Tawa students shine again at Rockquest
Secondary school band Until Autumn impressed judges at the Rockquest Wellington final at the Wellington Opera House on July 12.
The five- piece melodic rock band placed second out of 12 entries in the band category, competing against student musicians from the Wellington region.
They were edged out by Indipunk-rock band Harbour Lane in the band category.
Until Autumn includes Tawa College students Peter Sim, Andrew Chesney, Nathan Estment, Dan Cuttriss and Aotea College student James Gill.
The band formed more than a year ago and won last year’s Rockquest Wellington final, lead vocalist James Gill said.
Since then, Until Autumn have performed at several music festivals, including Parachute and One Sound, and performed with American- based Tonight Alive and Esther Melody Band.
Until Autumn performed two songs written by Gill in the regional final, The Poet and Scar.
‘‘[ The Poet] is about how the person was really close to someone and they liked each other, but never would confess,’’ Gill said.
The Scar is about how ‘‘ our experiences make us who we are’’, he said.
‘‘ The chorus says our scars make us who we are and pain shapes our character.’’
Other Porirua students to shine included Aotea College pupil Finlay Robertson from band the Green Room. She won the award for women’s musicianship.
Aotea College band Spectrum won the People’s Choice award.
Until Autumn received $ 400 worth of New Zealand Rockshop equipment for placing second.
They must now submit a video of a live performance for a chance to make the national final in Auckland, on September 28.
Rocking finalist: Until Autumn lead singer James Gill, 18, from Aotea College.
Rocking offstage: Dudes musicians William Love, left, and James MacArthur from Whitby. Winning sounds: Green Room, including lead
singer Finlay Robertson, centre,
from Aotea College, received the award for