Band’s still grinning after battle success

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LOCAL band I Am The Dice had luck on their side when they won the Battle of the Bands 2012.

The band, from Spalding and Boston, battled 40 other groups to win the chance to play on the final night of this year’s King’s Lynn Festival Too.

The four-part band is made up of Rob Goemans (bass and harmonica), of Spalding, Mo Creasey (vocals and guitar), of Boston, Dan Parker (drums), of Kirton, and Steve Tanner (guitar and vocals), of Surfleet.

They describe their music as “two tablespoons of country, one tablespoon of folk and one tablespoon of blues”.

Rob Goemans said: “We’re so pleased to have done so well. We still haven’t stopped grinning from ear-to-ear.

“There’s not much call for original music near where we come from, there’s a much healthier music scene in Lynn than in Lincolnshire.

“We’ve all been playing a long time but we’d never done a Battle of the Bands before, another band suggested we give it a try.”

The band was pitted against five others in the final held at Lynn’s Bar Red on Saturday, June 16.

All of the finalists performed a set which was judged by a panel including Rob Fricker, member of bands The Yesterdays and Sunscreem.

As well as winning the chance to play in front of 15,000 people on the final night of Festival Too – with a line-up including X Factor runner-up Marcus Collins – the band will be given the chance to spend a day recording their music at Grange Farm Studios.

Mr Goemans added: “We’ve played some big gigs before but never to more than 10,000 people – it’s going to be an amazing night.

“The best prize of all was to hear the comments and praise from the judges. They are completely objective and know their stuff, they don’t have to say anything nice to us.

“The fact that they felt our stuff was so good and that they chose it above all the rest is the highest praise and such a confidence boost for the group.”

Triston Finnis, partner of Twisted Melon Promotions which organises Battle of the Bands each year, said: “The standard of the bands was extremely high this year. All six of the finalists were fantastic but I Am The Dice just blew us all away.

“Finally, it seems Norfolk has a credible route for original acts to showcase their talent. A huge thank-you to all the artists, judges and venues.”