Battling band battle final
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.’’