Head­room has fin­gers crossed on na­tion­als

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By CATRIN OWEN

Four 14-year-old boys won the Auck­land Cen­tral re­gional com­pe­ti­tion of this year’s Smoke­free­rock­quest.

The band, Head­room, from Western Springs Col­lege, is now hop­ing to make the na­tional fi­nal.

Head­room bat­tled 11 other cen­tral Auck­land bands at the Dorothy Win­stone Cen­tre last month.

Lead gui­tarist Theo Salmon was sur­prised with the re­sult.

‘‘We com­peted last year, but didn’t do to well so it was a real sur­prise this year,’’ he says.

The year 10 boys have been play­ing to­gether in their al­ter­na­tive rock band since in­ter­me­di­ate school.

All four help write the group’s orig­i­nal songs.

The other mem­bers are Fin­ley Parker on bass, Isaac Keat­ing on drums and Louis Gra­ham on rhythm gui­tar.

Salmon says they are not lim- ited to these in­stru­ments.

‘‘Isaac used to play keys for the band but he now plays drums and he’s never had a les­son be­fore.

‘‘Louis’ main in­stru­ment is the flute and he also plays the sax­o­phone some­times for the band.’’

As win­ners of the re­gional fi­nals, they had to put to­gether a video of a 15-minute live per­for­mance which will be judged in Au­gust.

If the video wins the judges’ ap­proval, the boys will be in­vited to play at the na­tional fi­nal in Septem­ber.

Salmon is stoked to have made it this far.

‘‘We’re only in year 10, so we’ve still got three more years to com­pete.

‘‘It’s all about tak­ing part and learn­ing as a band,’’ he says.

Salmon hopes to take the band from prac­tic­ing in their par­ents’ liv­ing rooms to tour­ing Aus­tralia.

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