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It's almost over as Gladstone band plays last set

Epidemic...Over will be performing their last gig at the El Grande Festival in Gladstone on Saturday.
Epidemic...Over will be performing their last gig at the El Grande Festival in Gladstone on Saturday. Contributed

COULD it be over for Epidemic…Over? The Gladstone-based band boasts 10 years experience in the industry, with four of those performing together.

Now the group will be celebrating years of memorable moments as they go out with a bang at the Grand Hotel's El Grande Festival on Saturday.

The four-piece alternative/heavy rock band has three EPs to date and consists of Nathan Beford (lead vocalist), Ben Castles (guitar), Scott Rogers (bass) and Matt Green (drums).

This Saturday the band will perform together for what is set to be their last time.

Ben said together they had been in the band scene for a while.

"We're not breaking up on bad terms," he said. "And we're not ruling out it will never happen again, but we've reached a different point in our lives where we want to pursue something else."

The guys, who all have full-time jobs amongst band performances and rehearsals, feel a change in lifestyle is next on the cards.

Ben said it's not like they would pack up their gear and never play again.

"We're all nearly 30. We've done this for six years and played together for four. That's longer than most relationships," he said.

Amidst the band-life Ben works full time as a fitter and turner at Queensland Alumina Limited.

"Being in a band doesn't really pay the bills," he said. "We all have full-time jobs."

The boys spent majority of their teen years in Gladstone.

Ben said Nath and himself played in bands in high school.

"And Scott used to play in a Gladstone band and Matt's my cousin," he added.

We're all nearly 30. We've done this for six years and played together for four. That's longer than most relationships

Since they started, the guys managed to fit in work with rehearsals and touring.

"We rehearse in the afternoons and you just have to learn not to push your boundaries. It all comes down to planning."

The skilled guitarist credits bands like Carnivore and Butterfly Effect with giving inspiration.

"They're big influences on me," he said.

But when explaining the band's music, Ben said they were generally heavy rock.

"That covers a very broad spectrum, but we fit somewhere in there."

For now, the group of mates are looking forward to their final performance in front a home crowd.

"It's pretty cool to finish this chapter at home at a decent event.

"Hopefully it's pretty packed and hopefully we won't make too may people cry," Ben laughed.

When asked if he will shed some tears, Ben said probably not, but their manager Tim Price may.

"I think when we told him he cried," he said.

Their last gig will be a big event for the guys who seem keen to remember all their great moments.

"It's more of a celebration. A celebration of everything we've done," Ben said.

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