Local Rock Act Wins Band Battle

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The battle of the bands is a long-held tradition in the rock scene. In Winnipeg alone, there are over a dozen battles per year, introducing audiences to emerging talent at clubs and venues throughout the city. Band battles allow artists to pool audiences and cut their teeth live, offering needed exposure and a great live show for music fans.

One of Winnipeg's biggest and longest running battles, Search RA NRG, culminated on May 6 at The Pyramid with local rock quintet The Morning After taking the grand prize. The Morning After wins a trip to Vancouver for this year's New Music West conference and festival as well as a three-song demo to be recorded at Unison Studios, the outfit behind the annual band search.

Barely a year old, The Morning After has already started to impress critics and audiences at gigs throughout Winnipeg. They claim influences like the Beatles, Radiohead, and Pink Floyd, and are becoming known for their energetic songs. Each of the five band members - Jean-Guy Roy (guitar, vocals), Stan Unrau (guitar, vocals), Jon Carr (keyboards), Randal Kehler (bass), and Wes Unrau (drums) - share in the writing process, making unique collaborative effort. The band is currently hard at work on an EP and will be performing next with fellow Unison Studios alums Quinzy on May 20 and 21 at Dylan O'Connor's.

The four-year-old Unison Studios has been the recent recording home of bands like Vanderveen, Tele, and Castrati as well as The Morning After and Quinzy.

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