Bands chase London gig
Gold Coast band Verusive hope to win their way to a gig in London LAYING Hard Rock Calling in London with Bruce Springsteen would be a dream come true for Gold Coast band Verusive.
But that dream could well become a reality, with the commercial hard rock five-piece taking out the crown at the Hard Rock Rising finals in Sydney.
Judges Dave Faulkner, from Hoodoo Gurus, Chris Moss, from Entertainment Marketing Group, and Tim Mclean, from Sony Music, chose Verusive as the final winner over three Sydney bands.
Verusive are now in the running in the international competition, along with Hard Rock Surfers Paradise final winners Galactic Acid.
The overall winners will fly to London for some serious rock star treatment and the chance to play Hard Rock Calling – a three-day festival at Hyde Park starring Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band.
With online voting open to the public until Wednesday, Verusive guitarist and songwriter Corey De Luka says winning the competition would be a dream come true for the whole band.
‘‘It would be a life-changing experience. To get up on that stage and play in front of all those people would be amazing,’’ he says.
De Luka says the band’s high-energy live show is what has got them so far .
De Luka says the group is working on its debut album, which it hopes to release later this year.
‘‘We have heaps of material and are working with a great producer, so we just have to work out what will make the cut,’’ he says.
As for heavy-metal band Galactic Acid, judges told singer Danielle Jade Harvey the band had won the Surfers Paradise competition ‘‘hands down’’. ‘‘We had been hanging out a lot as a band and really practising for the gig,’’ Harvey says.
‘‘We are big fans of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, so it would be a crazy experience and our first tour.’’
Visit the Hard Rock Cafe Sydney Facebook page before Wednesday to vote for Verusive and Galactic Acid in the Hard Rock Rising competition. Verusive play Surfers Paradise Beergarden on April 26 and Runaway Bay Tavern on April 28. Galactic Acid play Miami Tavern on April 27.