“We were just teenagers when we started playing together in our parent’s garages in the Sydney suburbs,” smiles Tonight Alive frontwoman Jenna McDougall.
A little bit older and a whole world wiser, today Tonight Alive are a band brimming with energy onstage and off – bursting with stories from the road and with a lust for life that overflows into their lyrics, their music and their explosive live shows. Today they’re a family so close-knit that it seems almost unthinkable that there was a time when the band didn’t know each other, but as guitarist Jake Hardy explains it was a mutual passion for music that caused the members to gravitate towards each other through their local scene, and ultimately brought the band that we know today together:
“Myself and our bassist Cam [Adler] were in a band together when we were at high school, we were mostly covering tunes from other bands that we were into. Through mutual friends we met Whakaio and asked him to join the band on keys and guitar. That’s when we started getting more serious. We started writing our own songs but we still needed a committed vocalist and drummer.”
On the other side of town, Jenna McDougall was playing her own acoustic shows – inadvertently putting in the groundwork that would lead her to front Australia’s most exciting young band.