Cool contest, puzzling results

 

MySpace Battle of the Bands

Zanies Too

Saturday, Jan. 27

It is a startlingly fresh concept: take a bunch of bands that are on a venue’s MySpace page and put them on stage together to compete for the door money. It’s simple, it’s a good way to see some new bands and it fosters healthy competition. In what is sure to become a common thing, Zanies Too held its first MySpace Showcase last Saturday.

As for the seven bands on the slate, there were a couple of cover bands (Real Eyes and Lazy Piranha), a straight-up rock outfit (The Weedz), some pop rock (The Shake Ups), a hippie band (Echoes), a Southern rock band (Exit 90) and a Viking stoner-rock group (Black Stone Ritual).

Going into it, common sense said it was essentially going to be a battle between Black Stone Ritual and The Shake Ups. As it turned out, they finished sixth and fourth, respectively. The winner of the night was the Molly Hatchet-esque Exit 90, with the Weedz and Echoes close behind. Considering that the judges were representatives from Shamrock and Revolution Promotions, it seems as if they just picked who they thought would most likely pack a bar. Making the judges a bit savvier on what’s actually going on west and north of Washington and Shadeland Avenue would be a good idea. Black Stone Ritual at least performed all original songs, and the Viking doom thing was pretty cool. All Exit 90 had going for them was a highly entertaining guitarist who had the signature rock cliché moves down, wore his guitar on his chest and looked like he managed a Taco Bell during the day.

Note to Zanies Too: Keep the contest, but next time, get some better judges. Then, battle royale!

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