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Sit Down In Front in NZ final

Gisborne punk band Sit Down in Front was last night named one of the 10 national finalists for the SmokefreeRockquest.

They will play in the national finals in Auckland in September but the old school punk band of young musicians is already catching the attention of New Zealand music magazines, radio stations and headline rock bands.

After recording their song Rain at Roundhead Studios with producer Greg Haver, who has worked with the likes of Manic Street Preachers and Kimbra, the track reached number 7 on the NZ singles music charts within the first week of its release. Rain also made it to playlists on Hauraki and the Rock radio stations; Radio 13, Channel Z and in May NZ On Air selected it as one of the new tracks of the month.

The band has been interviewed for features in NZ Musician magazine, and Hamilton Underground Press. Music reviewer Paul Goddard described the band’s sound as classic punk in the vein of The Sex Pistols “and vocalist Cory Newman has the required angsty snotty vocal perfectly nailed.”

Sit Down in Front most recently performed as support act in a sell-out Villainy concert at the Power Station in Auckland.

“Boasting the seasoned age of 15, Gisborne surf punks and SmokefreeRockquest finalists Sit Down in Front opened the night with a level of confidence and presence beyond their experience,” enthused reviewer Molly O’Brien.

On its morning Drive show, Auckland radio station the Rock quoted photographer Chris Morgan who was at the show.

“Never in my 10 years as a tour photographer have I witnessed a crowd reaction to a minor opener like I did last night.”

Sit Down In Front finished their set to a screaming crowd wanting more, he said.

“These guys are still in high school and they weren’t even allowed to hang around downstairs after their set as they’re under 18.

“Super-stardom here they come.”

Sit Down in Front rock the Smash Palace stage tonight as support act for another hard-working local band, Uni-fi.

GIZZY HARDCORE: Made up of vocalist Cory Newman (left), bass player Roman Benson, guitarist Jackson Clarke and drummer Rikki Noble, schoolboy punk band Sit Down in Front was announced last night as one of SmokefreeRockquest’s 10 national finalists. Picture by Liam Clayton