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January 27, 2010

Sixth-grade band rocks on

Hampstead sixth-graders fill town with their unique brand of rock-n'-roll

During the day, they are sixth-grade students at Hampstead Academy. But when they pick up their instruments, four 11-year-olds transform into something more: Godz of Rock.

About 20 people turned out at Hampstead Public Library on Friday night to watch the rock band perform and hear them talk about what it's like to be a "kid band." They've had more fans turn out for other gigs around town.

"People know us," keyboardist Connor Capozzi said.

The band was formed three years ago when Nick Combs, whose long hair screams, "lead guitarist," decided he wanted to play the classic Beatles song, "Here Comes The Sun" at a school talent show. He rounded up Brandon Bakken to sing and Capozzi to play keyboard.

The Godz of Rock didn't end up playing the Beatles tune that day, opting for an original number, "The Homework Blues," instead. They performed it at the library show Friday as well.

"Negative exponents, I don't like them that much," Brandon crooned along with a blues beat. "My favorite subjects are recess and lunch."

Nick usually creates the music for the band's original songs — they have four — and then records it on his laptop. Brandon writes the lyrics.

"I kind of hope, someday, for our band to make a song as long as or longer than 'Stairway to Heaven,'" Brandon said.

The Led Zeppelin song is just over eight minutes long.

Nick wrote a song called "Global Warming Stinks," but it's being revamped for being "too controversial."

Brandon said he does not believe in global warming "that much." His favorite original is "On My Mind," a love song.

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