Late entrants Ceder dazzle with songwriting
They were the last band on the list and hadn't planned to enter, but Palmerston North rock band Ceder have triumphed in the Battle of the Grand.
Lyle Greig, Luke Pearce, Ben Baker and Campbell Greig joined high-profile musician Tiki Taane in the studio at The Stomach yesterday to produce and mix one of their songs as part of their prize.
Taane, one of the judges, said he liked Ceder's "originality in song structure, the energy of their stage performance and their potential".
Lead singer and guitarist Lyle Greig said the band played two songs in the studio to Taane, who chose Grieg's composition My Prayer.
The song was about a "person going through a rough patch and questioning things", he said. Ceder had included the song in their set on the night of the contest.
Greig said the band had only been together a short time, and after getting through to the regional finals of the Battle of the Bands, but failing to progress any further, they weren't going to enter the Battle of the Grand.
Taane gave him a lot of tips on singing, harmonies and how to express himself better, he said. Taane has taken their song away to produce, and when it is finished it will be given back to them to do with as they wish.
The band hope to make a music video for it with the aid of a marketing package that came with their prize.