Evershot hosted it's first ever Battle of the Bands on Saturday the 22nd April 2006, the event was very well attended. The competition was open to the first eight bands who got their applications in before the deadline. All bands had to be Dorset based, un-signed and under 30. Band play order was pulled out of a hat [actually it was Karen's hands in the car park].

TAKE IT AS RED were unlucky to play first as the audience was a little thin at 8.00pm but they opened the show with a cracking set including a Jimi Hendrix cover, it was their first ever public performance and they were superb.

Each band were asked to play one cover and two of their own original compositions.

THRUSH were next, followed by PARIAH and then PALINGENESIS... all giving confident performances.

THRUSH kept us all in suspense with a few technical problems which PARIAH's drummer and guitarist gallantly helped them with [something about a pedal and a lead].

WILLY BORRELL was right when he told us PARIAH were going to set us on fire! Because they did with a NIRVANA cover and 'Run away from life' which helped them win the Beaminister school Battle of the Bands this year when they played as OBSEQUEY. The current line-up had been formed just five hours prior to performance.

PALINGENESIS frightened the young and the old with their fabulous make-up and their cover of 'You Spin Me' by 'Dead or Alive' was truly memorable. Zacharly, the gravely voiced singer lead the band with great stage presence.

MANTRA our youngest contestants proved to be very popular with their audience, wooing the crowd with a RADIOHEAD cover and enviable naturally curly hair. They did amazing well up against much older contestants with un-naturally coloured hair.

Resident DJ and VJ - NOT BOTHERED did quite well colour mixing stolen footage and projecting onto the stage until someone decided to accidently unplug his extension cable and crashed his impressive set-up. Bands are now queuing up for his wacky visual projection services and you can contact him here

3 MINUTE HEROS were the last minute heroes stepping into the lime light at short notice as two of the original applicants dropped out. They played a stunningly tight set despite the stage lights failing and the projector blowing up. Un-phased they played on in semi-darkness and then under the harsh reality lighting of a single 100watt light bulb. True professionals. Their RAZORLIGHT cover amused our compare WILLY BORRELL as his brother did the original. Thanks to John Grimshaw's heroics, a 8ft step ladder in the middle of the dance floor and a spot of rewiring the lights miraclously came back to life for their final song.

THE DAZE proved they had it what it took to win the peoples vote. The dance floor was heaving, the girls were screaming, the mums were crying and even the Dad's put their drinks down to clap a bit. THE DAZE were the undisputed winners of the First ever Evershot Battle of the Bands, with the fullest shoebox of votes.

THE DAZE will be playing at the Evershot Street fair on the May 28th.

BOY LE MONTI the vintage ska band wound it back and after two or three tracks our ear drums were nearly fully functional and the floorboards bounced until gone midnight with everybody dancing.

None of this would have been possible without the brilliant sound engineering skills of MES sound. Henry, Richard and Geoff all turned up at 3 in the afternoon and stayed to the bitter end. They took no stick from any of the bands and whipped the chaos into a slick and professional performance. Not once were we subjected screeching feedback, missing vocals or white noise. Brilliant.

Thanks to everyone front of house and behind the bar for making another BAND-ON event a huge success.

If you have pictures you would like us to post then please send them to us via email. If your band has a website then please let us know. If there is a band that you think should play Evershot... then get it touch!




Village Hall


8pm Saturday April 22

£5 adults, £2.50 under 18s

Evershot is hosting its very first Battle of the Bands. It will see nine acts from around the region competing for a trophy and a slot at the village's street fair in May.

Vintage ska act Boy Le Monti are headlining the event and MC for the evening is Willy Borrell, from MTV's Willy Borrell and the Commodore of Nice.

Band On, a group of promoters committed to bringing live music to the village, are organizing the contest.

All proceeds from the contest will go towards the upkeep of the village hall.

Battle of the Bands is open to any non-professional band with original material and whose members are all under 30 years old.

Competing bands include Poison Tree, Mantra, the Adam Tubb Band, the Daze, Thrush, Palingenesis, Pariah, Three Minute Heroes and Take it as Red.

Editors Note

Evershot based On have been promoting live music in the village for the past two and a half years.

Over the last 25 years Evershot village hall has played host to PJ Harvey and Billy Bragg.

For band photos and further information please call Sarah Langley 01935 83860. Or contact us at:

Competing bands include:


Poison Tree from Dorchester and Weymouth , influences include Placebo, Smashing Pumpkins, Bush and JJ72.

They will be covering Teenage Angst by Placebo and playing their own tracks Sad Eyes Vacant Smile and Hey Peachy!

Band members are Ned Miles, 16, guitar and vocals, Ed Edge, 16, guitar, Rob Edge, bass, Mike Shaffeie, 16, drums


Mantra from Bridport, influences include Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, the Eagles and Radiohead.

They will be covering Street Spirit by Radiohead and playing their own tracks The Man who Can't be Named and Soul Searcher

Band members are Jamie, 12, drums, Finn, 12, guitar, Lewis, 12, guitar, Corbin, 12, bass


The Adam Tubb Band from Bridport, influences include Explosions in the Sky and Radiohead.

They will be covering Go To Sleep by Radiohead and playing their own tracks La Riviere and Little Lune.

Band members are Adam Tubb, 17, Aaron Hull Smith, 16, Calum Croft, 17 and Joe Poole 17


The Daze from Charminster, influences include mod and rock.

They will be covering I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor by Arctic Monkeys and playing their own tracks Skin And Bone and Lies in Hand.

Band members are Lee Watts, 19, guitar, Thom Burdett, 19, bass, Alex Burt, 19, drums and Kerrin Hutchins, 19, lead guitar.


Thrush from Dorchester , influences include The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Dead Kennedys, The Ramones, Rage Against The Machine and The Doors.

They will be covering House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals (TBC) and playing their own tracks The Flying Nest and Her Velvet Wiget.

Band members are Edward, 19, guitar and vocals, Liam, 18, base and Paul, 20, drums and vocals.


Palingenesis from Broadmead, influences include Marilyn Manson, Cradle of Filth, Otep, Slipknot and Rob Zombie.

They will be covering You Spin Me Right Round by Dead or Alive and playing their own tracks Lucification and Darkness.

Band members are Zacharly, bass and vocals, James, drums and Bazil, guitar.


Pariah from Evershot and Bridport, influences include System of the Down, QOTSA, Nirvana and Muse.

They will be covering No one Knows by QOTSA and playing their own tracks TBC

Band members are Joseph Trudgeon, 15, drums, Will Pownall, 15, bass and vocals and Jake Sparks, 14, guitar and backing vocals.


Three Minute Heroes from Dorchester , influences include The Jam, Paul Weller, The Selector, The Ordinary Boys, The Kinks and Razorlight.

They will be covering Stumble and Fall by Razorlight and playing their own tracks Live Without It and Fifteen Minutes.

Band members are Sam Travis, 16, vocals, Adam Hutchings, 16, vocals and bass, Kyle Mollisan, 16, guitar, Tom Howe, 16, guitar and Charli Meland, 16, drums.

TAKE IT AS RED (First reserve band)

Take it as Red from Bridport and Beaminster, influences include classical, electropop and Norwegian death metal.

They will be playing their own tracks Fall of Communism and Dance Girl Dance.

Band members are Ed Eckersall, 18, bass and Jason Beavis, 18, guitar and synth.

Sean Topham

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