The two younger boys in this picture are my grandsons, Rob,14, (second left) who plays the drums and Ed,16, (far right) keyboard and bass guitar. The story says all the rest except that I am one Very Proud Grandma.
Teesside rockers Electric Nightmares progress in band contest
Mar 17 2009 by Mike Blackburn, Evening Gazette
TEENAGE rockers Electric Nightmares triumphed at the North-east Finals of Live and Unsigned, the UK’s largest talent search for live original acts.
The Middlesbrough quartet, whose average age is just 15, will now go on to compete against bands from Scotland for a place in the national final.
The youngsters have made it this far against 10,000 applicants plus live auditions, to the North-east finals which took place at the Tyne Theatre in Newcastle on Sunday.
They played two songs in front of hundreds of fans and a professional panel of judges. The first was one of their own compositions, Leave in Pieces, which they followed up, appropriately, with a cover of Teenage Kicks.
Of the acts making it through to the northern final, Electric Nightmares are the only youngsters.
But the day was not without drama.
Drummer Robb Maynard, the youngest in the band at 14, sprained his wrist just hours before the performance. But he strapped it up and played through the pain.
Robb said: “Waiting in the dressing room and then backstage before we went on was torture. But once we were on stage it was brilliant. We just played our hearts out.”
Jessi Stephenson, bass player, Rob's cousin and fellow 14-year-old said of the results: “We were all lined up backstage together waiting while they read out the judges’ decision.
“It was like something of the X Factor.
“They really dragged it out. When they called out our name first, we just couldn’t believe it. We just looked at each other before running on stage.”
The band are now preparing for the Northern Final on May 2 at the Tyne Theatre. They will go up against the other finalists from the North and Scotland for a place in the national final at Portsmouth Guildhall on June 27. That 2,000-capacity venue will include guests from recording agencies and the music business, including major record labels.