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Roy Has Fire… does Roy have friends?

Roy Has Fire, from left: James Villa, Mateo Villa, Derek Monsen, Oliver Bean.   - File photo
Roy Has Fire, from left: James Villa, Mateo Villa, Derek Monsen, Oliver Bean.
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Of course Roy Has Fire has friends… the question is, how many are willing to make an online commitment in support of their musical and rhythmic neighbours?

Castlegar-based quartet Roy Has Fire is battling tooth and claw, make that pick, strap and drumstick, with other bands in an online Best-Band contest. They're holding their own, hanging on to fifth spot at last count (according to spokeswoman Erica Scott, whose son is guitarist Oliver Bean.

"We still need people to vote," said Scott on Feb. 4. "We're waiting for an update for this week. The numbers between fifth, fourth and third were very close."

Scott pointed out the value of West Kootenay-wide support for the pop-rock outfit.

"The other bands are all from the Lower Mainland and they go to schools with thousands of kids. So they need all the help they can get."

Roy has Fire has kept the momentum (and their profile) high as they battle it out for the right to be known as the best band.

"They played in the intermission at the Saints (Selkirk College hockey) game the other night," outlined Scott. "They're playing for the Rotary Club, and at a Selkirk College event on Thursday and on Saturday they'll play for a skate park fundraiser in Trail."

Supporters can vote once a day until February 18. Here's a link: http://www.youthink.ca/band-contest-2013.

"The first time takes a couple of minutes," explained Scott. "You have to sign up" it takes a couple of minutes but then it's just a click a day. Or you can look up the boys on Facebook and there's a link on there."

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