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Friday, 24 April 2015
The Battle of the Bands 2015 was once again packed with pupils from the Boys’ and Girls’ Divisions, all eager to hear some great music from the best bands in the School. There was a fantastic atmosphere in the Arts Centre as the crowd waited for the first band to take the stage.
There were just three finalists in this year’s competition: Fight the Silence, Young Ruin and the 2014 victors Parallel Oreos.
First to take the stage were pop punk band Fight the Silence, who opened the proceedings with one of their own songs, ‘Hope for the Best’. They followed this with a cover of Owl City’s ‘Fireflies’, before finishing with another of their original songs, ‘Save the Day’. This high-energy performance was a brilliant way to open the Battle of the Bands.
Young Ruin were next up, and showed great confidence for a band who have only been playing together for seven months! They began with a cover of ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ by Wheatus, and then played ‘December Air’ which the band wrote together. They ended their set with a rendition of Bruno Mars’s hit ‘Just The Way You Are’, putting their own stamp on the song and giving it an unusual twist.
The final band to perform was last year’s winners, The Parallel Oreos. The boys played Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream’ and Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ in close succession, the pop and punk rock tunes making a striking contrast, but one which was handled well by the band. They ended their performance with their original song ‘Falling’, which they released on iTunes at the beginning of the year.
The audience lapped up the music from all three bands, singing along, dancing, and giving loud cheers and applause at the end of each song and set. All three bands’ performances were of an extremely high calibre this year, making the judging a particularly difficult task.
This year, the judging fell to Old Boys Chris Jones and Ben Thornley along with their colleague Malcolm Smith, all of whom work for video production company Sitcom Soldiers. The company makes music videos for a wide variety of artists, making these three perfect candidates to choose the winning band. After much deliberation, the judges were finally ready to announce their decision, which they based on musicianship, song performance and stage presence.
The winners of Battle of the Bands 2015 was Young Ruin: Giorgio Arnetoli, Sam Critchlow and George Ewell in Year 13 and Sara Crompton from Year 11.
On behalf of the band, Sam said a few words to thank the judges for selecting Young Ruin as the winners this year. He also added, “I’ve been at this school for seven years, and I’d just like to thank the Music and Drama departments for all the opportunities they’ve given me that have helped make me the person I am today.”
The two Old Boys and Malcolm were delighted to come into School to judge the Battle of the Bands, and made time to speak to each of the three bands after the competition to give them feedback and positive comments on their individual performances.
The Senior Rugby Team provided great crowd control in front of the stage throughout the Battle of the Bands.
To watch Young Ruin's performance of their original song ‘December Air’ on the School's YouTube channel, click here.
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