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.