Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Mackay Boy Rocks Hard Heavy Metal Singer Returns to City of His Birth

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Mackay Boy Rocks Hard Heavy Metal Singer Returns to City of His Birth

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Byline: Fallon Hudson fallon.hudson@dailymercury.com.au

DEAD Letter Opener front man Mick Millard used to lock himself in his wardrobe to practise his screaming technique.

aIt was pretty tough, I locked myself in a wardrobe away from everybody and just screamed where I recorded my voice and played it back.

aIt was something I definitely had to work at. You have to make it sound as brutal as possible.

aBefore this, I was always in the background playing bass, never the front man and that has been a challenge.a

Millard, who grew up in Mackay and attended Emmanuel Catholic Primary School and Holy Spirit College, has come a long way from his conservative start to performing with Brisbane heavy metal outfit Dead Letter Opener.

aI had a conservative start,a he joked.

aIt was my best friend at school who introduced me to heavy metal and it was funny because his mother was very religious.

aI still ring him to let him know we supported some of the bands we grew up listening to.a

The band that formed in 2007 will be in Mackay tomorrow night at the CBD Hotel performing the tracks from their album Lumen that was released last year.

Joining them will be other heavy metal bands Anhedonia, Hammer Persuasion and Paper Idol.

aI am coming back to my old stomping ground.

aI played in a lot of cover bands in Mackay about 10 years ago; I performed with Miss Jane where we made it on to Triple J's Unearthed along with another band Brutally Frank where we would play at the CBD Hotel.

aI am a country boy at heart.a

Dead Letter Opener comprises Millard, who is the bassist, keyboardist and vocalist, along with guitarist Chris Lait and drummer Richie Young.

The trio met while Lait and Millard were studying music technology at university and were working in a recording studio.

aWe were sick of recording jazz and classical and we ran into Richie and we asked him if he like heavy metal and he started listing off all his favourite bands. …

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