Col­lege band takes third

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Pu­taruru Col­lege band All Of A Kind came third at the re­cent Smoke­free­rock­quest in Hamil­ton.

The band made up of school friends Con­nor White, James Te Whare, An­to­nio Clair, John Keith and Tarewa Walker were happy about their plac­ing.

Con­nor, who is the lead singer and rhythm gui­tarist said he was ‘‘gut­ted’’ the band didn’t come first but was happy they made the top three.

‘‘I was buzzed we got a place at the end of the day,’’ Con­nor said. ‘‘ We won a $ 250 Rock Shop voucher.’’

The band com­peted against 50 other bands.

John, who is key­board player and back-up vo­cal­ist said their dream was to one day make it big.

‘‘ We don’t want to end up play­ing at our school for 20 years or do­ing high school balls when we are old ; I sup­pose the first step would be get­ting our songs on the ra­dio. But in the mean­time we are open to play­ing gigs.’’

All Of A Kind do not want to be nailed to one genre of mu­sic.

‘‘We play any and ev­ery­thing, not just one genre, we have a bit of rock, reg­gae any­thing we can play we will.’’ An­to­nio the bass gui­tarist said.

The band plays only orig­i­nal mu­sic which in­cludes City Lights, If Only and Rain is pour­ing.

Lead gui­tarist James who cre­ated the lyrics said the songs were about ex­pe­ri­ences.

‘‘ City Lights is like when you go to Auck­land when you’re lit­tle and you see the lights and it’s like, wow. If Only is a ded­i­ca­tion to a girl and Rain is Pour­ing is a meta- phor for prob­lems.’’ The band have a Face­book fan page and a web­site: allo­fakind.wee­

ALL OF A KIND: The pop­u­lar Pu­taruru Col­lege band placed third at the re­cent Smoke­free­rock­quest in Hamil­ton. Band mem­bers are James Te Whare, John Keith, Con­nor White, An­to­nio Clair and Tarewa Walker.

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