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Bands set for final battle

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:45 05 July 2010

AFTER three months of heated competition the Journal and Morlings-sponsored Battle of the Bands competition at the Brewery Tap in Oulton Broad reaches its climax on Wednesday.

AFTER three months of heated competition the Journal and Morlings-sponsored Battle of the Bands competition at the Brewery Tap in Oulton Broad reaches its climax on Wednesday.

The competition began on Wednesday, April 2 with 12 local bands hoping for success, but after six heats, four quarter-finals and two semi-finals, the grand final will see Drown The City go head-to-head with Untold for the crown.

Both bands are very different from the glow stick-waving emo-rockers Depth who lit up last year's competition, ensuring a very different sound is set to reign supreme this year.

The first band to secure their place in this year's final was original hard-rockers Untold. The Lowestoft-based band defeated Jokari in a tightly fought semi-final earlier this month, having previously overcome Remold and Fail in Duty.

The band was founded in late 2003 by Ian Messenger and Matthew Golder, and after switching through a few rhythm and bass guitarists, they have settled on a final line-up together with James Golder and Toby Whittington. They were runners-up in last year's final, after their semi-final conquerors Our Dead Empire had to pull out, and this year they hope to go one better with the added preparation time.

“We've prepared as much as possible over the last few weeks and are going to put on a show which we won't forget,” said Ian.

“There are nerves but we are going to make sure it doesn't get the better of us, like last year when we didn't perform as well as we wanted to. We'd really like to be the winners this year, as this is our home town.”

Standing in their way this year will be screamo act Drown The City. The band, which comprises Damo, George, Ian, Matt and Richard, have only been together for five months, but in this time they have quickly developed a high-energy set that has seen them see off One Member Short, Last Paradigm and Pepe.

“We've all gelled really quickly as a band and we can write songs really quickly,” said Damo. “We're all a bit nervous as we're up against a really top band, but we're just going to play it like a normal gig and have a lot of fun.”

The band has been together for such a short time that they are still borrowing equipment from last year's winners Depth.

“We're brilliant mates with Depth and they have been really supportive, standing at the front of every one of the heats, but keep upping it by saying that if we don't win they're better!”

Admission on Wednesday is £2, and the bands are set to start at 8pm, although gig-goers are advised to arrive early.

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