Winning band’s name from milking shed

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A Menzies College band named after a product used to treat cows for nitrate poising won the Southland regional SmokefreeRockquest final in Invercargill.

Methylene Blues consists of guitarist Tane Carney (18) , vocalist Ahliyah Paderanga (15), drummer Ellna Mae Alanquihan (15) and bassist Shaz Harvey (16).

The band also won the Best Song Award for their song Generation which Ahliyah said was based on their generation and social media.

The band had been together for about 10 months and Tane said the winning song had been “very spontaneous”.

“We just came up with the idea and it just blew up from there,” Tane said.

Winning the finals gave the band a real adrenaline rush and was “awesome and unexpected,” he said.

“It was an absolutely amazing experience.”

Ellna said she was screaming when they won, it was so exciting.

Shaz was the only one in the band to have competed in Rockquest previously.

Tane has played guitar for five years and came up with the band’s name.

“I was actually in the milking shed and we use this product called methylene blue to treat cows for nitrate poisoning and I said ‘that’s catchy’ and that’s how our name came about.”

The band now had to prepare submissions to apply for selection into the national finals in September, as winning the regional final did not secure their spot.

Tane said it would be his last chance to make the national finals, as he was in year 13.