Rock outfit Experiment One has taken out the 2017 Murray Bridge Battle of the Bands.
At a packed Station on Saturday night, the band's punchy guitars and energetic performance helped it stand out from six others and win $1000 worth of studio recording time.
Lead singer Ben Waltho said his three band mates had been on top of their game.
"I was really impressed with how we came together," he said.
"We really felt like the audience felt it."
The title will help them follow up on their first EP, Tic Tacs and Mardi Gras, recorded last April and released in September after the band had already spent more than two years together.
"We're writing some songs to release as singles over the year," the front man said.
"It's in the development stage."
In winning the battle, Experiment One inherited a crown last worn by Murray Bridge band Escape from Yesterday, which won as Fact or Fiction a year ago.
As a result, singer and guitarist Jordan Holmes returned to judge alongside Music SA's Dale Taylor and former Power Ragers muso Matt Fielke on Saturday night.
"(Experiment One) were interactive, they knew how to get the crowd involved and be a part of their music," she said.
"Their music skills were amazing.
"Their performance was well rehearsed and fun to watch."
The crowd turnout was nice and the lineup solid, she said, but it would have been good to see more locals step up in the absence of former acts like Dead Villain Society.
"Hopefully these events can spark some more interest in the local scene," she said.
"But it's good for Adelaide bands to see the space and be a part of what we're doing."
Event organiser Paul Ankerson, a youth officer with the Murray Bridge council, was enthused about some of the "outstanding" new talent coming through, too.
"We had the young people in the Band Connections program open the show at five o'clock," he said.
"They were really popular because they played some really popular Australian rock covers.
"The place was packed ... I wouldn't be surprised if there were 400 through the night as people come and go."
The other competing bands were ADM-73, Aesthetic Amorous, Silence the Unknown, the Poets of Slam Society, Senior Rake and Burnout.
Experiment One will next play at the Colonel Light Hotel, Adelaide on April 19 alongside Burnout, Escape from Yesterday, Overdosed on Youth, Imaginary Rejects, the Secondguessers, Teenage Sister and more as part of an event called Rampage 2017.
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