AMP’s annual Battle of the Bands event brought the house down at Club 1808 Saturday night, Mar. 12, as five bands competed for first place to win a variety of promotional prizes.
Each band’s performance was evaluated for the top three spots by a number of anonymous, pre-selected judges, while a fourth “Crowd Pleaser” position was voted upon by members of the audience through a link on the AMP Facebook page.
AMP leader and senior Nick Navarro hosted the evening, introducing each act. Kicking off the event was the band, We Only Know One Song, who played the one song they knew, a lengthy composition by artist Steven Wilson entitled, “Raider II.” The group was followed by newcomers, Family Affair and Batty, and then by returning favorites Walk of Shame and Ignite the Fire.
The five student-organized bands, both campus and locally based, each performed songs from the Rock, Hard Rock/Metal genres to the great excitement of a highly enthused audience, mainly comprised of student supporters with family members present as well.
“How am I supposed to vote,” asked sophomore Savanna “Van” Khoury, expressing her difficulty in deciding her favorite band for the Crowd Pleaser placement. “The bands were all so good! I wish I could vote for them all,” she continued.
In the end, returning 2013 Battle of the Bands champion, Walk of Shame, reclaimed their first place title. The group included the talents of seniors Peter Kelly as lead guitarist and vocalist, Andrew Phillips as bassist and their friend Chris Sonich on the drums.
“It feels great,” Phillips stated. “We came out on top as freshman, and then after a two-year losing streak, we brought it back home.”“This was our most energetic performance, by far. Hopefully it won’t be my last at the Mount,” he continued.
Kelly agreed, but added, “If this has to be our last show, this was a great one to go out on.”
Newcomer band Batty came in second place, followed by local favorite Ignite the Fire in third.
“Mount St Mary’s University! You never disappoint,” the Taneytown based group posted on their Facebook page, “Thank you for being an amazing and energetic crowd!!”
Family Affair, a Westminster “garage band,” made up of sophomore Tim Guest, along with his siblings, cousins and family friend, all combined their musical abilities to earn the Crowd Pleaser position. Guest served as drummer while his sister, Mary, was the group’s vocalist.
“We’ve never done something like this before,” she said, “It really came off well, from the rehearsals through tonight. We would definitely do this again in the future!”
Each of the place holding bands won a number of prizes, provided by AMP, that will undoubtedly help promote their musical talents. As first place winners, Walk of Shame earned recording time with Apollo Music Production. In second, Batty will have a consultation with Kevin Hock of 24-7 Entertainment, in addition to a photoshoot with AMP leader, Moira Frederickson. Then for third, Ignite the Fire was given $100 off a t-shirt order from Uniform Graphix. All the bands received coupons towards Audioduplication.com redeemable for CD making as well.