The Ewell-based band Dyslexic Graffiti secured their first gig at the Scream Lounge in Croydon. They were one of two bands supporting Nylon Ostrich, who were playing the venue as part of a home-coming tour.

The band consists of four students from Ewell Castle School, who share a love of punk rock anthems. What is most impressive about this band is the amount of skill found in such a young band; guitarist Louis Bramwells and drummer Max Hawkins are in the midst of taking their GCSEs, and bassist Dyka Sudaryanto and singer Louis Tait are taking their A-Levels.

I spoke to Louis Tait after hearing that they were going to play a gig for the first time. He said: “Every opportunity is great. We’re supporting a great band as well, so it should be a lot of fun.”

There was no doubting the confidence of the band, despite their age and performing to a crowd of over 100 people. They performed covers of ‘Basket Case’ by Green Day, ‘The Middle’ by Jimmy Eat World and ‘Californication’ by Red Hot Chilli Peppers, which certainly got the crowd going. They also performed two of their own songs: ‘Lies’ and, what was undoubtedly their most popular song, ‘War Machines’, with a heavy bass and entrancing rhythm.

I managed to catch a word with guitarist and lead vocalist of Nylon Ostrich, Guy Lancefield. He had this to say about Dyslexic Graffiti’s debut performance: “They’re a good young band. They’ve got a lot of energy on stage, it was really good to see them getting the crowd going, and I think that if they keep practising and keep going they’ll do pretty well for themselves.”

Of course, with exam season starting their focus has switched to their education. However, the band have told me that they potentially have another gig on the horizon in Camden, and that they have been in contact with record companies to possibly record some of their songs.

Chris Stevens, Ewell Castle School