Bat­tling band bat­tle fi­nal

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

Giv­ing all on stage has paid off for South Waikato metal band Acid­morph.

The band has made it through to the fi­nal of the 2017 Bat­tle of the Bands Na­tional Cham­pi­onship be­ing held at the Kings Arms in Auck­land on De­cem­ber 16-17

The band is made up of base gui­tarist Ryan Hughes [’Ryza’], drum­mer Michelle Saun­ders [’Eris’], lead gui­tarist Adrian Ed­wards [’Beast’], rhythm gui­tarist Josh Hig­gins [’Frosty’] and singer Billy Downs [’Lazarus’], was one of four Waikato bands to make the cut dur­ing the re­cent re­gional fi­nal held at Hamil­ton’s Biddy Mul­li­gan’s.

The de­ci­sion of who made it through was 50 per cent from the judges and 50 per cent from crowd vote.

Downs de­scribed the night as ‘‘amaz­ing’’ and said the band, which was the only metal band to make it through, was look­ing for­ward to the na­tional fi­nal. The win­ning band will get a 10 date tour of Europe.

‘‘The whole di­verse scene of mu­sic was re­ally good and the vibe ev­ery­one was giv­ing off was awe­some,’’ he said.

‘‘We al­ways bring 120 per cent to the stage and be­ing the re­gional fi­nal all the bands com­pet­ing were re­ally good. There was some amaz­ing tal­ent.’’

‘‘Hav­ing the boys from Cam­bridge band Van­grove, which is a reg­gae Sub­lime like band, Funk Ther­apy, who are straight out of the seven­ties ex­cept for their drum­ming, and Ru­bine, who are a clas­sic rock band, made it quite in­ter­est­ing.’’ ‘‘The crowd was amaz­ing too. There was a re­ally good turnout and ev­ery­one was sup­port­ing each other,’’ he said.

Hughes said the band was proud to be the only metal band to make it through.

‘‘There were like three bands on be­fore us and the vol­ume just went up as soon as we went on,’’ he laughed.

He said they will now use the time they have to prac­tice for the fi­nal which he said will be a spe­cial oc­ca­sion due to the Kings Arms set to close.

‘‘The first show we had was at the Kings Arms and this will be our last chance to play there again,’’ he said.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple are try­ing to get in to see shows be­fore it closes and be­ing the fi­nal we hope a lot of peo­ple will show up.’’

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