Friday, January 25, 2008

Five bands to ‘battle’ for $500 prize

By Amy Kalina
Managing Editor

Winter Week at Saint Mary’s University will wrap up with the 8th annual Battle of the Bands on Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. in Page Theatre.

Five student-led musical acts will compete for prizes ranging from $100 to $500 in Battle of the Bands, which has become a rich tradition at SMU, said senior Michael Alexander Downes-Borowski, a coordinator of the event.

“Battle is fun for everybody because it’s your friends and classmates competing,” said Downes-Borowski. “Every year is different, but every year is entertaining.”

Competing this year are fresh new acts as well as some past favorites, including the reigning Battle champions, now performing as Koo Koo Kanga Roo. Last year’s winners were automatically accepted to compete while the other four acts auditioned on Jan. 19, performing one cover song as well as one original for judges Lance Thompson ‘05 and Abby Cooper.

“The acts this year range from rock to folk to our much-talked-about boy band act,” said Cooper, a sophomore at SMU.

“There will really be something for everyone at Battle.”

Check out the Cardinal blog for the Battle results as well as a review of the show.

All U Need
Members: Sophomores Peter Snell, Phil Thomas, Curtis Kempton, Dan Ward, and junior Eric Duffy.
Who they are: This five-man boy band performs the classic stylings of N’Sync and the Backstreet Boys as well as original tunes, complete with choreographed moves.
Listen for this: “Facebook Crush,” an original song written by member Peter Snell, just might hit home for some college students.

Koo Koo Kanga Roo
Members: Seniors Bryan Atchison, Neil Olstad, and Alex Downes-Borowski
Who they are: They won last year as the band Birthdae Partii, and they’re back to reclaim their title.
Surefire fun: Famous for their entertaining antics, this act promises to be as crazy as its name.

Rogue the Wolf
Members: Neil McColl, Malachi Nelson, Tim Boysen
Who they are: Rogue’s style rocks to the muse of Nirvana and is led by freshman McColl. The band has played together for almost four years, but their friendship is over eight years old.
If you didn’t know: McColl is the son of Saint Mary’s art and design professor Rob McColl.

Wet Bandits
Members: Bill Duffert, Tim Wojcicki, Eric Stonestrom, Adam Stasica, Zach Hansmann, and Robin Karras.
Who they are: This band features the only female Battler, bringing a woman’s touch to the competition.
Look for: A giant bass drum. “You’ll know what I mean when you see it,” said Duffert.

Empty Bottle Saviours
Members: Ryan Anderson, Neil Leibundguth, Jeremy Johnston, and Michael Fye.
Who they are: These boys have a style unlike any of the other bands. “No matter what the song is, we can’t help but play blues,” said Leibundguth.
Fun Fact: The name of the band comes from the Black Crowes song P.25 London.

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