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Romford heavy metal band A Story at Three hopes to make it through to final of competition

PUBLISHED: 07:44 24 July 2017 | UPDATED: 07:49 24 July 2017

A Story at Three

A Story at Three

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A heavy metal band from Romford is playing to defeat their competition and make a bigger name for themselves.

A Story at Three competed against multiple bands in a Battle of the Bands competition ahead of the Roundhouse Music Festival on Sunday, August 13, in Central Park, Dagenham.

They made it to the semi-finals and hope to make it through to the final at the festival where they would play not only for the £500 cash prize but to gain more exposure.

A Story at Three, a five-piece “metal core” band that has been together for more than two years, is made up of singer Tom Hards, 20, drummer James Hart, 20, bassist Dan Wright, 19, and guitarists Aaron Dadral, 19, and Jack Smith, 23.

Tom explains about name of the band: “We came up with the name through finding a song titleby a band called AFI.

“They were a partial influence on the more punk style of our music and it was almost like a homage to their music more than attempting to ride off of their fame!”

Tom also explains that the experiences of their every day lives have much influence on their hardcore lyrics, as every member has input in their original music.

“Our lyrics are like personal stories and performing is a release that we can express in a more popular way to the public, so it’s a great way to just express certain dark experiences.”

The band got to play three songs in their first heat of the competition, including two songs from their debut EP, Valediction, and an unreleased song titled Why I’m Still Here.

“It was defintely a new type of experience, and we got great feedback from the competition and judges after our set telling us we did a nice job,” said Tom. “Everyone had their preferred taste and style and I personally enjoyed it.”

The next part of the competition is on Wednesday, August 2, and the band see it as the first step in their dream of eventually quitting their day 
jobs.

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