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The Rock-itt : April 2010
'putting the extra hard into hardcore'. There was indeed nothing soft or simple about the local metal five-piece, who sent shock-waves throughout the Yoyo's Community Centre with their furiously powerful sound. Screaming vocals haunted the seemingly relentless riffs from two highly talented guitarists. Fingers shredded frets as though their owners were possessed by some higher beast, while the pounding drums soldier on like a machine gun on automatic fire. The band presented a well-rehearsed on-stage spectacle: on-the-spot running, lunging and jumping with such energy that it could no doubt rival a professional sports training night. Fans imitated the manic movements of the performers as though hypnotised. Fellow hardcore acts, Stories and Heartless, provided the crowd with even more adrenalin and chest pounding. Stories' lead singer threw himself into rasping choruses as though he had a vendetta against his vocal cords. Heartless had the crowd revelling in the chaos of a double kick drum and thick distortion. Despite all the explosive rage that fuelled the music, there was a grin on the face of every young band-member, enjoying the opportunity to play loud and live to a local crowd. Young starters, Recording All, threw a bit of variety into the mix with some catchy pop-punk anthems. The trio brought along their own flock of young fans, who went positively wild over the boys with their classic spray-on skinny jeans and immaculate sweeping fringes. By far the youngest of the bands and supporters, Recording All had no qualms about performing for a jam-packed crowd that had just devoured the hardcore mayhem of the Driftwood Theory. Delivering punchy lyrics and stick-in-your-head melodies, the boys were brimming with energy and enthusiasm. The opening set from Sideshow Alley got the crowd psyched up with fun punk-rock melodies and impressive solos. Parapluie lightened up the night with a psychedelic edge and wacky outfits: silky clown suits, 1970's curtain- fabric blazers, and funky synthesiser lines. The crowd danced their way out of the heavy-metal mindset and into a new dimension of crazy ska- inspired rock. Attracting such a large and dedicated group of young music fans is a great sign for the local music scene. Competitions like Northern Composure are important outlets for up-and-coming musicians to put their skills into practice and experience the thrills of live music. The third and final heat will be on next Friday, 19 March. Heat 3 Northern Composure Band Competition -- Friday 19 March A sailor bear in a tracksuit belts on the keyboard as a blonde, blood- stained nurse sings about funk and plays tambourine. A gas-mask-clad drummer keeps the beat alive beneath slap-bass riffs and jazzy trumpet lines from a sparkly pink elf. This is no fantasy; it is the awesome spectacle of Banditos of Funk, one of six local bands who took the stage in Friday night's final heat in the Northern Composure band competition. The evening opened with Consume The Masses, who lived up to their destructive name with a set of screamers that left both the band and the crowd hoarse. The local metalcore outfit proved to be masters of dynamics, balancing harsh vocals with melodic interludes and gutsy riffs. Trio Is It Her decided to sacrifice subtlety and let the audience know exactly what they wanted: picking a lucky crowd-member to help them sing their aptly titled song, 'Vote for Us'. The boys serenaded the audience with soaring melodies and time-perfected guitar solos with impressive confidence and composure. A Macbook, a vocal synthesiser and the biggest drum kit in the competition proved that My City Screams were more than just another hardcore band. With enough energy to blow the roof off the youth centre, the five-piece tore their way from electronica to hardcore metal and back again. After transforming popular electro hit 'Show Me Love' into a creative musical collage of distortion, screams, melody and techno beats, My City Screams were voted into the final by a thrilled audience. Acoustic duo Water Under The Bridge wound down the pulse of the crowd with sweet yearning melodies of young love and heartache. The two guitarists complemented each other perfectly, providing harmonies that had the crowd swaying with their Generation-Y lighters: lit-up mobile phones. Wrapping up the night was Standing Silence, a pop-punk band with the rare asset of a talented and powerful female singer. Belting out addictive melodies and solid riffs, their captivating set made you wish you only knew the words to sing along. Doing anything but standing silent, the four-piece delivered a high energy performance that won them the last spot in the final. Cromer Community Centre will host the final for this year's Northern Composure competition on Thursday, April 1. Friday night's winners will join Seek The Silence, Never Ending Crisis, The Driftwood Theory and Recording All in what promises to be an entertaining contest between a group of talented young musicians.