Rock battle enters final round 

Six bands compete for prizes and bragging rights

Thirty-one shows, seven months, 126 performances, $2,500 in prizes, one stage, and it all comes down to this: This Saturday, six bands compete to be the big winner of the 2007 Battle of Birdy’s. The first band goes up at 8:30 p.m. and the battle continues until 1 a.m. Admission is $10. With that said, we’ll get out of the way and let the finalists speak for themselves.

Win With Willard
On stage 8:30 p.m.

“We are a Midwestern rock band full of bookworms who probably like Creedence Clearwater Revival a little more than anyone should. We have a penchant for pop songcraft and understand the value of a catchy melody. I think people that see us can expect one of three things: 1) They will find themselves inexplicably shaking their asses, 2) They will stare in amusement at our gyrating stage presence or 3) They will completely ignore us as we play the background music to a shared beer. We are decidedly OK with all those reactions.”

—Evan Hock, guitar/vocals

Beta Male
On stage 9:15 p.m.

“It’s a feminist project. It’s been getting a little bit of controversy lately. I love people talking about it. ‘Why do you have girls in your band?’ is what we’ve been hearing a lot. It’s interesting how people perceive us … We feel like winners already. ‘Tits and ass and bags of cash — that’s the Beta Male way.’ We didn’t start out with the idea that we were going to be a rocking, feminist, in-your-face, fuck-you patriarchy kind of band, but it’s been developing that way.”

—Alison Hazel, synth/vocals


Jacob Myrian
Instrumental rock
On stage 10 p.m.

“My sound is Asian influenced, instrumental rock. When I put all this music together, I was actually scoring a story that I wrote called ‘The Village Fable Vol. I: Ella Speaks’; the album is of the same title. So in essence I call what I do ‘Instrumental Story Scoring’ because imagination and creativity must come first … Whether you’re performing for 10 people, or a thousand, give it all you got. I think people who come out and spend their money, gas, time and energy to see you play deserve to have that energy and more returned to them.”

—Jacob Myrian

The Last Good Year
Straight-up rock
On stage 10:45 p.m.

“We’re basically a straight-up, in your face, rock ’n’ roll type of band. I wouldn’t call us emo, heavy metal, hardcore or anything else like that. We’re all balls! As long as it’s got a good melody and a catchy tune, that’s kind of the way we try to write our music. We’ve got a couple of new songs, but we’re going to approach this battle like we would approach any other show. Practice and practice and leave it all on stage.”

—Joe Doyel, vocals/guitar

Indie rock with cello
On stage 11:30 p.m.

“The songwriting and whatnot is radio-friendly rock. We’re going for more of a commercial, indie-rock sound, a little bit more intelligent and classy than some rock bands. The current lineup has been together for a year. The band has existed in previous different genres and formats and arrangements, but the current one is about a year old. We just put out our EP; this whole battle finals is falling around the time of our EP release, so the battle set is based around the EP. We’ve got a couple of new songs we’re working on. We have cello on the EP, so we’re going to have a cello player on stage for us.”

—Scott Kruke, bass

Melodic hard rock
On stage 12:15 a.m.

“We’re definitely an all-original rock band. Although I don’t like using the term, we’re kind of like alternative rock. It’s a lot like you’d hear on X-103 — hard rock with a melodic edge. We’ve been together for a little bit over two years; we just came out with our debut album, Feel the Sun. We’ve all been the only songwriter in previous bands, and that helps with experience. We’re going to bring a lot of people and a lot of energy, and hopefully we’re going to bring it down.”

—William Wagstaff, singer/guitarist

WHAT: 2007 Battle of Birdy’s Finals with Win with Willard, Beta Male, Jacob Myrian, The Last Good Year, Mardelay, Thrive

WHERE: Birdy’s

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 8, 8:30 p.m., $10, 21+

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