It's all hotting up here, isn't it? Four bands are through to the semi-finals - Seed Of Sorrow, Bring Back VHS, Bite Nite and Hired Guns. Who will join them? What's On North take a look at Heat 5's artists hoping to make a name for themselves on Friday...
An indie-rock band from Inverness with big choruses, big ballads and good harmonies, they describe their chief influences as Feeder, U2 and Oasis. High standards to live up to, perhaps, but you can definitely hear the influences they've had with the dreamy guitar riffs and the vocal harmonies (and indeed the vocal styles) on display.
An unashamedly pop-punk band from Alness, Shaped are a interesting mixture of early Paramore and Garbage – and not just because they too have a lady-singer. Actually, it's more the hooks – the same spitting mixture of bratty vocals and catchy riffs that combined so well to make these bands so popular. They're a relatively new prospect, but they're too interesting to ignore in this competition.
(I don't have anything here I can embed, however their recordings can be found here - http://shaped.yolasite.com/songs.php)
Now, this is interesting – we've only got some country-tinged pop rock. With two singers, Lauren Black and Marc Davidson, Neon Knights were born from the ashes of Thousand Stars. They're clearly talented, with some wonderful vocal interplay and excellent songs. Indeed, their songs have been crafted with meticulous attention to detail – take from that what you wish.
Heat 5 of The Eagle's Battle Of The Band contest takes place on Friday 17th. If you're an aspiring musician currently beating your chest with rage having not entered, don't worry – we have our own contest where you can win a slot at Belladrum Festival! For more information, go to http://www.whatson-north.co.uk/Whats-On/Lead-Stories/The-hunt-is-on-for-a-Highlands-superstar-10122013.htm.