Jiggi heavy rockers dig deep
ROCK ‘n’ roll is not dead.
The proof lies in Jiggi heavy rock trio Jamhog taking out the final of the ‘Mother of All Band Comps’ at Mary Gilhooleys One Bar and Nightclub in Lismore on Thursday night.
Jamhog, made up of Jiggi locals Jamie Uren (drummer), Tom Learmonth (bass player) and Paul Mills (singer/guitarist), pipped nine other bands to bag the first prize – a cheque for $3000.
The band’s line-up of thumping rock originals, reminiscent of rock greats Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix and Motorhead, stole the show.
Audience members of the packed One Nightclub were blown away by songs like Snake Whiskey, Wicked Wheel and The Rath of Baby Jesus.
“We are totally stoked to have won. The line-up of bands was amazing – we were not confident,” Mills said.
“The competition was really tough. There was such a variety of acts, from funk to folk and jazz, and they were all great bands and any one of them could have won.
“Winning three grand is a complete bonus. It means we can buy our own PA and put some money towards recording an EP.”
Mary Gilhooleys One Bar and Nightclub entertainment manager and Mother of All Band Comps judge, Cath Simes, said the standard was very high.
“The judges agonised over who should be in the top three,” Simes said.
“But I think we made the right decision. Jamhog were amazing for a three-piece. They had such a massive sound and they looked like they belonged up there.
“But all the bands were amazing. The comp has demonstrated the depth of music talent that lives in this area.
“The Mother of All Band Comps will definitely be back next year.”
Second prize of $1500 went to Bats vs Snakes and third prize of $500 went to Charlotte Marshall and the 45s.