Oamaru band Kudos defeated 13 other bands to reign supreme at the Smokefree Rockquest Regional Finals held at the Theatre Royal in Timaru on Friday.
The band were the only group from Oamaru taking part, with the rest of the acts coming from the Timaru area.
What was even more impressive for Kudos was that they were the first band up on the night and no other band could impress the judges as much after them.
Lead singer Joe Martin said it was awesome for the band to win.
“We are really stoked with the win. It was really cool to be announced as the winners.”
Joe said they were a bit surprised at first when they found out they had won.
“We were surprised we had won. But now we have we are looking forward to making the video we need to and hopefully gain the chance to attend the National Rockquest Finals in Auckland.
“We held a practice on Tuesday before the rockquest and some friends came over and decided which of our originals they liked best and which ones we should sing,” he said.
The two songs the band sang were called No.3 and Changed.
The band were also the winners of the People’s Choice Award, showing Oamaru got in behind their only act at the regional finals.
“It was awesome to see people voted for us and that we have followers in Oamaru,” Joe said.
Band member Jack Sinclair said it would be awesome if they made it to the finals in Auckland, and even if they didn’t win, it wouldn’t matter, as many of the well-known New Zealand bands of late hadn’t won rockquest.
“We’d love to make the nationals, but we have to see what happens,” Jack said.
They now must make a video for the judges, which will be judged in August, then the successful applicants will be notified.
The band will receive a $250 cheque from Stephen Robertson of L.J Hookers to help with video costs.The band thanked Jay and Miriam Bedford, Main St Music, the Penguin Club and Angelique Healey for their support.
By BRAYDEN LINDSAY