Band rocks home in challenge

  Alternate rock band The Modern Cure has taken out the college Rock Challenge state final.

The six-member Launceston College band won overall champion against other college bands from around the state in the competition held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on Thursday night.

The college also picked up second with its band Mother Mexico and members Brad George and Seb Alcock won best musician gongs.

The Modern Cure won the judges over with a set of two original songs, Footsteps and The Streets, and one cover song.

Singer Victoria Geale, 16, said the band had been together for one year and last year competed in the high school section of the competition.

``We thought we played well on the day but we weren't even thinking about getting a place,'' Victoria said.

The Modern Cure has won the opportunity to perform at the Breath of Life Festival in March, a guitar amplifier and trophies.

Both bands made it through a three-week process of heats against other Northern colleges before being selected as the top two bands in the region to compete in the final.

At the final they competed against the regional winners from around the state.

The college's contemporary music and audio design co-ordinator Adam Langridge said over the life of the Rock Challenge the college had won a number of times but this was the first time it had taken out first and second place.

``At the moment we've got 15 bands at the college and a lot of students are already out there playing gigs around Tasmania,'' Mr Langridge said.

``They're playing everything from acoustic to heavy grind and they're all good at it.'' 

Other Northern winners:

 Champion high school: Panda-Monium,  Riverside High School. Best Performance: Panda-Monium, Riverside High School.

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