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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Sound Off! 2008 Semi-Finals Begin Tonight

posted by on February 9 at 11:00 AM

Here’s a closer look at the four bands playing tonight’s first round of semi-finals in EMP’s annual all-ages battle of the bands:


The Batteries from Carnation, Washington, are crazy—postapocalyptic carnival music with surf-style keyboards and vocals that sound like they’re being sung by a creepy scientist who breeds chemically enhanced species in his dungeon. There’s an obvious connection to Schoolyard Heroes to be made, but that could just be coming from their mutual appreciation for classic sci-fi and horror flicks (the description on their MySpace page: “Sounds like if Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Peter Graves, and Vincent Price all had a party on the Forbidden Planet”).

Click to listen to “Put Your Face On.”


The Dead Are Judged from Marysville, Washington, are a higher concentration of evil, a nasty combination of hardcore and metal with face-melting riffs, booming drumming, and throat-shredding vocals that sound like they come from some hairless, red-eyed, little creature that lives in a damp cave. The band are trying to scare the shit out of you. Fans include KMFDM’S Jules Hodgson.

Click to listen to “Kill Me.”


On the other side of the spectrum is New Faces from Port Townsend, Washington, who, with singer Nico’s baritone vocals, sound like a new-wave Calvin Johnson project. They’re just as danceable as acts like Franz Ferdinand and, appropriately enough, they’ve already been booked for an upcoming installment of Club Pop at Chop Suey (March 13).

Click to listen to “Ms. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.”


Lastly, Southgate from Pendleton, Oregon, head back to the darker side, drawing inspiration from Lamb of God and Children of Bodom. But their sound is more otherworldly than metal-mates the Dead Are Judged. There’s an incredible bagpipe intro on the song “My Gift,” and the opening scream in “Universal Conspiracy” made my stomach drop. It sounds like dying.

Click to listen to “Universal Conspiracy.”

The show is at Level 3 of EMP|SFM. It starts at 8 pm and the line-up won’t be decided until the night of the show, so if you’re going for a specific band, you’ll wanna get there on time to ensure you don’t miss them. Tickets are $7 for EMP members and students and $10 for general public.

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I've been out of it for awhile. What happened to Jonathan Zwickel. He hasn't had a byline since 1/17. Did he leave?

Posted by Canterbury | February 9, 2008 11:39 AM

@1 Yes, Canterbury. Jonathan no longer works for the Stranger. There was a post made in January, you can read it here:

Posted by Megan Seling | February 10, 2008 4:16 PM

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