Unearthed High (2008– )
During early 2008 Triple J launched the biggest unearthed competition ever, the 'Unearthed High' competition. This new competition, run parallel to the existent internet based Unearthed competition required high school aged bands to submit original work. The inaugural winners, were announced on 10 June from a shortlist of finalists with their song 'Cult Romance'. in December 2008 announced a name change to Tom Ugly. According to frontman Tom this was "mostly due to the fact that you can't search . It's completely unsearchable on the internet. Plus we like the name anyway, Tom Ugly. And it suits the format of the way we write."
The 2009 competition was won by Howl, a 6 piece band with their song "Blackout". Howl came from Ballarat High School.
The 2010 competition was won by Iotah, a band composed of four sisters, heavily influenced by old school rock – screeching vocals, electrifying riffs, keys and driving beats are streaming from the cracks of a shed in the hills. They come from Gisborne Secondary College. Iotah subsequently changed their name to Stonefield after discovering a local cabaret performer had been using the name iOTA for several years.
The 2011 competition was won by Snakadaktal, a 5 piece band with their song "Chimera". The winner came for Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School.
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