And the winners are...
But the Bangalore boys also did their city proud
The Prestorika Band from Delhi, winner of the Pepsi Hero Honda Campus Rock Idols contest
THEY CAME, they sang and they conquered. While The Prestorika Band, from Delhi, emerged winners at the Pepsi Hero Honda Campus Rock Idols contest, Bangalore band Synapse was crowned the first runners-up.
The city boys Satchith (on guitar), Varun (bass), Vishal (drums), Anirudh (guitar) and Aditya (vocals) have indeed done their city proud.
This three-year-old band has performed in over 50 shows and believes in experimenting with its sound. Synapse has many original compositions to its credit such as "Leave Me Out" and "Equinox". It also recorded a nine-track album early this year.
The rock fever was triggered off by a nation-wide music competition where college bands were invited to participate.
The finals was held in Mumbai. The Bangalore band faced stiff competition from
The Super Fuzz Big Muff (winners of the northern regional finals), Funeral Fire and Afflatus (winners of the eastern regional finals), Milican's Oil Drop and Synapse (winners of the southern regional finals), Dry State (Ahmedabad) and Nemesis (winners of the western regional finals).
The bands rocked hard, presenting their rocking best and singing hits such as "Pull Me Under" (by Dream Theatre) and "Fear of The Dark" (by Iron Maiden) as well as original compositions such as "Fade Away", "8 to 5" by Milican's Oil Drop and "Leave Me Out" and "Equinox" by Synapse.
The bands, say the organisers, were judged on the basis of originality, quality, crowd response, stage presence and individual instruments and vocals.
Narendra Kusnur of MidDay, also one of the judges at the finals, said: "The bands played serious music and the winners (Prestorika) were amazing, while the all-girls band (Afflatus) was extremely inspiring." The winners will now share the stage with international rock icons such as Bryan Adams, Rolling Stones, Dire Straits, Duran Duran and Sting, amongst others, who will perform in India in the near future. These events will be telecast on MTV.
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