Setback can’t stop the music


High note falls flat. That sums up how Oamaru band The Pills are feeling after Smokefreerockquest’s national finale was canceled earlier this month.

The Pills – consisting of Ethan Downing (electric guitar, lead), Fergus Armor (electric guitar, rhythm), Seth Sinclair (drums) and Adam Devon (bass) – secured themselves the qualification after winning the regional competition in Timaru in a subsequent submission round earlier this year.

Jumping into the top 10 made them feel like we could actually do it, Adam said.

The final was scheduled for last month but was postponed when Auckland was suspended.

The new plan called for finalist acts to be filmed for a level 2 final with no viewers, which would have been broadcast via livestream.

The organizers of Smokefreerockquest announced that the finale was canceled earlier this month and stated that under the current Covid-19 restrictions there is no longer any way to hold the finals in a fair, safe and meaningful way.

St. Kevin’s College students found out after a performance at the school that was professionally recorded as part of rockquest’s “Hometown” webisodes.

Though disappointed, Ethan said that many other events suffered the same fate and were in the “ same boat ”.

When the finals took place, the band category winners would have received $ 10,000 in Rockshop musical equipment and recording facilities on NZ on Air.

They didn’t go away empty-handed – each finalist received a gift package and their original music was recorded as planned for the final.

“I think the positive is that anyone who made it to the final will benefit from it,” said Seth.

” It was all a great experience, even if it was short. ”

“We’re not just stuck with a sour feeling,” said Ethan.

In the next year the four would continue to make music and had concerts planned in the Waitaki district.

They were working on releasing new music soon and would play at Scotts Brewing Co at Scotts Brewing Co on Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Scotts Brewing Co in Oamaru.

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