Four bands are poised for action in Heat 4 of Battle of the Bands 2017 on Saturday, being staged at Watlington Sports and Social Club.
And according to Triston Finnis, of Twisted Melon Promotions, this looks to be the most diverse heat of this year’s competition.
He said: “From reggae/funk to post hardcore punk! This heat will have something for everyone and the people I don’t envy are the judges having to pick a winner from such varied genres.”
The guys and gal making the decision are:
Rose Penfold, Festival Too committee member who has been on the panel since the beginning seven years ago;
Tristan Long, who was with 60s icons The Tornados, a hugely respected drummer and endorsed by the likes of Code, Pellwood, Cymskin, Ludwig and Dream;
Jon Seymour, photographer and music writer/reviewer for the Lynn News and Outline Magazine;
Barry Ward, Festival Too committee member;
Paul Heath, well respected veteran folk musician;
Jay Harrison, the newest judge and former member of Birkenhead and Under The Influence, currently performing with Kingdom Keys and Bear Club (and also album reviewer with Already Heard Magazine);
Sam Cook, who is Battle of the Bands in-house sound engineer thus scoring the acts on their stage professionalism/musicianship. Sam is also a singer/songwriter and frontman with Kingdom Keys, Bear Club and Jackdaw.
Tomorrow’s winners will join the three acts already through which are rock cover band Half Price Drinks, nine-piece Funk/Soul act The Wise Naive and two-piece rockers Dog Fight who have already earned themselves KL.FM air play and are now only two performances away from playing on stage at this summer’s Festival Too.
As usual the event is free entry and all ages are welcome, with the competition starting at 8pm. The four bands are:
MAMMAL NOT FISH. Davey Whales, lead vocals / guitar; Benji Parker, bass / vocals; Joe Greenacre, drums; and James ‘Peach’ Maas, lead guitar. The boys return to Battle Of The Bands after reaching the final in last year’s competition.
Blending Indie Rock with undertones of Funk and Reggae, Mammal Not Fish is a four-piece band born from Norwich.
Although having been friends for some time, the boys of M’n’F only joined forces late in 2015 and have been playing and working tirelessly non-stop since.
Their individual styles blend together and complement each other beautifully to create a unique, crisp and original sound.
IN MY DISGUISE. Breathing new life into the world of rock music are Ollie Smith, lead vocals; Lee Alexander, guitar; Jonathan David Goldsmith, bass; and George Davis, drums.
They’re a four-piece original band from Suffolk, taking influence from bands such as Deftones, Biffy Clyro, Audioslave and Muse to name a few.
With ever growing success in 2016 releasing two debut singles “Alive” and “Fear”, 2017 has already seen In My Disguise being invited to open the “Independent Venue Week” festival hosted by the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket.
This year will also mark the official debut of an upcoming five-track EP release, which will be available soon.
SABERTOOTH TIMMY. This is a high energy five-piece rock covers and originals band from Cambridgeshire consisting of Evelyn Kerr, vocals; Luke Briscoe, lead guitar; Antony Patrick, rhythm guitar; Ben Stanhope, bass; and Josh Greene, drums. Their selection of covers include a wide range of material, from Jet to Aerosmith.
They also enjoy taking modern chart music and adding their own unique high octane twist, making their cover songs amazingly original.
SHOCK! HAZARD. Jake Tinsley vocal/guitar and Dom Scarff drums are a two-piece Post Hardcore Punk band from Norfolk. Mixing Punk, Hard Rock and Activism to create what is Shock! Hazard.
They set out to make their stand on the music industry and change the world one mind at a time.
Shock! Hazard’s influences come from Frank Carter, Rise Against, Alexisonfire, Rage Against the Machine, and The Used, and they’ve toured all over the UK, Europe and Scandinavia tearing up stages and tiny bars in every corner of the planet.