Bands get Rockquest groove on

22:03, May 30 2014
Gloriana Wilson
SOUL MUSIC: Gloriana Wilson, 17, from Spotswood College performs at the Smokefree Rockquest Taranaki Final at TSB Showplace.

Gloriana Wilson uses music to invite people into her world.

The 17-year-old singer-songwriter from Spotswood College performed at last night's Smokefree Rockquest Taranaki final at TSB Showplace.

And by the end of the night she had won the solo duo section for the second year in a row.

Wilson said her two songs Circus and The Madhouse aimed to open people's minds up to different possibilities.

"It's my perspective on the world and welcoming everyone into that, a way of viewing things that is a little less literal."

Wilson plans to head to a music academy in Australia next year for two years before returning to New Zealand to pursue a double degree in law and music at Otago.

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"I need music there all the time, it's just one of those things that makes me who I am."

Last Last night's event was a case of second time lucky for New Plymouth Boys' High School four piece Plainmotion.

The band won the regional final after finishing second last year.

"We just brought out a whole new dynamic to our music this year - we were a lot tighter and more confident," Connor Rust who plays drums and synthesizer he said. "We play pop-rock with a bit of rap and our songs are about things that influence us, our experiences and issues."

The other members of Plainmotion are Joel Robertson, lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Martin Leith, lead guitar, and Jake McComb, bass and vocals.

Second placed band was Llamas at my Funeral from Waitara College.

Luke Roberts from Hawera High School placed second solo/duo.

These four acts win musical gear from associate sponsors NZ Rockshops, and the chance to gain selection for the national final at Auckland's Q Theatre on Saturday 27 September.

Taranaki Daily News