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The Rock-itt : May 2010
Six bands, one night, and $33,000 of prizes: the Easter long weekend got off to an exciting start with the final of the Northern Composure band competition. The past few heats at YOYO's Youth Centre attracted such a huge crowd of young music fans that Thursday night's final was held at a larger venue, Cromer Community Centre. The night kicked off with hardcore five-piece, My City Screams, who had the crowd psyched up and dancing within minutes. Their mix of electronica, synthesised vocals, a double kick drum and hardcore vocals was an ambitious and impressive musical experiment. First prize was taken by Seek the Silence, who pumped out punk and ska beats with energy and enthusiasm. Blistering solos and a classic Foo Fighters cover had both the judges and the audience won over in no time. The boys covered a diverse range of music with no qualms about genre, playing an professional and captivating set. Taking out second place was the Driftwood Theory, whose explosive hardcore show had every crowd- member mesmerised. Their energy was almost tangible; they jumped up and hurled themselves around the stage as if they were possessed by some demonic force. There was no denying the superb talent of the guitarists as they shredded on and on, while the kick drum had all hearts beating along to the rapid-fire tempo. Outstanding vocals and killer hooks from Standing Silence scored the four-piece punk-rockers third prize. Lead singer, Bec, was the only female band-member in the final, but she took it in her stride and performed with complete confidence. Recently formed Forest band, Never Ending Crisis, proved that it pays to please the crowd, taking away the Audience Choice Award after being voted into the final by the crowd in the first heat. The band were indefatigable: after dancing like mad through their fellow competitors' sets, they still pumped out raw,