Battle Of The Bands: 30.07.2011
Finally, a night off work and off to Bedford’s premier music venue - Esquires.
If you didn’t know, Esquires has been changed in the past year or so due to new owners, Rob & Tracy. The club seems to have kept up with the times and they’ve done a great job with the club room Holy Moly’s.
6 bands in total were competing to get through to the Three Counties Finals which is at the Sno!bar in Milton Keynes - another favourite venue of mine.
Myself and Oli went along to support Quiz Team Assemble, a band I first saw back in April at Oli’s NAS Music Night.
Quiz Team played another amazing set - there’s not too much I can say about these guys that I haven’t said before. They played crowd favourites such as Bridges, Don’t save yourself & also a few new songs too which I was extremely impressed with.
QTA seemed to have one of the best crowd appreciation/followers of the night as they set up on stage & started their set. This, no doubt, gave them confidence and Joe had no problem with audience interaction as always. All of the lads played with precision, perfection and contentment. Kudos to Joe, Bill & Will for really merging their similar playing patterns so well - as they always do.
The drummer, Evan played topless which I could tell pleased a few of the girls watching. Especially 2 girls next to me who happened to be taking photos of the less dressed drummer and set it as their phone wallpaper ;) Bet you didn’t know that haha! As the band members jokingly pointed out, there’s not much more I can say about Evan and his skills. Just that he played a really good set and I was also really impressed and enjoyed the song that had recently written.
The same principle for votes was the same as The Bear - You buy a drink - you vote for your favourite band. Semi-skimmed, a rather quirky band including trumpets and trombones went through on the crowd vote.
I was so happy and proud when the host declared that Quiz Team had gone through to the Three Counties Finals! You could really see that the band were ecstatic with winning and this was a moment which showed real friendship between the boys.
I really wanted QTA to go through & bought many drinks in which I blame the boys for!! However, as Evan happily pointed out to me the band ironically won on the judge’s vote rather than the crowd vote :\
The boys also won Battle of The Bands the previous night at The Corn Exchange. I was extremely pleased for the boys when Joe phoned to tell me and felt so proud of their achievement and to know how happy & confident this would make them for the performance I would see the following night.
I wish the band all the luck for the three counties and look forward to seeing them play again!
photography by Callum Appleby
by Lauren Troiano of - BMB