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The Rock-itt : June 2010
Manly Marvels band competition is hosted by A Red Letter Day Event Management who have recently been very active in running a number of big band competitions around Sydney. They have had no problem attracting many talented bands from all over NSW to compete by using active on-line social networking sites as their method of promotion. The prizes on offer for first prize is a full day's recording with editing, mixdown and mastering by Al Craig, worth $1000 courtesy of Black Inc Recorders (www.blackinc.com.au) and a Band Start Up package worth $1750 from Perfect Pitch (www.perfectpitch.com.au). Bands placed first, second and third also win a Vocal workshop with Roxanne Kiely, vocal coach to many stars including Sarah Blasko and Deltra Goodrem. Tonight is the second last heat of a series of six heats being held every Tuesday night at the Fisho's. The competition will see over 30 bands battling it out for major prizes on offer. Last week we saw an amazing three piece band who had driven all the way from Coffs Harbour by the name of Hotels on Mayfair, with a singer/guitarist who looked like a long lost Jimmy Hendrix blowing us all away with his amazing musicianship and vocal ability take out that week's heat. Tonight's heat featured five bands. A decent sized crowd were there to witness and encourage the proceedings. First up was Snake Tide who impressed us with their well written and constructed rock songs with a vocalist who's style was kind of like Damien Lovelock from the Celibate Rifles meets Peter Garrett of Midnight Oil. They had lots of rockin' riffs and changes with lots of punch to groove to. Next up were Berkely Hill from Newcastle whose lead guitarist played and looked like Malcolm Young from AC/DC. They hit us hard with their competent hard pop/rock sound which seemed to range from early REM to AC/DC influences. Is it Her are a seasoned Northern Beaches band whose members would be the youngest in age on the night. These guys played with maturity well beyond their years and are a very tight three piece outfit with all members equal to the task. Their style reflected influences of The Police meets Spy V Spy, with their songs showing lots of dynamics and big guitar solos. This band has toughened their sound since I last saw them and they can only go from strength to strength. No Right Turns from Hornsby For photos of events covered by Dave visit www.myspace.com/davetozerphotos