Musicians keep dream alive
By SVEN HERSELMAN With the Marlborough Smokefree Rockquest on the very near horizon, three young Blenheim musicians are working hard to polish their new act in time.
Bassist Liam Hardman, 17, drummer Hayden Batt, 17, and their new front man Reuben Langford, 15, are in the middle of writing and polishing songs for the competition. Liam and Hayden once made up two-thirds of Marlborough band Arm the Reckless, who were national Rockquest finalist last year.
The band broke up during the Christmas holidays, but that hasn’t ended their musical hopes.
Fifteen year- old Reuben has been recruited and together they have formed The Grudies, playing a mix of grunge rock and sludge metal. ‘‘ We are a lot heavier and faster than Arm the Reckless was – it’s a totally different style,’’ Hayden says.
While in the former band, the focus was very much on winning and perfecting their craft, The Grudies are after a bit more fun in the process of making music. ‘‘ We still take it seriously and want to make a career of out of music, but we just seem to be enjoying it more now – it’s much more collaborative,’’ he says.
Reuben is the chief lyrics writer, with Liam and Hayden contributing mainly with riffs and generally working together to produce and polish their music. They boys are pretty selective with their material, and while they have written numerous songs, only one has been completed to their satisfaction since they began New start: Former Arm the Reckless band members Liam Hardman, 17, left, Hayden Batt, 17, have formed a new three-piece band called The Grudies with front man Reuben Langford, 15, right. They are working hard ahead of the Marlborough Smokefree Rockquest on July 4. playing together a month ago.
‘‘We only have about a month to Rockquest so we are just focussing on having two songs ready to perform,’’ Reuben says. The boys have to juggle their school work with music and meet up every Thursday to rehearse.
They hope that all the effort will pay off as the Marlborough leg of Smokefree Rockquest may not happen this year due to low numbers of entries. National event manager Dan Kendrick says that they need a few more entries to justify running the event in Marlborough.
‘‘It might not go ahead as it is, so we are really encouraging groups, soloists and duets to enter. There have been strong number in Marlborough in the past few years, but these things are cyclical and some years there are low number and then it picks up again the following year,’’ he says. To enter visit smokefreerockquest.co.nz.