The Sophisticates ready to take the stage

Crunch time for Rockquest acts

Last updated 08:24 11/06/2014

READY TO ROCK: The Sophisticates from Freyberg High School, from left, Caleb Finegan, 16, Henry Smithers, 17 and Elijah Houlahan, 17.

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It's crunch time for a trio of talented Manawatu musicians preparing to head on stage for tomorrow's Rockquest.

Freyberg High School pupils Caleb Finegan, 16, Elijah Houlahan, 17, and Henry Smithers, 17, who make up the band The Sophisticates, are fine-tuning their performance for their first appearance in the Rockquest's regional heats at The Globe Theatre. The competition sees more than 3000 young people from throughout the country composing and producing their own music.

The Sophisticates, who will be performing an original called, Could have done better, have had gigs at The Stomach and played during Waitangi Day celebrations. A touch of jazz, a pinch 1990s-inspired rock from American band, Primus and "some of that modern indie stuff" sets the band's strains.

"It's basically rock with a few other weird influences from outside the genre," Henry said. "We all have our own tastes and it becomes an eclectic mix when it gets refined down."

With school production commitments, the group has had limited practice time, but were excited about taking to the stage.

"Being able to perform in a competition outside of the school fairs and being able to compare yourselves to other bands, how they present themselves, the music they play and write, and the dynamic they have on stage, it's a good benchmark," Henry said.

More than 15 Manawatu bands from schools around the region will be taking part.

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- Manawatu Standard


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