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The Rock-itt : April 2012
Northern Composure Band Comp Heat 1 2nd March Review by Cameron Barnett Wild, eclectic and thoroughly entertaining – just a few words to describe Heat 1 of the 2012 Northern Composure Band Competition which kicked off at Yoyo’s last Friday night. Strive for Normality had the tough task of playing first but they certainly rose to the challenge. Their fiery brand of hardcore punk got the crowd grinning and head-banging, and their lively onstage antics made them a hugely entertaining opening act. With low-slung guitars and baggy shirts, Forever Ends Here bought the spirit of pop-punk with them . A few well-chosen covers (Blink-182! Smash Mouth!) got everybody chanting along, and their original tunes were just as catchy. Guitar trio Anchors of Tortuga may have looked unconventional onstage but the crowd went absolutely nuts for them. Soaring guitar solos, clever lyrics and a clean-cut look secured the threesom e as a group of serious quality. Surely the youngest of the pack, Microchiefs also had the distinction of having the night’s only female lead singer. Her voice was pretty good too – she led the band through some stellar cover versions ranging from Adele to David Guetta and even some Kings of Leon. The tight, stylish and sophisticated Addicted Personality shook things up with their brand of laid-back jazzy funk. Featuring trumpet, saxophone and some smooth sunny vocals, the band oozed personality and the crowd loved them for it – particularly the ladies! KAATO were the last band of the night – and certainly the loudest! Their energy was relentless as they thundered their way through some seriously hardcore metal. The singer went seamlessly between whispering and roaring, and the rest of the band were just blurs of hair and drumsticks for their entire set. Every band was very exciting and the competition for the top spots was fierce. Anchors of Tortuga won the People’s Choice, while Addicted Personality impressed the judges the most. Heat 2 9th March Review by Lauren Gravas Playing a guitar upside down is no easy feat, but as the guitarist from Hailstone discovered last Friday it’s a real crowd pleaser when you can play it behind your head at the same tim e. First up and opening the show, Hailstone walked away with People’s Choice after a dynamic performance that flooded the jam-packed YOYO’s Youth Centre. The amazing turnout of supporters and music lovers cheered and called out to their friends as the band’s confident, distinguished vocals surrounded a strong presence from the guitarist and bassist, as well as a talented, harmonica-playing drummer. Gifted and completely original Lost Trolleys ignited the stage with their original rock songs and popular covers, resulting in their selection by the judges as the winner of Heat 2. With smoke billowing up from the fog machines, the room had a fantastic atmosphere only made better by Lost Trolleys impeccable voice projection and accentuating percussion. Mesmerizing the audience, the bold band did an excellent job showing off their unique sound and exc eptional talent. Revilo Flats, a collaboration of four talented musicians brimming with confidence and style, embraced a Red Hot Chili Peppers influence to pump up their audience. The guitar riffs in their original songs were catchy, the mellow lead singer was excellent and the drum solos rocked the entire hall. Audience members swarmed the band to be closer to these modest, likeable and stylish musicians with their captivating, rhythmic sound. In a crash of upbeat songs Fuzzi Logic took the stage with an air of effortlessness demonstrating their excellent vocal range. The band radiated under the strobe light with their unique, soothing style as their mass of supporters pushed toward the stage and clapped excitedly. Incorporating a vibrating bass and prominent guitar riffs, the band’s well- written original songs bounced around the room, ending their outstanding turn with the lead singer taking his shirt off for the crowd. In an epic eruption of snare drums Solarflare received a big audience reaction, closing the show with memorable guitar solos, catchy riffs and quality vocals. For a flawless cover of MGMT’s ‘Kids’, their talented drummer took the mic and delivered an exciting and popular segment. Crowd f avourites 'Anchor s of Tortuga'