Band’s big song switch

Rochdale Observer - - NOSTALGIA -

BAT­TLE of the Bands con­tes­tants de­cided on a com­plete change of song just hours be­fore record­ing their first sin­gle.

Whit­worth Com­mu­nity High School stu­dents Oliver Nor­ris and Ryan Pye found them­selves com­pos­ing new mu­sic and lyrics the night be­fore their band was due to visit Stu­dio Stu­dio for the record­ing ses­sion.

They had also changed the name from Gas­tric Band to Au­dax, which is Latin for bold.

The Year 11 pupils were of­fered the record­ing ses­sion after com­pet­ing in Rochdale Rocks - Bat­tle of the Bands in Novem­ber when they also won a chance to play be­fore a Rochdale Hor­nets match.

Oliver, who is also Head Boy, said: “We just de­cided that we didn’t re­ally like the song we were go­ing to record and we wrote a com­pletely new one called ‘Care­free’ and only had that night to practise it.

“It sounded pretty nice, but we wanted to change the tempo a bit and also add some rhythm.”

CDs of the record­ing will be avail­able when they play at Whit­worth Vale and Healey Band Club and a sec­ond gig at the Fly­ing Horse Ho­tel in Rochdale.

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