The Guide Awards: Best Band

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When the hard-rockers were announced as winners by Wedgewood Rooms manager Geoff Priestley, the band leapt on each other in their excitement.

Kodiak Jack receive their award, from left: Bryn Roberts, Kieran Bellinger, Kev Farren and Jeff Arnold.

Kodiak Jack receive their award, from left: Bryn Roberts, Kieran Bellinger, Kev Farren and Jeff Arnold.

Singer Bryn Roberts said: ‘When I heard it was (fellow nominees and last year’s winners) Kassassin Street as runners-up, I still thought it was going to be one of the other bands and not us that had won.

‘We’d never been nominated before, so even to be nominated was enough for us, but the recognition we’ve received has been absolutely amazing.

Bassist Kev Farren added: ‘It means the world to us, because this is our hometown.’

Last year was a busy one for the five-piece – they finally got to release the album Alhambra which they recorded in 2013 in California with Brian Wheat of American multi-platinum rock act Tesla.

And then as well as playing numerous shows, including an album launch party at The Wedgewood Rooms, they also got to support Tesla at the Islington 02, during the US group’s tour over here.

But the band are refusing to let the grass grow under their feet – they’ll be heading back into the studio in the coming weeks to record a new batch of songs for an EP.

‘We know there are better songs in us,’ Bryn explained. ‘You aren’t going to be disappointed in the new songs. And then there’s going to be more gigs – bigger gigs.

‘We are lucky to have such a good music scene in Portsmouth, but we didn’t always fit in with some of that, which is why winning this means so much to us.’

You can find out for yourself why the band won when they play at The Deco in Elm Grove tomorrow as part of the new multi-venue event, Icebreaker.

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