The self proclaimed biggest battle of the bands in the North West begins in Preston tomorrow evening with the chosen rock and grunge acts descending on 53 degrees to show off their crunchy guitars and bad attitudes in Heat One.
Defy The Sky are a melodic rock band from Preston. They take in both classic and modern rock influences and create a catchy, user friendly sound. Their picky guitar riffs of the verse and soaring choruses make them easy for the casual listener to enjoy.
Ides of March hail from Blackpool and deliver seaside grunge rock. Their riff heavy guitar driven music and tortured vocals make them probably the heaviest band in this heat but the classic rock influences can still be heard and the guitar solo during their song No Sense No Feeling gives a blast from the past to a time when a guitar solo was as cool as a Ferrari.
March are another band playing to a hometown crowd in this heat and offer grungy but reserved rock. The band’s heavy yet anthemic sound appears as though it would transfer well to a good sized venue, and Friday night’s events may offer them a great opportunity.
The Blackhand will be travelling up from Wallasey and bringing their straight up hard rock with them. Their music is barebones rock and roll and the 4 piece are fronted by a singer with quality allowing the vocals to drive the music forward. The riffs are crunchy yet simple and the elements of the music come together well.
The bands’ recordings can be listened at http://readytorumbleunsigned.co.uk/r2r/final-16