The bat­tle to be Siren King

Auckland City Harbour News - - COMMUNITY COOKBOOK - ELESHA ED­MONDS AND TOM CARNEGIE

The blar­ing beats from two parked cars can be heard from miles away. Each car has more than 20 speak­ers bal­anc­ing on its bon­net and roof. A group has gath­ered to lis­ten but the vol­ume of their ap­plause does not come close to the noise com­ing from the speak­ers of the newly-crowned ‘‘Siren King’’.

This scene at One­hunga fore­shore fea­tures in a num­ber of YouTube videos along­side other clips of youths repli­cat­ing the bat­tles with speak­ers perched on the han­dle­bars of their bikes.

It’s the com­pet­i­tive side of siren col­lect­ing and is oc­cur­ring in car parks, re­serves and fore­shores through­out Auck­land.

Farm Boiz Sirenz is a South Auck­land-based crew of 15 youths who reg­u­larly en­ter their bikes and cars in the bat­tles. One of the crew’s mem­bers says the bat­tles con­sist of two op­po­nents each pick­ing a song and play­ing them side by side through their sirens.

The 17-year-old says the judges will de­cide the win­ner by choos­ing the song which is more au­di­ble.

‘‘There will be a judge you se­lect from dif­fer­ent crews so that it’s fair,’’ he says.

The win­ner is crowned ‘‘Siren King’’ - there’s no prize, just the ‘‘ti­tle and rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing king’’.

Po­lice say they’re aware of the meet-ups and mon­i­tor the events, par­tic­u­larly on so­cial me­dia.

FAIR­FAX NZ

Youths bat­tle by play­ing mu­sic as loud as they can side by side.

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