Rain man: Bring The Rain turns it on at the showgrounds.
Rain man: Bring The Rain turns it on at the showgrounds. Bruce Thomas

Accolades rain on Coffs band

THE skies stayed clear and they didn’t win, but local outfit Bring The Rain has stamped itself as a band to watch after a knockout performance in the Australian Red Bull Bedroom Jam competition.

Bring The Rain hosted a private gig at the showgrounds on the weekend, which was headlined by perennial touring band Bluejuice, who praised the winners, the Melbourne-based Way With Words.

“Way With Words were rhythmically very tight and showed impressive song-writing chops that belie their age,” said Bluejuice bass guitarist Jamie Cibej.

“They can carry our gear any time.”

Bring The Rain won the right to host the gig after attracting the most on-line interest of the more than 100 bands vying for an $80,000 trip to Los Angeles for a recording session.

The showgrounds venue was re-decorated to appear like a private backyard, in keeping with the theme of the bedroom webcast concert.

On-line music identity Lucy Hearn from Myspace Australia was one of the judges.

“It’s hard to define what will make a band ‘the next big thing’. Whatever ‘it’ is, Way With Words have it in spades,” Ms Hearn said.

Alturistic reasons were at least partly behind the motivation for Bluejuice to play at the final between competing unsigned bands.

“We received a Red Bull emerging artist of the year award at the Australian Music Prize, so our relationship with Red Bull goes back a long time. They took us to the ARIAS. This is the first time we’ve played a gig for them, so it seemed like the time to give something back,” said Bluejuice’s Stav Yiannoukas

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