Villain takes prize

Left: Villain performing live on stage. Right: band members Alexander Popoff-Asotoff, Chris Mackenzie, Greta Andrews-Taylor, Chris Mackenzie and Rowan Florence (in front).
Left: Villain performing live on stage. Right: band members Alexander Popoff-Asotoff, Chris Mackenzie, Greta Andrews-Taylor, Chris Mackenzie and Rowan Florence (in front).

The four-piece band performed Tequila Mockingbird, Just a Smile and their cover of The Black Keys song Tighten Up which won them recording time, a professional photo shoot, an X-Press Promotional package and $500.

Band members Rowan Florence (guitar/vocals), Alexander Popoff-Asotoff (drums/vocals), Chris Mackenzie (guitar) and Greta Andrews-Taylor (bass) were shocked they won.

‘We were actually quite surprised as we felt we hadn’t played as well as we could have and the competition was of a really high standard,’ Florence said. ‘But we were overjoyed and excited.’

The 19-year-old South Perth resident said the win gave the band members more confidence in their song-writing and musical ability.

‘I suppose we just try to have a bit of fun, its music you can dance to ” exciting, catchy, a little bit surfy,’ he said.

‘We like to think of it as car chase music.

‘We’re strongly influenced by gritty ’60s pop music like the Beatles and the Kinks as well as surf music from that period.

‘It’s good to know that people other than us actually like our music, because it’s really hard to judge yourself.

‘It’s also amazing to have the three days of studio time at our disposal, we’re super keen to get in the studio.’

Hello Colour Red, a four-piece rock band from Dianella, won second prize, recording time and $200, while Bayswater band The Arthur Dent Project won the High School Band category.

Mayor Terry Kenyon said the judges had a difficult job as the bands were of such a high standard.