Hip-hop duo tops charts
AN Ipswich hip hop duo is taking national airwaves by storm after only properly forming a month ago.
Brendan O'Reilly, 18, and Alex Stewart, 20, created the group Alex Jay & Brundles after crossing paths in a Springfield share house.
After quickly realising they shared a love of music, Alex started laying down some beats for Brendan to rap over.
Within a matter of weeks they'd created their first song, Cycle of Life.
The song was submitted to national radio station Triple J's Unearthed competition and is currently on top of the hip hop and overall charts.
Even more surprising for the boys is that their other release, Thrill is Gone, has shot to number two on the charts.
The chart ratings are based on audience activity and reviews.
Alex said he and Brendan were humbled by the popularity of their two tracks which, despite their high quality, were both produced at low cost, with home computer software.
"We moved into the same house and figured out we both liked music," Alex said.
"I recorded a track and Brendan liked it and that's what started Cycle of Life."
The wheels are gathering speed quickly for the duo, which has been confirmed as the support for Sydney's MC Kerser at the Prince of Wales Hotel in March.
"We are proud to be from Ipswich - we want to put it on the map," Alex said, noting the majority of more than 1000 Facebook friends of the group were from their home town.
They will play some more local gigs in the lead up to the big one in Brisbane.
Also on the cards is more writing and recording, including the production of a film clip to their new song, Walk With Us - a song about depression.
"My biggest personal influence is Eminem - just for the way he tells a story. I don't think anyone is as good lyrically as he is," Brendan said.