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The Rock-itt : April 2012
With incredible force, the band kept the audience excited by demanding a mosh-pit and switching between an Offspring-like essence and a more alternative rock style. Heat 3 16th March Review by Cameron Barnett The third and final heat of the Northern Composure Band Competition made it clear that without a doubt Sydney’s Northern Beaches are a hub for talented young musicians. In a blaze of smoke, strobe lights and squeals Inertia certainly kick-started the evening. Immense, chunky riffs and unrelenting noise got the crowd writhing with excitement, and everything about the band screamed pure, unadulterated hardcore metal. By comparison The Lower Pluto seemed a bit more subdued. However, the band’s shimmering guitar sounds, chiming piano chords and m ulti-instrumental talents were no less well-received by the audience. Their cover of a Jose Gonzales tune served as a particular highlight. Speaking of covers, North of the Bends could certainly give the Arctic Monkeys a run for their money. A selection of flawless renditions together with some catchy original tunes made for a hugely entertaining set from these young talents. Itchy Lighthouse kept the momentum going with their brand of tight, poppy and very danceable music. Sweet vocal harmonies, rapid- fire drumming and a rousing refrain of “shut up and kiss me!” secured them as a very clever and capable trio of young professionals. Chequered shirts and growling vocals initially made Black Manta seem like a band of grunge revivalists. However, they proved to be m uch more than that with their impressive jamming and admirable song-craft. The band’s hilarious version of the soul classic “Stand By Me” also showed that they knew how to entertain a crowd. The final band of the evening Deceastwood were a non- competitive entry and simply wanted to play for the experience. This was a shame as their strong, powerful vocals and tight playing meant that they could have been in with a chance! The intense Inertia were the recipients of the People’s Choice award, with the nifty Itchy Lighthouse getting the judge’s seal of approval. These two bands will join Lost Trolleys, Addicted Personality, Anchors of Tortuga and Hailstone in the final bid for the top prizes and accolades on Friday 30 March. The Finals The finals of the 2012 Northern Composure Band Competition saw six of the best young groups on the Northern Beaches provide a fantastic night of live music entertainment. The atmosphere was tense but exciting as each band battled it out for the top spot – not to mention a share in the highly sought-after prize pool. Crowd favourites Anchors of Tortuga opened the night with their brand of sweet, powerful melodies. The guitar trio’s refreshing sound and catchy choruses grabbed everyone’s attention, and the playing of lead guitarist Aaron James was nothing short of astounding. The fresh-faced Hailstone came to put on a spectacular live show, and they did not disappoint. The crowd went wild for their sing-along tunes and stupendous guitar work, and their set was one of non-stop entertainment. Inertia’s performance was punishing, relentless and brutal. The hardcore six-piece hamm ered out a mix of thunderous metal riffage and hellish vocals that were as cathartic as they were extreme. In turn, the audience were transformed into a mass of writhing insanity. Addicted Personality showed themselves to be tight, cool and very professional. Honeyed vocals, crisp guitar playing and nifty brass interludes ensured that both audience and the judges were suitably impressed. Lost Trolleys had the crowd enraptured as they gave a huge performance on the night. The lead singer’s earthy voice led the foursome through some memorable tunes, culminating in an enjoyable, powerful set. The indie-dance mayhem of Itchy Lighthouse provided a joyously up- beat close to the competition. Clever wordplay and rapid-fire guitar play secured the trio as a seriously entertaining prospect. After a wealth of anticipation, the winners of the 2012 Northern Composure Band Competition were finally announced. Inertia won the Audience Choice Award, and Addicted Personality snagged the Judges’ Choice Award. Congratulations to both these bands! The prizes they received will go towards helping them on their way to further greatness and professionalism. Credit and praise is also due to all the other bands, sponsors and volunteers who made this entertaining showcase of talent such a success! Addicted Personality Judges’ Choice Award KAATO Itchy Lighthouse Itchy Lighthouse Addicted Personality Judges’ Choice Award Black Manta