“Smokefreerockquest is New Zealand’s biggest, most influential songwriting competition, giving exposure to original music and reaching audience numbers in excess of 100,000 every year. Founded in 1989 by music teachers Glenn Common and Pete Rainey, who now run Rockquest Promotions full time out of Nelson, it has become a New Zealand institution.” – Smokefree Rockquest
2014’s Canterbury Heats took place on Saturday 24th May 2014 at our very own Aurora Centre, and showcased some very fine talent from both our school and many other intermediate and secondary schools in Canterbury.
One of these bands goes by the name of False Disciple. A Thrash/Technical Death Metal (or avant-garde-post-forest-doomjazz-core, as they humourously refer to themselves) from Burnside High School, Papanui High School and Hagley Community College, False Disciple consists of one of very own students Thomas Bell (guitar/vocals), Daniil Lapine (vocals), Rhiannon Thomas (guitar) and Gianni Ruffino (drums).
They were influenced by bands such as Fleshgod Apocalypse, Megadeth, Cannibal Corpse, Black Sabbath and Slayer when they formed in mid 2012. At Rockquest they performed an original called “Kombat Khameleon”.
All in all, the band has an exuberant sound as well as some infectious personalities. Their seamless stage presence made them look like they were really enjoying themselves; an attitude that seemed to be expressed in the audience as well. Daniil’s vocals were especially impressive considering it was his first time performing and the spoken section of Kombat Khameleon was definitely a crowd favourite.
Thomas Bell summed up his views on the performance:
“Regarding the performance, there are always aspects we can improve on. A couple of days before Rockquest, the song was barely recognizable. In all honesty, we sounded pretty terrible. I was pretty stressed out about how we would sound at Rockquest and if we’d even be able to manage it, but we really drove ourselves at the last possible moment. When Rockquest finally came around, we weren’t quite as well-oiled as I would have liked. There were still a few kinks to be worked out, but we had a real passion for the idea of performance. We were sick to death of the song itself, but the idea of performing it live to hundreds of people gave us the energy we needed to put on a relatively engaging show. I’m hoping like hell that we don’t pull through at the last minute again. We’ve written a song for the regional finals that’s slightly more aggressive, slightly more intense and should be slightly more fun to play.” – Thomas Bell (guitar, vocals)
Characterized by a lack of commitment and ultra laid back attitude, the band’s Facebook page mainly consists of poorly photo-shopped photos of the band, mostly with beards. Speaking of which, just go chuck them a like, it’s great fun I assure you. If I haven’t convinced you yet, I’m sure their lush hairstyles will 100% change your mind.
Don’t let their jokes fool you though, the band has a lot of potential and I hope they attract a big crowd at the Regionals because I think they really deserve it.
False Disciple managed to get through to the Regional Finals for Rockquest 2014.
If anyone is interested in seeing them play, rock on down to the Aurora Centre on Friday the 13th June, 2014 at 7:00pm. Tickets cost $10.
For more information on the competition, I also recommend liking the Smokefreerockquest page.