The band, which rehearses at Willetton’s Big Beat Sounds Studio and has three out of four members based in Willetton, won $2000, a $1600 recording package and an $825 Xpress Magazine promotional pack.
Lead guitarist, Bedford resident Ken Cox, said Some Lone Ranger had entered plenty of competitions since forming nearly two years ago, but had little luck before the win against five other Gozzy finalists on March 9.
‘One competition hosted by Curtin University, the National Campus Band Comp, we actually came last, which was a bit hilarious,’ he said.
Something clearly took a turn for the better this time; with Cox saying the four-piece was more confident onstage these days. ‘Instead of playing to impress people, we have fun ” we’re just mucking around as mates and people relate to that better,’ he said.
He said the band was harmony-heavy with him, bassist Corbin Nesa and drummer Aaron Dark all providing backing vocals for lead vocalist and guitarist Aidan Grey, who also sings at Benny’s in Fremantle.
‘We’ve termed it ‘cheeky rock’,’ he said. ‘It’s a little bit of a different sound in each song.’
The five-song finals set, in front of a 700-strong crowd at Centennial Pioneer Park Amphitheatre, ended on a high with their EP single Crazy About You.
‘That one’s funk pop-rock; it starts with a catchy groove that flows through the rest of the song, builds with lots of vocals and epic guitar work, then ends with a massive surprise,’ he said.
‘We were sort of in the zone, but we did realise that we had quite a loud reception at the end, a huge ‘pop’.
‘We can’t thank the Gosnells community enough; we didn’t expect to win the semi-final, let alone the final.
‘There aren’t enough words to say how grateful we are. It feels pretty good,’ Cox said.
Runner-up Wizard Sleeve won $1000 cash and $1200 for recording.
Some Lone Ranger’s EP is available on iTunes. Check www.facebook.com/SomeLoneRanger for upcoming gigs