The battle to be Siren King
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.
Youths battle by playing music as loud as they can side by side.