Singer Paul Durkin said he was shocked to see the band's name appear at number six on the chart along with Foo Fighters, INXS and Fleetwood Mac.

"We were stoked. Over the weekend we hit number six and stayed there a few days," Durkin said.

"The boys were sceptical about getting into the charts but I thought if we worked hard enough and got everyone to rally behind us it would work."

The Sunshine Coast-based band started in 2005 and has been playing ever since.

HITTING THE HEIGHTS: Drawcard shocked even themselves by reaching No 6 on the iTunes rock chart.
HITTING THE HEIGHTS: Drawcard shocked even themselves by reaching No 6 on the iTunes rock chart. Contributed

While gig life hasn't always been easy it's led to the chance to share the stage with the Dead Kennedys, Taking Back Sunday, Unwritten Law and Parkway Drive.

"It's not an easy slog being in an emerging band. We've been lucky to support a lot of our influences," he said.

"When we started on the Coast it was good. We were young tackers having a crack and played things like the Yandina Street Fair and Monster Truck Shows and venues that would have us."

He said the Sunshine Coast had improved a lot when it came to embracing and promoting local bands.

"The Coast is really good at the moment, there's a lot of live music venues. Sol Bar is probably one of the leading ones," he said.

Drawcard play with Dallas Frasca at Sol Bar tomorrow night from 9pm, entry $15. For more info visit http://www.drawcard.net.