The Habits Nick Fitzpatrick (Bass) Ben Cox (Drums) Sam Shine (Gutiar) and Dan Clark (Vocals) are the first band to register for the Battle of the Bands to be held at the Cherry street Bowling club from 17 of November.
The Habits Nick Fitzpatrick (Bass) Ben Cox (Drums) Sam Shine (Gutiar) and Dan Clark (Vocals) are the first band to register for the Battle of the Bands to be held at the Cherry street Bowling club from 17 of November. Doug Eaton

Mix indie, pop, western and folk and you get The Habits

IF you've never heard a band describe its music as "spaghetti western disco", then you need to listen to The Habits.

The Byron Bay-based band formed two years ago, with lead singer Dan Clark, bass player Nick Fitzpatrick, guitar player Sam Shine and drummer Ben Cox.

At first they only played covers. But Dan said after a while they started sneaking original tunes into sets.

"The originals became really popular and after a while we decided to just stick with playing our own stuff," he said.

The boys say their sound is a mix of indie, pop, western and folk.

The Habits released their first EP, We Own the Night, earlier this year, and work is already underway on the follow-up.

They've recently played high-profile gigs at the Great Northern Hotel and the Beach Hotel at Byron Bay.

And now they reckon they're in with a pretty good chance to win the Battle of the Bands competition at Cherry Street Sports Club on Australia Day.

"Nick's mum told us about the competition," Sam said.

"That's cool, right?"

The Habits was the first group to register for the Battle of the Bands, and heats start at the bowlo on November 17.

Bands only need to be available for one heat, and then the semi-final and finals if they progress through the competition.

All equipment is provided, just bring your instruments and plug in.

Cherry Street Sports Club's general manager Tere Sheehan said the winner of each heat would go through to the semi-finals, with the grand final on Australia Day.

"This is something that we want everyone to come along and enjoy; it will be a great atmosphere," he said.

"The heats and the finals will be held outdoors on the back green.

"We'll have three guest judges who are totally independent of our club and the judging will be based on performance, but also on crowd participation, so bands should encourage their friends and groupies to come along and get involved."

First prize is $2000 in cash, six paid gigs at Cherry Street Sports Club and eight hours of studio time.

Second prize is $1000 in cash and six paid gigs, while third place is $500.

"The Battle of the Bands will provide really good exposure," Mr Sheehan said.

"We're trying to get some of the school bands involved; young ones who are starting out with their music careers."

For more information or to register your band for the Battle of the Bands, visit cherrystreet.com.au.

To hear The Habits, search for their EP, We Own the Night, on iTunes or visit thehabitsmusic.com.


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