Dates clash for rock­ers

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By ALAS­TAIR LYNN

HOST Club are through to the Smoke­free Rock­quest re­gion­als but their dates for the school ball aren’t pleased.

The West­ern Springs Col­lege rock­ers will have to blitz through their set on June 12 and rush to make it to their ball, which falls on the same night.

Front man Finn Dal­beth is look­ing for­ward to the slightly chaotic night.

‘‘It will just make the whole thing fun hav­ing to play and then rush across town,’’ he says.

‘‘Rock­quest starts at 7pm and the ball starts at the same time so we’re go­ing to do our set in all our suits. It will be a fun lit­tle gim­mick’’

For­tu­nately West­ern Springs’ mu­sic head of depart­ment Mar­garet Robert­son has vol­un­teered to chauf­feur the boys so they can make a quick get­away.

The heats have given the band a taste of what to ex­pect.

‘‘It went so quick,’’ Seb Rice-Walsh says. ‘‘It was one song and all the nerves just made time go so fast.’’

Host Club have been to­gether for about a year, play­ing regular gigs at al­lages con­certs and are record­ing their first EP.

‘‘Our [songs] are not all per­fect but we’re get­ting there,’’ bassist Jeremy MacDon­nell says.

‘‘Play­ing in front


a bunch of peo­ple who are go­ing crazy to your mu­sic is pretty cool.’’

En­ter­ing Rock­quest was a first but some­thing they feel is great for the lo­cal scene.

‘‘It’s great for the school and to get a bit of ex­po­sure as well,’’ gui­tarist Frankie Bus­field says.

West­ern Springs Col­lege rock­ers Host Club. From left: gui­tarist Frankie Bus­field, bassist Jeremy MacDon­nell, gui­tar/vo­cal­ist Finn Dal­beth and drum­mer Seb Rice-Walsh.

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