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The Rock-itt : April 2010
HEAT 1 Northern Composure Band Competition Friday 5 March Hardcore two-stepping, wall-to-wall circle pits, heady Spanish guitar solos and a sugar-sweet songstress covering Dancing In The Dark: all in a night's entertainment for the opening of Northern Composure 2010. The annual band competition is off to an exciting start, with Friday night's diversely talented first heat setting the bar high for the coming weeks. Four Litre Friday opened the night with energetic power-punk that got the crowd jumping from the first slamming riff. Solid harmonies and power chords combined to belt out the raw, youthful spirit of punk. Sans Frontieres then brought a distinctly Australian pub-rock sound to the stage, despite their French name. Bluesy riffs, solid solos and plenty of catchy 'do-do-dos' quickly make the trio crowd-pleasers. Heart-rates were decimated when local hardcore outfit, Never Ending Crisis, set the bass drum to rapid- fire and threw themselves into a chaotic set of thumping riffs and distortion. Crisis had the audience's vote in the bag before they played a single note, with a mob of young supporters revelling in the sheer volume and madness the boys generated. Bravely contrasting this wall of sound were duo Jaimi & Ziggy, who cooled down the crowd with laidback acoustic guitar and sugar-sweet vocals. Jaimi's infectious girl-next- door smile took her through some Bruce Springsteen and Beatles classics and country-inspired originals. Ziggy's surprise flamenco talent had the crowd mesmerised in a gypsy trance. The judges' vote was snatched up by Seek The Silence, who emanated old-school punk rock with confidence and energy. In an impressively well-polished set, the boys moved smoothly between pop- punk anthems, ska-inspired riffs, classic shredding solos and compelling harmonies. It was all about vibe, enthusiasm, and getting as many heads banging as possible. And, of course, there was the awe- inspiring, behind-the-head guitar solo to cement a place in the final on April 1. C.O.F.F.I.N. shook the final crowd through to their core with massive distortion and a raw, relentless wall of sound. Layers of angry riffs and anti-establishment lyrics built up an atmosphere of madness. The band amused themselves with on-stage antics - swinging guitars and dress- ups with some lingerie air-mailed from loyal supporters in the crowd. With Never Ending Crisis and Seek The Silence locked into final spots, the next two heats have a high standard to meet in what promises to be an explosive competition between the Northern Beaches' most talented young bands. Heat 2 -- Northern Composure Band Comp Friday 12 March 2010 Frenchs Forest turned up the volume on Friday night with the help of explosive local talent from this year's young Northern Composure band competition. Winners of the judges' vote were The Driftwood Theory, described as