Rockers reach regional music final

Memoria, regional finalists Live and Unsigned'Left to right; Tom Orchard, Luke Morgan, Matt Hewitt and Jordan Gregory.'Picture taken at the Washington Arts Centre practice rooms.
Memoria, regional finalists Live and Unsigned'Left to right; Tom Orchard, Luke Morgan, Matt Hewitt and Jordan Gregory.'Picture taken at the Washington Arts Centre practice rooms.
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HEAVY-rocking teens are making a big noise after reaching the next round of a national competition.

Five piece rock outfit Memoria have made it to the regional final of Live and Unsigned, the UK’s largest music competition for unsigned artists.

Tom Orchid, 16, drummer in the band, is enjoying their current success.

Tom, from Washington, said: “It was amazing to get through because only about 25 per cent of everyone got through to the regionals.”

The five-piece band beat off stiff competition from hundreds of other acts who had entered.

Although they have only been together for seven months, they have already developed a tight bond.

Tom, who is a student at Sunderland College, said: “The band have a real sense of humour and the product we make at the end is really great.”

The rest of the band are made up by 19-year-old Matt Hewitt, who is lead singer, Luke Morgan, 18, on lead guitar, Jordan Gregory, 16, who plays bass and Jamie Lowes, 19, on rhythm guitar and synths.

Tom said the band have their sights on a huge future in the music industry with Live and Unsigned just being the start of things to come.

“A world tour would be great,” said Tom. “You’ve got to aim high.”

Tom has been playing the drums for two years and was inspired to do so by his drumming mum.

He said: “I had always watched her play and it sparked my interest, but she was more classical.”

The boys will perform at The Sage Gateshead to try to secure a place in the finals at the O2 Arena in London.

Prizes up for grabs for the winner of Live and Unsigned include studio time, top quality music gear and slots at music festivals across the UK.

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