Battle of the Band winners Chasing Closure. Photo: Contributed
Battle of the Band winners Chasing Closure. Photo: Contributed Contributed

Beats revive Ipswich's heart

AN ALTERNATIVE rock band wowed the judges to take out the 2015 Ipswich Battle of the Bands title, despite hitting a few speed bumps along the way.

Chasing Closure claimed the inaugural title, performing against 18 other acts that took to the stage in Ipswich City Square on Saturday.

Vocalist Kane Bengtsen said the band, with members heralding from Ipswich, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, was thrilled to win despite a few setbacks.

"We were in a panic before we went on stage because our bass player Tony's car broke down while we were preparing to go on," he said.

"He ran to the nearest Supercheap Auto and bought a battery, installed it and ran to the stage and jumped on right before we started.

"But overall the Battle of the Bands was great for us. We had a few fans there and got some great exposure for people who'd never heard us before."

Mr Bengtsen said the band's sound was like "black and white", combining orchestral melodies with heavy metal.

He said the five-piece outfit was inspired by bands like The Amity Affliction, Secondhand Serenade and Bring Me the Horizon.

"We were very impressed by some of the other acts at the competition," Mr Bengtsen said.

"The crowd was great too. Overall the best part for us was their energy.

"We fed off their excitement."

The band recently released their first self-titled EP.

Consisting of Bengtsen, Adam Glaum, Tony Hoy, Dion Lee and Ipswich's Jacob Lebherz, Chasing Closure won a five-hour recording session at Studio 188, a music video as well as media publicity.

"Previously the band was more of a hobby to previous members," Mr Bengtsen said.

"But I want this to be my life and the people who are in the band now feel the same.

"I'd definitely suggest Battle of the Bands to my friends and fellow musicians."

Event spokeswoman Rachel Vickary said the family-friendly event attracted up to 1000 people to Ipswich City Square.

Ms Vickary said organisers hoped to bring the event back over two days next year, thanks to the great feedback from both bands and members of the public.

Visit Chasing Closure's Facebook page for more.

Runners-up included The Stray Selection in second place and Secondhand Toothbrush in third place.

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