Benchmark Records Battle of the Bands The Patio Wednesday, Sept. 1, 9 p.m.;$5 at the door
This week’s Battle of the Bands competition at the Patio is shaping up to be a true clash of the titans as some of Circle City’s most popular bands square off in head-to-head competition. At stake, a coveted $10,000 grand prize and a new tour van (among other prizes) for the first place finisher of the entire competition.
Even though the grand prize winner won’t be decided until after the heavy weight prizefight final showdown scheduled for Sept. 30 at the Vogue, some of the most exciting showdowns of this aural grudge match are happening in the semi-finals and this Wednesday’s show is certainly no exception.
Fate and Providence have brought together seven of Indiana’s powerhouse bands to slug it out in a display of auditory pugilism, which will leave one band standing at the end of the night and six others dreaming of what might have been. While the order of the acts will not be decided until the day of the competition by random drawing, the show promises to be a solid display of talent and musicianship from start to finish.
Local punk/hardcore heroes About the Fire are currently riding high off the success of their new debut full-length record and are sure to deliver some stiff competition with their catchy hooks and sing-along choruses that beg for audience participation. Fans of Hot Water Music, Naked Raygun take note.
Muncie’s Arcade probably enter the competition with the handicap of being based an hour to the northeast (since 60 percent of the competition is decided by the audience, which usually consists of the bands’ most die-hard fans), but should have no problem making up the difference with their moody and textured indie rock stylings.
Local groove-oriented metal band Dystalis are up next with their own brand of radio friendly nu metal built on a solid foundation of straight-forward rock. If you are into bands like Sevendust then Dystalis will be right up your alley.
Hypnotic Velvet Propellers will bring a more hard-rocking psychedelic vibe to the night’s competition with a set that draws equal amounts of inspiration from Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and that last drink you shouldn’t have had before calling it a night.
Jackson Pain will be there to take the edge off with a set of Brit-rock with its own Hoosier twist, most notably, the addition of horns. Mardelay will represent the classic power-trio with a blend of all the members’ musical influences: from rock to funk to hip-hop. Unreel round out the bill with their hard-driving radio rock sure to please fans of Superdrag and Oasis alike.
The foundation of the battle rests on audience participation, so come out and take part in crowning the finalist in this winner-take-all annual event.