Bands chase London gig

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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.

Ga­lac­tic Acid

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