Inner Western Sydney band Spruced Moose wins Rockin’ the Puburbs
Inner West alt-rock band Spruced Moose has won the 2018 Rockin’ the Puburbs live music competition.
“As a panel, we considered Spruced Moose displayed a talent and raw energy, and we are excited to watch as they develop further,” said AHA NSW director of liquor and policing John Green – one of the judges.
“Spruced Moose was the band which most reflected what Rockin’ the Puburbs is about – giving aspiring musicians an opportunity. They were the winners from a quality field.”
Almost 200 acts entered the competition.
AHA NSW CEO John Whelan said the competition is all about supporting live music in pubs.
“Many of Australia’s top music acts first got their start down at their local and the aim of Rockin’ the Puburbs is to support local music talent and give them a leg up in the industry,” he said.
“This competition is part of the AHA’s strong tradition of support for live music and I congratulate Spruced Moose on their win.”
The band will now receive the support of up to $12,000 towards a pub tour from AHA NSW, with additional support from Young Henrys.
Nigel Malcolm (keyboard), Alex Blair (electric guitar), Angus Bowring (vocals), Declan Bowring (bass guitar) and James Angus Mackinnon (drums) will also receive $3,000 towards a dedicated tour publicist and a mentoring session with an APRA AMCOS industry ambassador – worth approximately $15,000 in value.
The Top 10 Rockin’ the Puburbs finalists for 2018 were:
Chasing Giants (pop/rock/R&B/soul) – Newtown
Dande & The Lion (pop/rock) – Western Suburbs/ Northern Beaches
Fiction Writer (rock) – Sydney
Grizzlee Train (rock/alt/blues’n’roots) – Central Coast
Michael Dechesne (blues’n’roots) – Baulkham Hills
Mooki (electronic/alternative/hip hop) – Rockdale
Pirra (pop/rock/alt) – Sydney
Romi (electronic folk) – Petersham
Spruced Moose (alternative) – Inner West
Tullara (country/folk/blues’n’roots) – Ramornie