On the Floor: Hard stuff

Members of Incarnate 2008, OUSA, Battle of the Bands winner, from left, Mike Mitchell, 20,...
Members of Incarnate 2008, OUSA, Battle of the Bands winner, from left, Mike Mitchell, 20, Brendon McHattie, 18, Daniel Shea, 18 and Hamish Gavin, 18. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Dunedin rock bands Incarnate and Made In China are taking their big rock sounds to some of the region's smaller places, as well as heading for one of Christchurch's favourite venues.

Both bands have EPs out and have played an array of solid supporting sets to established bands.

Incarnate won this year's OUSA Battle of The Bands.

The band formed in 2005, and came out of Mike Mitchell's need for a NCEA level three music performance assignment.

Singer Daniel Shea says his singing style comes from bands he was listening to in his early to mid-teens.

"I was heavily influenced by the vocalist of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, when I was 14 and 15, but as I got older I grew into faster and more technical styles of bands such as Pantera, Metallica and Protest the Hero."

He says this tour is the biggest the band's been on so far.

"The tour has seven dates and we aren't going past Christchurch this time round."

Brendan McHattie says people can expect to be blown away at the band's shows.

"Made in China and Incarnate's styles complement each other well, as we both have tight and groovy hard-rocking sets which both bands have worked very hard on over the past few weeks."

Guitarist and singer Mike Mitchell says the band has been refining its sound in the time it has been together.

"I think our new songs which we have written for the tour would be our best yet and I can't wait to play them live."

On the web: www. dunedinmusic. com, www. amplifier. co. nz, www. myspace.com/madeinchinabandnz, or www. myspace. com/incarnatenz

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