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Gig Review: Battle of the Bands
Will Gilgrass
By Will Gilgrass
BBC Oxford Blast Reporter

This Hearts Built To Break - Live

Five of Oxford's most exciting and talented bands took to the stage at the Jericho Tavern on Wednesday, July 22.

They were picked by the BBC Oxford Introducing team after submitting their songs using the uploader tool.

The bands were fighting for a chance to play Truck 2009 with bands playing everything from indie-rock to thrashy-techno.

The Scholars took the crown. They unanimously impressed the judges from BBC Oxford and Nightshift magazine.

The five-piece from Banbury wowed the crowd with their style which spliced parts of Editors and The Killers despite one of their members being absent on the night.

Lead singer, Adrian Gillett said: "I didn't think we were going to win."

The Scholars talk about how surprised they were to win

After waiting for all the judges to arrive, Thin Green Candles had the tough task of opening the night. They brought a solid support base with them.

Their live performance was akin in style to Hot Chip or Basement Jaxx, and mixing live instruments and vocals with computer effects was certainly daring.

Sikorski, who were missing their ex-Miss England occasional-frontwoman kindly performed second but their intensity, energy and ferocity would have worked better as a later set.

Despite the fact the sun was still shining by the end of their short performance they had managed to convert the previously timid crowd.

The highlight was their track The Opener. Prodigy-esque with thundering bass and bleeps it was also reminiscent of the Beastie Boys but lacking a vocal and the tempo it craved.

We Aeronauts were unlucky to miss out. Any band who manage to incorporate such a number of instruments on stage and make it work deserve special recognition.

Accordion, trumpet, violins and keyboard created a euphoric Arcade Fire-party atmosphere, while fans of The Guillemots would also be taken under their spell.

Their positivity and happiness to be on stage was infectious and their next gig in Oxford at The Cellar on August 15 promises to be something very special yet again.

Welcoming the 150-strong audience at the Jericho to their own world, Borderville rounded off the night in spectacular fashion.

Lead singer Joe Swarbrick is a charismatic and dynamic frontman, and his effervescent hair could almost qualify as a fifth member.

They possess the spirit and confidence one could have thought the Libertines once had before fame and fortune took over.

Borderville are already established on the Oxford scene, and surely it will only be a matter of time before they do similar further afield.

Sam Lloyd, who attended the event said: "All the bands were good, and all put on good performances.

The result provided shock in some quarters, but what would it be without a bit of controversy."

Decide for yourself if The Scholars deserved the victory by checking out their video on this page.

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