Teen bands confident about performance

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Teen Battle of the Bands

  • Saturday, May 19, 2007, 9 p.m. to midnight
  • The Steamboat Grand, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Steamboat Springs
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The four members of the teenage punk rock band and Battle of the Bands contender allieappleoponess still hadn't had a full-band rehearsal as of Tuesday.

The band members, who live in Oak Creek, Phippsburg and Yampa, nonetheless are confident they will do well in the fourth annual Battle of the Bands contest Saturday night at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

The city of Steamboat Springs' Teen Programs sponsors the event and says it's a safe, affordable and substance-free activity for local youths. The prize package for the winning band includes a feature article in 4 Points, a trophy made by the industrial students at Steamboat Springs High School, a weeknight gig at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill and airtime on KFMU with a one-time interview and/or live performance.

Although Michael Stone of the band Stealing Outfield admitted he and his fellow band members had practiced only once, they have a plan.

"Our strategy is to play our music and hope everyone likes it, and rock the world," he said. "None of us play baseball or watch it. (The band name) is a metaphor for trying to do something impossible."

Brandon Guite, the band's drummer, said the lyrics to their songs are articulate, well spoken and very, very opinionated.

"They are about fictional things," he said. "Arbitrary things that come into our head that we put on paper and put it to music and call it a song."

Rock and reggae band Chillem Trail thinks its sound will set it apart at the Battle.

"I'm guessing most of the bands will be punk bands," said guitar player Kyle Hornor. "We're more reggae/G. Love/Slightly Stoopid. We're more intricate, which I think takes more talent."

Hornor said part of the fun of competing in the Battle of the Bands is improving musically.

Dan Hess, guitarist for the heavy metal band Burn the Vanities, wanted the band and its name to mean something.

"We decided we were kind of going to be on the Christian side," he said. Our name "means that everyone's equal, and we are all the same."

The band members do not use curse words in their lyrics, and they want to put out a positive vibe.

"We don't do it for anything other than the joy of playing music," Hess said. "All of us love music with a passion and want to share that with people."

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