Round three has healthy mix of talent

NARELLE BUTCHERSound Telegraph

Two soloists will compete against three bands in heat three of the Rockingham Hotel’s Battle of the Bands contest.

Shoalwater singer and songwriter Clinton Stanley will perform as Creative Flow, showcasing his original work, including acoustic, blues and hard rock.

“Creative Flow came about because I like to play a diverse range of music,” he said.

“I’m going to perform a range of my songs in a stripped down acoustic version for the competition.”

Stemming from a musical family, Stanley said he became serious about song writing in his teens.

“I started to develop my own style and the writing and singing came from there,” he said.

“I found I wanted to say something, so I started writing songs.”

Friday night’s performance will be Stanley’s first attempt in the annual contest.

“I was hoping to get a bit of exposure,” he said.

“It’s not about winning. For me it’s about getting some feedback from the panel of judges and the crowd.

“I’m hoping to bring something different with my style of lyric writing and an acoustic edge.”

Stanley will be up against fellow soloist Mick Harding, performing under the stage name The Shipping Forecast. Harding, from Waikiki, is hoping this year proves third time lucky.

“I’ve performed in the Battle of the Bands twice before,” he said.

“The first time I got to the semifinals and the second time I made it to the wildcard round.”

Inspired by Mumford and Sons, The Killers and Coldplay, Harding’s set will include a mix of original and cover indi/folk tunes.

Three-piece band Running in Rome hopes it has what it takes to impress the judges.

Port Kennedy’s Jake Mullineux, 19, and Baldivis’ Sean Moring, 21, play alongside Perth-based Emily Petrie, 17, in the new outfit.

“We have been playing together since June,” Moring said. “We’d class ourselves as an indi/alternative rock band.

“We will be performing two covers on the night — you have to throw a few crowd-pleasers in there.”

Moring described the band as seasoned performers and said time in a recording studio was a drawing card.

“We have an album ready to go, we are all set,” he said.

Time Delegates and Social Madness will also be taking to the stage.

HEAT 2 WINNERS:

Silence to the Left and Hearts for Stones

HEAT 3:

Friday, September 20, 7pm

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