CONSTRUCTION ROCKS 2017

Den 7 april 2017 arrangerade WSP i Göteborg den ultimata rockbandstävlingen för samhällsbyggnadssektorn – Construction Rocks. I år blev det Liljewallsbandet ”The Studio One Hustle” som sjöng och spelade sig till seger, efter hård konkurrens från Sweco, Volvo Cars, Wingårdhs och WSP!

Sedan 2007 har tävlingen ägt rum i bland annat London, Sydney, Auckland, Washington D.C. och (sedan 2016) i Göteborg. Fem band gör upp på scen under 15 minuter var, och utifrån domarnas och publikens röster koras slutligen en vinnare. Här kan du se en film från årets västsvenska bandbatalj!

En av tävlingens upphovsmän, Bill Price från WSP UK, var domare vid Construction Rocks 2017 i Göteborg. Här är hans egna ord om kvällen:

The dust is starting to settle following the second Construction Rocks Gothenburg event. Five bands took part, and gave us 2½ hours of rock pleasure before a ‘house band’ played the evening out with another hour of fine rock tunes. The Sticky Fingers venue once again proved to be the perfect setting for the contest, with its genuine rock history being well known in Gothenburg.

The MC for the evening was Linda Leijonberg, and the first band started playing at about 8 pm. The judges were Peder Wahlgren of property company Wallenstam, Bruce Emms of the MUG guitar shop next door, and Bill Price of WSP – founder of Construction Rocks. Each band had a 15 minute performance slot in which to impress the judges and the audience. The judges views were further informed by a ‘cheer-chant-and-clapometer’ in the form of a sound level indicator used after the last performance by each band. The following notes reflect some of the points the judges discussed in their deliberations.

Band 1 – Bo Gertz Orkester (Wingårdhs)
This seven piece band featuring keys and a harmonica gave us a very musical and balanced introduction to the evening. The lead singers voice had a mellow tone (and to some extent side burns) reminiscent of Neil Young or Lou Reed. There was plenty of depth and colour in the sound, with the band clearly enjoying the occasion. The extra impact of backing vocals was a great addition to the band’s tight sound and rather complex tunes. Although they over ran the time limit by almost three minutes, the judges felt this was very acceptable given the band’s enjoyable effort in the opening slot of the event.

Band 2 – General Disarray (Volvo)
The first thing to get straight is that there was no disarray in this excellent four piece band. They had a great sound, a very strong lead singer and were all experienced players clearly paying attention to each other. The back line was solid and the second guitar threw in some delicate solos to add further to the enjoyment. The harmony singing on the second song was particularly well done. The crowd was very enthusiastic, and one of the judges even said that there was now a strong possibility he would buy a Volvo.

Band 3 – Wannabe Spaceship Pilots (WSP)
This band totally looked and sounded the part. A collection of classic Van Halen hair styles, stage gymnastics, bespoke clothing, and of course massive guitar, bass and driving drum rhythm. The lead guitarist in (apparently) hand crafted flared, thigh gripping, red and white striped stretch pants still managed to slip in mini guitar riffs and solos to add to the picture. The band was constantly on the move, swapping places, standing on the drum riser and generally cavorting and jumping around the stage. The crowd loved them and sang along heartily. A point mentioned by one of the judges was about the lack of a keys player on the classic song ”Jump”. The use of a backing track for such a prominent riff was felt to be less than ideal. The great harmony singing almost made up for it, but not quite. The band played slightly under the time limit, and might have considered throwing in another song (though possibly not more Van Halen…)

Band 4 – Sweco Sound System (Sweco)
After a slightly nervous start, the band soon ramped up to full strength with attention to timing and coordination. They gave themselves quite a task, as the chosen songs were all quite difficult – not least the tricky Journey song ”Don’t Stop Believin'”. The drummer was solid and the unison guitar playing was executed extremely well. The keyboard player could have been given a bit more ‘space’ to add colour and balance (seen best in the final song). The lead singer did a good job and took care to engage with the audience as well as introduce her fine musicians.

Band 5 – Studio One Hustle (Liljewall)
The evening finished with a good looking seven piece who chose a good selection of crowd pleasing tunes, including the opening Stones tune ”Gimme Shelter”. The front man was also a great guitarist and worked well with his two backing singers throughout. The back line of drums, bass and keys were probably the best of the evening as they effortlessly delivered balance and support for the guitars and vocals. The band got the audience and fan club dancing and singing, although the effects of the bar could have played a part in that (this being after 10 pm and all). The performers all looked like they were having fun, enjoying the moment and generally being in the groove.

The clapometer scores had General Disarray in the lead, marginally ahead of one other band and the judges took this into consideration as they deliberated. Five minutes later, a unanimous conclusion was reached and they headed for the stage where all members of all bands had assembled ready for the award of the coveted plastic Flying V guitar. Linda announced how the final part of the evening would run and welcomed the judges. Bruce and Bill both explained how much they had enjoyed the event and what a fantastically high standard all the bands were.

Peder then described what a tough decision it had been, since the bands were all superb. He went on to reveal however that the prize for Best Band in 2017 was going to Studio One Hustle who had been last on, played brilliantly and embodied the spirit of the occasion so well. Studio One Hustle seemed initially shocked and surprised but soon realised the plastic guitar was theirs… at least until CR 2018.

The judges were particularly grateful to the WSP team in Gothenburg who had masterminded the event, and created such a fantastic evening of camaraderie across the industry.

Bill Price
WSP
8 April 2017

PROGRAM

Fredag 7 April 2017 – Sticky Fingers, Kaserntorget 7

19:00 – Dörrarna öppnas
19:30 – Battle of the bands
22:30 – Dj spelar fram till stängningsdags

Fem band gör upp på scen. Vinnaren utses genom domarnas och publikens röstning.
Biljetter köper du genom att mejla johan.scheuer@wspgroup.se

STICKY FINGERS

Många är de kända artister som stått på Sticky Fingers scen sedan man först slog upp portarna, 1998. Positionen som Göteborgs mest aktiva rockklubb, framför allt på live-fronten, stärktes ytterligare när den nya konsertlokalen Top Floor öppnade 2002.

Idag är Sticky Fingers ett fyra våningars nöjespalats, med alltifrån hårdrock på källarvåningen till dansant pop, rock och indie på entréplan, och house, soul, funk, hip-hop och R&B på övervåningen Top Floor. På de båda scenerna uppträder såväl lokala förmågor som internationellt kända artister.

BANDEN

WSP
The eighties called – they want their hair back! Wannabe Spaceship Pilots var unga och entusiastiska när pudelrocken härjade som värst. Nu tar de tillfället i akt att återuppliva en genre som kanske inte hade lika mycket självdistans som den borde ha haft, men det försöker de rätta till genom att framföra några örhängen av Van Halen med vår egen David Lee Roth Johansson vid rodret. Peruker och spandexbrallor på, nu kör vi!

Liljewall
Ingenting har förändrats. Ärren och rösterna har bara djupnat. Stålet i gitarrsträngarna skär skarpare. Kläderna smiter åt tajtare. Trumslagen och hjärtana slår ännu hårdare. The Studio One Hustle står stadigt på scenen för andra året i rad.

Sweco
Swecobandet ”Sweco sound systems” var förra året rykande färskt, även om delar av gruppen haft en bakgrund i andra Swecoband i Stockholm och Göteborg. Nu har dock bandet haft ett år på sig, är grymt taggade för en revansch, och dessutom kompletterat uppsättningen med en tidigare medlem från State of Drama. Bandmedlemmarna har en gedigen musikalisk bakgrund med medverkan i ett antal olika typer av band som spelat såväl rock, hårdrock och progressiv rock som pop, soul, jazz, gospel, m.m.

Volvo Car Corporation
General Disarray bildades 1974 ur spillrorna av Humble Pie, Grand Funk Railroad och James Gang. Succén lät vänta på sig till december 2016, men då spelade man å andra sidan så att Hisingen fick slagsida och började driva över mot Danmark… i alla fall enligt legenden. Bandet rör sig i genren gitarrbaserad rockmusik. Om de slipper så skriver de helst inga egna låtar.

Wingårdhs
Bo Gertz uppstod 2006 för ett enda bejublat framträdande i Tofta vid en av Wingårdhs ökända firmafester. Bandet som hibernerade i ett decennium återvänder nu till Construction Rocks-scenen för att försvara fjolårets seger. Vitt spridda kompetenser från hårdrock, blues och soul till indie och dansband samlas i nervdallrande tolkningar av Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds musik.

TÄVLINGSREGLER

– Tävlingen är öppen för alla företag inom samhällsbyggnadssektorn.

– Bandmedlemmarna måste komma från er företagsorganisation. En extern medlem är tillåten, men inga professionella sångare.

– Högst sju bandmedlemmar

– Covers och originallåtar är lika välkomna. Musikgenren är valfri.

– Varje band får 15 minuter på scen.

– Alla band ska lämna en kort ”biografitext” där medlemmarna och bandhistoriken presenteras. Materialet användas i marknadsföringen av eventet.

– Varje band ska köpa in och sälja 40 st. biljetter à 100 kr. Försäljning får enbart ske till branschkollegor, inom eller utanför ert företag. Biljetten berättigar till inträde och en öl/dryck.

– Ytterligare biljetter kommer finnas tillgängliga för förköp och vid dörren.

– Varje band skall skicka en representant till ett planeringsmöte ca sex veckor före eventet.

– PA, mickar och backline (trummor, två gitarriggar och en basrigg) kommer finnas på scenen. Bandmedlemmarna ombesörjer övriga instrument och utrustning. Soundcheck och turordningslista publiceras senare.

ANMÄL ER HÄR!

KONTAKTA OSS

För mer information:

johan.scheuer@wspgroup.se – 0706-68 24 19
anna-lena.peterson@wspgroup.se – 0703-36 64 47

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