No Barcelona win but offers on table

Break The Butterfly in Barcelona.
Break The Butterfly in Barcelona.

A local band’s bid for a big breakthrough in Barcelona hit the bumpers when they were pipped at the post.

Levenmouth’s Break The Butterfly were representing Europe in the ultimate global battle of the bands.

Up for grabs in the Hard Rock Rising competition was a chance to play on the main stage alongside headliners such as Lenny Kravitz and Kings of Leon.

However, after raising the roof with a high-energy 20-minute set, Break The Butterfly were runners-up to US band Enemy Planes.

“We went in and played the most energetic set we could,” said drummer Billy Underwood.

“We got a great response - all the judges were on their feet - and we had the most cheers from the audience.”

Undoubtedly adding to the atmosphere were the dozen or so fans who travelled out to Spain for the final.

“They were the loudest there and we really appreciated their support,” said Billy.

More than 13,000 bands entered the competition, which involved more than 85 Hard Rock cafes worldwide.

Five-piece indy rockers Break The Butterfly were the only European band among the six finalists - a great outcome in itself for a group that only entered the competition in a bid to catch they eye of one of the judges.

We got a great response - all the judges were on their feet - and had the most cheers from the audience.

Billy Underwood

The other finalists in the live battle final round were Wolf Colony from New York, Enemy Planes from Minneapolis, Chanson Calhoun from Louisville, Blazer from Buenos Aires and Dorothy from Osaka, Japan.

“There was a real mix, we were all very different, from rock to hip hop and Chanson Calhoun was in the style of Beyonce,” Billy said.

After their set, which was the fourth of the night and in which they performed Lost Boy, 11/11 and Pringle, they joined the other finalists in the green room to await the judges’ decision.

“We were told that it had been really close with just a toss of the coin between us and Enemy Planes,” said Billy.

“We were very gutted to start off with. It felt like we were the only seasoned band there that had served its apprenticeship gigging and working together, whereas the others had only been playing about six months or had got together for the competition.”

However, there was still a silver lining to the dark cloud of losing.

Their performance created such a buzz that several established figures in the music industry approached them afterwards to play other gigs - including in the USA - and an offer to sign to a label.

“We’re taking our time and playing it close to our chest at the moment to figure out what would be best for the band,” said Billy.

The other band members are Craig Thomson, Andrew Low, Cameron Barnes and Craig Paton.

While Break The Butterfly were disappointed at losing out in the final in Spain, they have not let the result clip their wings.

They have since made a repeat visit to Scottish Television for another well-received live performance on the Riverside Show and now their attention is focused on a forthcoming seven-gig tour of Germany, starting on August 21.

The tour takes in Bonn, Hamburg, Cologne, Konigswinter and a show with Germany’s leading Celtic radio station.

“We’re really looking forward to getting over there,” said drummer Billy Underwood.

With Break The Butterfly on the Riverside Show was another local talent - singer Cody Feechan from Methilhill, who headlined the recent Promfest and has also supported Dick Gaughan.