Five of a Kind still rock solid

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Rock­quest vet­er­ans All of a Kind have learnt ev­ery­thing they can to launch them into their last na­tional fi­nal.

The five-piece Pu­taruru Col­lege band claimed sec­ond place in the Smoke­free Rock­quest on Fri­day.

It was their fourth time in the com­pe­ti­tion and their sec­ond plac­ing in the Waikato re­gional fi­nal.

All of Kind were also deemed People’s Choice from text mes­sage votes.

It was ‘‘ awe­some’’ to gain a plac­ing again but lead singer Conor White said it was not about win­ning.

‘‘We re­ally en­joy do­ing it, it was re­ally good aye,’’ he said.

White said there were around 50 of their fel­low class­mates among the crowd who went ‘‘crazy’’.

‘‘It’s awe­some, makes it feel nor­mal,’’ he said.

Held at Hamil­ton’s Clarence St Theatre, the group per­formed two orig­i­nal songs. One has yet to be named. But the other song, Keep Burn­ing, told the story of Rock­quest.

‘‘It’s just about how it keeps com­ing around,’’ White said.

Win­ners now have to pro­duce a 15-minute video com­piled of two more orig­i­nal songs.

Thirty na­tion­wide en­tries are then put into a pool and judged and only nine will se­cure a spot in the Septem­ber na­tion­als.

White said it was a fa­mil­iar process and they know what the judges are look­ing for.

‘‘ We’ve done this be­fore. We need to get the sound qual­ity as best as we can,’’ he said.

The group of friends, White, James Te Whare, John Keith, An­to­nio Clair, and Tarewa Walker will travel to a stu­dio in Piron­gia to record their tracks.

White said the ex­pe­ri­ence is a taste of what their fu­ture could hold should they be­come pro­fes- sional mu­si­cians.

The na­tional fi­nals will be held at Auck­land’s Q Theatre on Septem­ber 27.

Crowd pleaser: People’s choice and sec­ond placeget­ters All of Kind en­joyed the whole ex­pe­ri­ence. Photo: Chris Hil­lock

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