SYN's Free Kick at the Espy
Thursday 27 May 2010, Esplanade Hotel, St. Kilda
Rest assured, the future of Australian music is in safe hands if SYN FM's Free Kick at the Espy is anything to go by.
Melbourne's leading student radio station, SYN FM, hosted a battle of the bands on Thursday 27 May 2010, giving five local bands the opportunity to battle it out for a spot to play alongside legendary bands like The Living End in the 2010 Community Cup.
Supporting emerging talent
SYN FM general manager Georgia Webster believes events like these are vital to support emerging talent and the local music scene. "We are committed to supporting local bands. We want to support them to reach new audiences and share their music."
Georgia explains that they were inundated with entries from local bands vying for such a fantastic opportunity. To enter, bands had to submit recordings of four original tracks as well as a written biography and photo.
It's reassuring to know that despite many local music venues like The Tote being shut down, emerging bands continue to enter the competitive music scene in the name of rock.
"We of course pay respects to the established bands who lay the foundations for new artists, and the Free Kick competition is the epitome of that balance by offering an emerging act the chance to play alongside long-term legends of the local scene," says Georgia.
Money for Rope
Boarders, Money For Rope, The Delta Riggs, The Kremlin Succession and Wilfred Jackal were the five lucky entrants. The tightly contested competition had the judges scratching their heads until the last minute, but it was Melbourne boys Money For Rope who out the win.
It was Money For Rope's mature and beat-driven rock that got them over the line. Think Jet with synthesisers, combined with smooth, clean vocals and an energy that got the crowd up and dancing.
However, it was their two drummers and four vocalists that really set them apart from the competition and left a lasting impression in everyone's minds. Their modern take on the classic Aussie rock sound will ensure that they have a bright future ahead of them.
To kickstart this future, these guys have landed a set at the sold-out Splendour in the Grass festival on the main stage, as well as regular gigs all over Melbourne and regional Victoria.
All proceeds from the night went to Reclink (new window), a charitable organisation that provides "sporting, social and arts activities to enhance the lives of people experiencing disadvantage."
The Community Cup
The 2010 Community Cup will take place on 27 June 2010 at the Elsternwick Park. The Cup has featured such Australian legends as Paul Kelly, Magic Dirt and The Cosmic Psychos since its inception in 1993.
Money For Rope will open the show from 11 am and the Espy Rockdogs vs Triple R and PBS Megahertz football game will begin at 2pm. Other bands include The Living End, Nick Barker & The Reptiles, The Blackeyed Susans and Little Freddie & The Pops. All proceeds will go to Reclink.
4 stars out of 5.
Reviews written by Elizabeth A
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