Tawa stu­dents shine again at Rock­quest

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

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.

Pho­tos: PETER MCDON­ALD

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

women’s mu­si­cian­ship.

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