Over the past several weeks, more than 50 local bands battled it out at various venues across the city for rock supremacy. Last Friday, one band was left standing. 'The winners of the Global Battle of the Bands Hong Kong are ... Senseless,' announced Global Battle of the Bands organiser Chris B late on Friday night to a roaring ovation at Hyde members' club in Central. The five-piece (above), whose sound may best be described as Canto-rock/pop, were voted the winners by a panel of judges made up of industry insiders. Senseless, comprising twentysomethings Kenny Li, Elliot Lo, Sailim Chan, Raymond Li and Yuren Chan, aren't about to celebrate, though, as they have to represent Hong Kong against the winning bands from Macau, Shenzhen and Beijing at Sticky Fingers bar in Tsim Sha Tsui. Representing Hong Kong at home won't add additional pressure, Lo says. 'We just have to play our best.' Originally, two more hurdles stood in the way of Senseless' goal of going all the way to the World Finals (to be held in Malaysia in February), but the Guangzhou and Shanghai legs were cancelled for reasons beyond the organisers' control. While the Shanghai leg was cancelled due to inability to reach an agreement on venues, the Guangzhou leg had to be axed after the city's authorities banned all live music venues in preparation for the Asian Games. 'The government basically said 'Don't play live music' to all the venues in Guangzhou,' Chris B said. 'It's quite disappointing because this was the first year we'd added the Guangzhou leg and everything was set and ready to go.'