Until Autumn wins music competition

Until Autumn is this year's Wellington winner in the Smokefree Rockquest.
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Until Autumn is this year's Wellington winner in the Smokefree Rockquest.

Newly-formed Tawa-based alt-rock group Until Autumn is enjoying its victory after winning the Wellington Smokefreerockquest regional finals.

"It was fantastic. We just enjoyed playing at the Opera House so much and to win it was absolutely incredible," said lead singer James Gill of the Saturday night performance.

"I was pretty confident we were going to get placed. I thought we played really well and felt great about how we played, so I thought we would get placed, but to win it was a big thing."

Until Autumn from Tawa College and Aotea College formed at the beginning of this year, when James joined up with Peter Sim, lead guitar; Dan Cuttriss, rhythm guitar; Andrew Chesney, drums; and Braeden Foster, bass.

James, a year 12 high school student, said he saw the other guys playing at a gig and something just clicked.

"We found a really cool sound that we all enjoy it's kind of influenced by current British bands like Young Guns and You Me At Six," he said.

"I write the melodies and lyrics to express feelings about my own experiences with friendship and relationships and then we jam to put the rest of the song together."

Until Autumn's main ambition is to get the funding together to go on tour next summer.

Second place went to singer-songwriter Sarah Whitaker from St Mary's College (Wellington).

They go on to compete for one of eight national finalist spots in this year's national final in Hamilton in September.

Hutt International Boy's School band 5th element was third and Sam Coad from the Bad Excuse won the APRA Lyric Award.

Xela from Wellington Girls' College won the Lowdown best song, the Mainz musicianship award went to Wellington College singer songwriter Fletcher Mills, the women's musicianship award went to Chelsea Myers, the bassist from Armada, Upper Hutt College.

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