Local music fans were treated to some of Tasmania's best new music as emerging bands rocked out at Riverbend Park on Saturday.
The Tasmanian Rock Challenge saw 10 bands take to the stage to demonstrate some of their best new music at the intimate setting.
The event was created as a celebration of Tasmania's youth musicians and contemporary music.
The event offers an opportunity for musicians to perform in areas where performing opportunities can be scarce.
The live gig at Riverbend Park featured a slew of live acts including Cased, Happy Droogs, Phoebe Kelbassa, Rosella, Elkie Kershaw and Cienah Lette.
One of the bands involved, Frogs in Suits, fronted the stage with their unique brand of alternative rock which has drawn comparisons to popular rock act the Smashing Pumpkins.
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Comprising of members Jordan Grant, Hamish Lehner, Justin Bailey and Harry Yates, the band was working towards releasing an EP after dropping their new single Lovan last month.
Band member Hamish Lehner said the band was excited to be able to perform as part of the Riverbend Rock line-up.
After forming last year the band has grown in confidence and become an entertaining act on the live music stage.
The idea to create an EP came about as part of their coursework for contemporary music with Lovan being the first cut off the forthcoming EP.
"[The task] was pretty much write an EP so we just wrote an EP and entered the rock challenge last year, did alright overall, a point away from the finals but ever since than we've had a few gigs pop up which has been cool," Lehner said.
The band has drawn comparisons to popular alternative band Smashing Pumpkins who are best known for their angsty-lyrics and heavily layered guitar tracks.
The band produced hits like Tonight, Tonight and Bullet with Butterfly Wings and is said to have influenced Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance fame
"People say we're like the Smashing Pumpkins and kind of similar in vibe but a little bit different, I'd say we're similar in genre," Lehner said.
"We had to have the battle of the bands before the rock challenge and we were brainstorming names for a few days and going on name generators and stuff, everything came up way too serious ... so I think I said 'let's pick and animal' and it was frogs and Harry said 'suits' and it stuck."
People say we're like the Smashing Pumpkins and kind of similar in vibe but a little bit different, I'd say we're similar in genreHamish Lehner
Lehner said live gigs like Riverbend Rock was good for the bands development.
"It's fun, the more you do it the better, the first time I played live there was a lot of pressure and nerves but you get more confident with the songs and people tell you the songs are good, it gets better," he said.
Going forward, Frogs in Suits are going to be improving their live act and are highly anticipating the EP which is scheduled to drop later this year.
"Being able to get as many gigs as we can [is the aim], a festival gig would be awesome," Lehner said.
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