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Renadeans take top spot in Battle of the Bands opener

This year’s Battle of the Bands got under way at the White Hart in Lynn, and the public house was packed to the rafters.

The format remains unchanged, so four bands in each heat will battle it out for a place in the semi-finals held later this year.

Getting things started fell to Scarlet, a four-piece mixing soul, funk, rock and pop into their sound.

CODE of Conduct. Photo: Jon Seymour
CODE of Conduct. Photo: Jon Seymour

It’s a potent cocktail, and they had the crowd buzzing from the off. It was the perfect start to the competition, and they finished their set with an Ed Sheeran cover unlike any you might have heard before.

The bar was already set high, and following on can’t have been easy, especially for a newly formed band playing their first gig together, opening with a song written only six days previously. That’s exactly what Coves did though, and after a shaky start they soon hit their stride.

They’re a lot of fun, playing in a style similar to The Kooks, The Strokes and a host of other bands from that period, and they show a lot of promise.

Renadeans. Photo: Jon Seymour
Renadeans. Photo: Jon Seymour

Third up were The Renadeans a rock/punk power trio. Their energy was off the scale and they blasted through their set, taking no prisoners along the way. After hearing some blues riffs during sound check, I’d assumed that’s what we were going to get, so when they started up, it was quite unexpected.

Rounding off the proceedings fell to CODE of Conduct, a pop/punk trio hailing from Bury St Edmunds.

There were a few issues with their sound, through no fault of their own, meaning that their music was somewhat diluted to how it should have sounded.

Pop/punk is a genre that I love, and this band are great fun. Personally, I hope to hear them again sounding as they should.

So heat one was in the bag, and all that remained was announcing the winner.

After the judges’ scores had been tallied, it was The Renadeans who emerged victorious, but it was a pretty close race, and once again, the standards have been set very high indeed.

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