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Monday, March 4, 2013

Photos: Sound Off! Finals

Posted by on Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Dave B, Your 2013 Sound Off King
  • Dave B, Your 2013 Sound Off King

On Saturday night, the EMP's annual battle-of-the-underage-bands concluded by crowning Renton's own Dave B as the 2013 Sound Off champion. A wild card pick, his hiphop stylings won the judges affections over the three semi-finalists: electro-glam the Fame Riot (Tacoma), post-rock SHEBEAR (Puyallup), and introspective indie As It Starts (Bothell).

Rather than a Hunger Games style bloodbath, the competition was mostly a positive vibrations celebration of local talent. The final result came as something of a surprise, leaving the excessively vocal—and raucously moshy—Shebear and Fame Riot fans quietly stunned, but as of this report it seems that no one burned the venue to the ground in protest. Perhaps this is because all of the bands left with some solid prize packagess including gear, studio time, and industry consultations, and high profile performance spots—plus Dave B gets a spot at Bumbershoot, Seabear won a place on Anacortes-based Catapult lineup—and because some of the the competition's most successful alumni haven't necessarily been the ones who claimed the top prize. That, and the fact that most of the bands already seem to have established themselves with EPs, iTunes releases, piles of merch, and dedicated fanbases. Still, as a fan of televised singing competitions—just how great has Nicki Minaj been so far as an Idol Judge this season?—I would've loved to hear what the panel of experts had to say about each band if for no other reason than to hear the endlessly quotable John Roderick drop some witty critiques on the young contenders.

The Fame Riot hate your Dance Tax
  • The Fame Riot hate your Dance Tax

SHEBEAR
  • SHEBEAR - have a posse.

As It Starts
  • As It Starts #feels

more photos after the jump.

Sound Off 2013 Class Photo
  • Sound Off 2013 Class Photo

the Fame Riot: hate your Dance Tax

The Fame Riot
  • The Fame Riot

The Fame Riot
  • The Fame Riot

The Fame Riot
  • The Fame Riot

The Fame Riot
  • The Fame Riot

SHEBEAR: with fan enthusiasm levels approximating an Improv Everywhere happening

Shebear
  • Shebear

Shebear
  • Shebear

SHEBEAR
  • SHEBEAR

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Dave B: would like to see your hands in the air.
Dave B
  • Dave B

Dave B
  • Dave B

Dave B
  • Dave B

As It Starts - all of the #feels, most of the instruments.
As It Starts
  • As It Starts

As It Starts
  • As It Starts

As It Starts
  • As It Starts

As It Starts
  • As It Starts

Fan City
This is how it feels when your friend gives you a T-shirt signed by all the bands
  • This is how it feels when your friend gives you a T-shirt signed by all the bands

crowdsitting
  • crowdsitting

crowdsurfing
  • crowdsurfing

SHEBEARshebearSHEBEARshebearSHEBEAR
  • SHEBEARshebearSHEBEARshebearSHEBEAR

at one point, a guard had to calm this fan frenzy
  • at one point, a guard had to calm this fan frenzy

 

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Larry Mizell, Jr. 1
congrats, Dave B.
Posted by Larry Mizell, Jr. on March 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM · Report this
Simone 2
Hey, you were sort of behind me (red shirt with camera/camera bag) during The Fame Riot. Great shots and nice review.
Posted by Simone on March 6, 2013 at 4:37 PM · Report this

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