By Garrett Koenig
Kenston’s own Zu Kru Rejects performed at the 22nd annual Tri-C High School Rock Off, with lots of support from Kenston students and parents, but failed to advance to the next round of the competition.
The trio got the crowd excited with John Palmer on lead vocals and guitar, Ronen Ku on the bass and James Kregenow on drums. They played two covers, Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Blur’s “Song 2,” as well as two originals.
According to the judges’ score sheets, they lost points with their cover songs, which the judges said were played well but were overplayed songs.
“It was a great experience and a ton of fun. We were all really nervous going into it but the second we got on stage, we just did what we do best,” said Kregenow.
The band’s original songs received praise on the judges’ scoring sheets with judges saying they were some of the best of the night and several even said that they would buy the originals if they were on an album.
“It was amazing to hear that, especially after we didn’t get make it to the final four. It really gave us faith in what we do and our future as a band,” said Palmer.
The band looks to continue to grow and will be performing at Kenston’s Got Talent on Feb. 28.