THE North-West trio Lyke Giants farewelled 2012 with a live gig at Falls and sent a resounding message to their fans in 2013 that their time is here, with the release of an 11-track album Fires Thieving Time.
Success has followed success in the short two years the band has played together.
They teamed with Australian music producer Paul McKercher (Eskimo Joe, Sarah Blasko) for six songs, and caught the interest of international female recorder Sylvia Maffy (Tool, System of a Down) who contacted them over the internet and said she wanted to record an album with them.
Drummer Luke Thomson said the live music scene and social media played a big role in Lyke Giants successes, and were crucial to any band's development.
"The live music scene is massively important, it is the biggest thing for bands," Thomson said.
"It definitely has its place because not only does it keep you on you toes ... it draws up a local fan base and you get people turning up to shows who really support you.
"We get more people stopping and taking notice and listening to the music itself.
"It is great to get to know other bands as well. I would easily drive down to Launceston or Hobart to see bands I don't know.
"It is a good test, to see how good they are and to see how they hold themselves in a live environment."
Thomson said the band had played at venues in Burnie, Devonport, Launceston and Hobart, which were all very supportive of live music.
"It is on the rise," he said. "There are a lot more people getting more into live music."