We Were Kings aim for Hard Rock crown

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The national football team might not be travelling to Brazil this summer but We Were Kings will be flying the flag for Scotland against the rest of the world in a huge music competition.

The band, fronted by Eyemouth’s Jim McGowan and also including Kevin Waite from Lowick are through to the final stage of Hard Rock Rising after seeing off tough competition in the earlier rounds of the world famous music competition and more recently winning the Scottish final.

The five piece are always a popular draw on the local music scene at events like B in the Bear and Jim said the support they’ve had from their Berwick and Berwickshire fans has been immense.

“It really is like having a sixth band member- we call them our Kings and Queens” he joked.

“The first stage of the competition was decided on a public vote and we got over 700 votes to see us through. We actually ranked fifth globally which is absolutely amazing.

“That took us through to the live heats where we were played in front of a panel of judges who put us through to the national final at the Hard Rock Cafe in Glasgow. That was a real star-studded affair, with a member of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band on the panel.

“We had about 80-100 supporters at the show and the noise they made was incredible.

“We were up against two great bands; one of them toured America and played T in the Park so to win was amazing.”

The win put We Were Kings into the top 85 acts worldwide for this year’s Hard Rock Rising and they are now counting on more support to get in the top 25.

“The line up as it is now has only been together for seven months so to have achieved what we have is nothing short of phenomenal,” Jim continued. “We played all our own material for the heats and the national final which made it all the more special.

“Hearing the judges say things like we sounded like we’d been playing together forever and that they could imagine our songs being played all day on the radio was so meaningful.”

That judge’s comment was particularly timely as We Were Kings have recently graced the airwaves with a set on InDemand’s uncut show.

As well as getting plenty of support from their fans this year, the band have all received backing from clothing lines Peaceful Hooligan and Modern Casuals but are also throwing their own weight behind the Yes campaign as we edge ever closer to the independence referendum.

They also continue to support blood cancer charity Love Hope Strength with all of the band on the register for bone marrow and stem cell donations and music charity Nordoff-Robins who they recently played a gig for.

“A lot of people help us so we want to give something back.

“I really hope all our fans from the Borders get behind us once again.”

We Were Kings next Hard Rock Rising engagement is a performance on the Hard Rock truck tour which will visit Glasgow and Edinburgh on May 17 and 18.

l To find out more about We Were Kings and find out how you can vote for them in the Hard Rock Rising contest visit www.facebook.com/WWKINGS.