Quartet not Fazed by battle ahead to win people’s hearts

James McGonigle, Cameron Rickerby, John Gooding and Edward King of Fazed are in contention for Battle of the Bands on KLFM 96.7 Radio in King's Lynn.
James McGonigle, Cameron Rickerby, John Gooding and Edward King of Fazed are in contention for Battle of the Bands on KLFM 96.7 Radio in King's Lynn.
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Four teenagers from the South Holland and Boston areas are on the music hustings bidding to win the title of Battle of the Bands Champions 2015.

John Gooding (15) of Sutterton, Edward King (16) of Whaplode Drove, James McGonigle (15) of Weston and Cameron Rickerby (16) of Holbeach are Fazed, one of 12 bands in the semi-finals of the competition run by KLFM 96.7 Radio and Twisted Melon (Music) Promotions, both of King’s Lynn.

Fazed are desperate to rally support from the whole of South Holland and Boston ahead of tomorrow’s semi-final from about 7pm.

Each band will have a short compilation of their songs played on air, after which listeners will be asked to go online or phone in to vote for their favourite act.

Cameron, who attends University Academy Holbeach, said: “It’s cool that we’ve to where we are with all the good acts that we performed against in the first heat (at The Wildflower pub near King’s Lynn in February).

“To think that we went through while bands that I thought were better than us went out is a tribute to how hard we’ve worked.”

John Gooding, Edward King, James McGonigle and Cameron Rickerby are Fazed.

John Gooding, Edward King, James McGonigle and Cameron Rickerby are Fazed.

The original members of Fazed, Cameron, Edward and John, had been performing together for nearly four years before James joined the band as drummer in February.

Their blend of Coldplay, Paulo Nutini, Ed Sherrin and Mumford and Son influences had its first big break last November when Fazed reached the final of Simply Acoustic, a competition to find up-and-coming musical talent across south east Lincolnshire and West Norfolk.

Edward, another University Academy Holbeach student, said: “We’re pushed by an aspiration to be better than the bands we’re playing against and having James on board has brought diversity to our group.

“Most of the other bands are made up of adults so, with as much practice as we can put in, we’re going to make sure that everything is tight because there’s no other act who has the same sound as us.”

To think that we went through while bands that I thought were better than us went out is a tribute to how hard we’ve worked.

Cameron Rickerby of Fazed

For more details about Fazed, go to https://www.facebook.com/Faze.me.in