A PETERHEAD band is preparing to take on musicians from around the country, at the semi finals of a national music competition.
Four piece act Raw Stereo triumphed at the recent Glasgow heats of popular TV battle of the bands contest, Live and Unsigned.
Now the post-punk band, who range in age from 14 to 18, are preparing to take on Newcastle in the semi-finals, and hope to make it through to the live finals at London’s O2 arena.
“We play all sorts of music,” says singer Chloe Rigg (14), “Everything from 80s to Lady Gaga. I guess our own stuff is post-punk.”
The band impressed industry judges at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall last month with their ‘mash-up’ of Pink’s ‘Trouble’ and their own tune ‘Losing my mind.’
Just 12 acts went through to the Northern semi-finals from a crop of almost 100. “It was pretty nerve racking,” says 18-year-old guitarist Shera, “but we felt pretty confident.”
The band got together just seven months ago and practice weekly at the town’s Sands Bar.
“Me and Kim met in the toilets at the Rock School,” says Chloe, “Kim wanted to start an all girl rock band. Kim and Shera had been playing together since second year and we all knew Craig already.”
Meanwhile, Craig (17) had tried his hand at guitar while enrolled at the town’s Rock School but soon discovered that he had a natural talent for drumming.
“He’s a natural drummer,” says 17-year-old bassist Kim, “he gets embarrassed when we say that, but he is.”
The band are now in solid rehearsals for the semi-finals in Newcastle of May 12, where they will compete against the most talented bands and artists from around the country for a place in the live final.
If voted best band overall by a panel of judges from the music industry, Raw Stereo could win the coveted prize of £10,000 cash, £10,000 in publicity plus a tour of some of the UK’s best summer festivals.
Good luck guys!