Shire bands are all set to do battle

By Sandra Siagian
02 Feb, 2010 03:00 AM

Great exposure: Winning last year's Battle of the Bands competition has opened many doors for Azlock band members (from left) Daniel Sandri, Tom Ellercamp, Sean Gynn, Sean Blake and Tim Scott. Picture: John Veage

THE search is on to find Sutherland Shire’s best hidden talent in the 2010 Battle of the Bands competition.The annual event run by Sutherland Shire Council has discovered talented shire musicians in the past, including last year’s Australian Idol runner-up Hayley Warner, who won the competition in 2007 with her band Cloud 9.

The 2009 winners Azlock credit the contest for putting their rock metal band on the music radar. Since winning last year, Azlock released their first record and did shows in Sydney and on the South Coast. “The exposure we received was a big boost for our band,” said Azlock lead singer Tim Scott.

“The best thing about winning was playing our first set at Down At The Park last year, where we made fans and made friends with other bands.”

Azlock’s first EP No Reflections, made its way on to Triple J radio when it was released last October, reaching No. 6 on the station’s Unearthed chart.

Even with their success, the five friends from Kirrawee, Tim Scott, Tom Ellercamp, Sean Blake, Daniel Sandri and Sean Gynn, are holding on to their day jobs while they continue working on new material for their second EP.

“We all work during the week so we don’t have time to rehearse every day,” said lead singer Tim Scott.

“Until we are signed, we all still have to work to support ourselves, so we only have time to rehearse once a week.”

For contestants entering the competition this year, the lead singer has some simple words of advice.

“Just be yourself and stick to whatever you want to play,” said Tim Scott. “Don’t change who you are for the competition.”

Entries for Battle of the Bands 2010 close at 4pm on Friday, February 19. Band members must be aged between 12-25 years, and at least two band members must live in Sutherland Shire.