What’s in a band’s name?


They could be the next Broods, Kim­bra or Ev­er­more, but on Fri­day the stage was rocked by Fruit Juice Pa­rade, Fu­sion, and Some­thing Else.

The Smoke­free Rock­quest’s Manawatu fi­nal hit the stage at the Re­gent On Broad­way in a bat­tle of the bands.

Bands and soloists from high schools in Palmer­ston North, Feild­ing, Levin, Fox­ton and Kapiti per­formed with cre­ative names such as Fu­sion, Fruit Juice Pa­rade, String The­ory, Sunk Five, and Some­thing Else.

In­die-pop two-piece Fruit Juice Pa­rade took out the top band and peo­ple’s choice prizes.

That made it two peo­ple’s choice prizes in a row for the band, made up of Shan­nen Petersen, 17, and Tharushi Bowatte, 16.

Shan­nen said her band­mate came up with the name, but was not sure if it re­ally had a mean­ing.

‘‘We had a name be­fore we had any mu­sic.

‘‘We knew we wanted to make some­thing.’’

The Palmer­ston North Girls’ High School year 12 pupils have been per­form­ing to­gether for two years.

‘‘We are mostly in­flu­enced by what we see in Palmer­ston North – other lo­cal bands, we go to a lot of shows.’’

It was a fam­ily af­fair for broth­ers Justin and Brad Jur­gens, who per­formed as Fu­sion. They were the third placed band, while Sunk Five, from Waiopehu Col­lege in Levin, were sec­ond.

‘‘We orig­i­nally started with a girl in the band so we called our­selves Fu­sion,’’ Justin said.

‘‘She left, but we de­cided to keep the name.’’

Justin, 16, with long brown hair, played gui­tar along­side Brad, 14, with a red mo­hawk, on drums.

The two punk rock­ers said they were in­flu­enced by Rage Against the Ma­chine and Linkin Park.

The broth­ers had been play­ing to­gether since they were 5 and 7.

‘‘We just sort of started jamming out,’’ Justin said.

The top two bands will send in 15 min­utes of video for se­lec­tion to go into the na­tional fi­nal­ists judg­ing pool.

They will join Pey­ote Morete from Kapiti Col­lege and Car­son Taare from Palmer­ston Boys’ High School, who were se­lected as the two solo win­ners for Manawatu at the heats held in May.


Shan­nen Petersen, 17, from Palmer­ston North Girls’ High School’s Fruit Juice Pa­rade band.

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