Summerland-based band Silent Alarm received recognition as the fan favourite band at the recent Off the Charts band competition. From left are Kohl Finlayson on guitar and keyboards

Summerland-based band Silent Alarm received recognition as the fan favourite band at the recent Off the Charts band competition. From left are Kohl Finlayson on guitar and keyboards

Silent Alarm named fan favourite band

A Summerland band has received fan support in a regional music competition.

A Summerland band has received fan support in a regional music competition.

Silent Alarm was named the fan favourite in the Off the Charts band competition.

The band consists of Kohl Finlayson on guitar and keyboards, Daniel Raitt on lead guitar and vocals, Robin Andrews on bass and Adam Gamblen on drums.

They have been playing together since October, 2012.

While the judges selected a Kelowna-based band as the winner of the competition, Raitt was pleased to receive the strong support from the fans.

“It was a really good place for us,” he said.

“We have lots of support from the community.”

Gamblen and Raitt had been playing jazz together for several years before forming Silent Alarm.

They were then joined by Finlayson and later Andrews.

Their music was influenced by classic rock bands and a sound Raitt described as “party music.”

He has also been listening to and learning from more contemporary Canadian bands.

Silent Alarm has performed at numerous concerts and festivals in Summerland and the surrounding area.

Raitt said the band will continue to perform, with two spots at the Fest of Ale in Penticton next month.

He added that the future of the band is uncertain, as the members will be scattered as they pursue university and college training in the fall. “I’m still going to keep playing every day,” he said.