Headroom has fingers crossed on nationals
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.