Eternal Skies’ win at last weeks Balaklava Eisteddfod might not have come as a shock to those in the audience, but it certainly shocked its band members.
The band were so sure that they would not win that drummer Jacob King and bassist Travis Kuchel left before the presentation began.
Up against bands from some of Adelaide’s most prestigious private schools, the boys did not expect to come anywhere close to first place in the Senior Rock Band category, let alone being named Best Overall Rock Band.
“We were sort of thinking maybe we would get an honourable mention,” said guitarist Pacey Barrington-Meaney.
“They call out honourable mentions and there is nothing, they call out third and there is nothing, and it gets to second and we are thinking okay this is our last chance.”
Frontman Wyatt Tooth said once Rostrevor was announced as runners-up it started to sink in that they had won.
“They said second and it was Rostrevor and I start thinking ‘wait if both of those bands got announced then who is going to win’.
“Then they said Clare High and our faces just lit up.”
When asked what win came as the bigger surprise, the band agreed that winning in general came as a shock.
Bassist Travis Kuchel, who played his first live gig with the band at the Eisteddfod, said it was because they had not set out to win.
“It is not that we doubt ourselves, it was just because the main focus was to go there and have fun,” he said.
“We thought maybe we would get a participation award but to go there and win the whole thing was a real motivation booster.”
Eternal Skies are currently working on a six track EP that is expected to be released later this year, and have also been booked to headline Relay for Life at Clare Oval in November.
Clare High had two other groups performing at the Eisteddfod with the school band receiving a third place finish in the Senior Band A category, while the vocal group Perfect 4th also had a strong first ever performance in the non-competitive Choral Workshop category.