Local band fires up

CAN PLAY: Ipswich band What the Naff will perform at Studio 188, McLean Eleison, Thomas Doherty, Bryce Paul and Jackson Paul.
CAN PLAY: Ipswich band What the Naff will perform at Studio 188, McLean Eleison, Thomas Doherty, Bryce Paul and Jackson Paul. Rob Williams

IPSWICH four-piece What the Naff is wasting no time working up their repertoire in time for their first headlining gig at Studio 188.

Despite having only settled on their current line-up six months ago, the lads have been jamming away regularly in their Yamanto practice shed and also playing plenty of gigs.

Among the live shows they have done already was a support for Justice Crew at the Ipswich Show earlier this year.

Up to now the band has favoured a sprinkling of classic rock covers in among a few original songs, however drummer Bryce Paul said the quartet was determined to write material.

"We would like to write enough of our own songs to have a full set-list," he said. "Covers are fun, but you get to that point where you want to play your own music."

All former St Edmund's students, Bryce is the oldest member at 21, with guitarist McLean Eleison, bassist Jackson Paul and keyboard player and lead singer Thomas Doherty all 18.

Their band name is centred on a word that they started using to replace an expletive.

The support for Justice Crew was their first proper gig and one that had them feeling the butterflies - although it turned out well. "It was awesome," Doherty said. Since then, What the Naff performed at the Relay for Life fundraiser.

They will head a list of three acts to perform at Studio 188 this Friday, August 8.

Supporting What the Naff will be Worlds Away and Adam Spain-Mostina.

For more on What the Naff, look them up on Facebook or email

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