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Talented trio and friends are on their way

By Staff Reporter

Drummer Lewis, singer Ross lead guitarist Struan of Bad Actress.
Drummer Lewis, singer Ross lead guitarist Struan of Bad Actress.

TEENAGERS from Forres scooped top prize in a major new battle of the bands event in Inverness.

Bad Actress, featuring brothers Struan (17), Lewis (15) and Ross McFarlane (19), along with Thomas Bell (22) of Muir of Ord and Gareth Mair (30) of Portknockie, were judged the top act of seven competing at Rock Factor 2019 Back to the Nineties at the area's top music venue, the Ironworks.

Still buzzing from the win, Lewis said: "It was an absolutely brilliant night and there were so many great bands, so it was amazing to find out we had won.

"It was also great fun back stage, meeting the other bands. Everyone was supporting each other and just having a great time."

Each act played four songs, including a cover from the 1990s, in front of three judges from the Highland music scene.

With their own brand of blues and hard rock, and a touch of glam, Bad Actress was named overall winner at the end of the night, with a prize of £1000, plus professional recording time and a Scottish tour.

They also received awards for best guitar solo and best cover for their rendition of AC/DC’s hit Thunderstruck.

Bad Actress started in 2017, with influences including Aerosmith and Mӧtley Crϋe. Last year, they won the MHA Battle of the Bands event at Tunnels in Aberdeen organised by Soundwired and took third place out of 48 bands in the Dundee West Fest bands challenge. They were also chosen to open the first ever Monstersfest, a two-day rock extravaganza at Ironworks whose bill featured former members of Mӧtley Crϋe, Journey, Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy, in the supergroup, The Dead Daisies.

Last month, Bad Actress launched their first EP Low Down and Dirty during a mini-tour of Inverness, Perth, Forres and Nairn.

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