by Greta Yeoman
It was a battle of the bands when Smokefree Rockquest rolled into town last Friday.
The annual high school music competition was held at Timaru’s Theatre Royal.
Geraldine High School’s Pseudo Sane won the Timaru regional competition for the third year in a row.
The Geraldine band now has its third shot at making it into the finals, having made 12-minute performance videos for the past two years as part of the second stage of the national competition.
Psuedo Sane had twice made it into the Top 30 bands, which are selected from videos supplied by each region’s top two acts of both the solo/duo and band categories.
The top nine bands and solo/duos from the Top 30 go into the national finals.
Acts that place first or second in either category during the regional finals are able to make a video.
Opihi College band ALRM, made up of Reef Brazendale, Allicia Kelly, Matt Anso and Luke Smith, placed second in the competition. It was the first time the four-piece had entered Rockquest together as Allicia was in a different band last year.
Band frontman Reef Brazendale also claimed the Mainz musicianship award and the full ALRM contingent won the Style Award.
Their fellow Opihi College pupil Megan Calder placed first in the solo/duo section, followed by Roncalli College duo Claws, made up of Alice Styles and Carl Webber in second place.
The Roncalli duo had previously told The Couriertheir 2017 second-place success had come after little rehearsal time and they had hoped to repeat the achievement – which they did, also winning the Apra lyric writers’ award for their song Dandelion
Fellow Roncalli College pupils Neve O’Connor and Billy Cook, who performed as duo Nokit, claimed the people’s choice and best song awards while Ashburton College vocalist Jack Bubb, of band Redwall, won the best vocals award.