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Rawkin: Radio Silence triumphs at Fanshawe disBAND audition tour stop
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Published: Monday, March 29th, 2010
This past Thursday March 18, Friday, March 19, and Monday, March 22, 2010 was the disBAND audition tour held in Forwell Hall. Six bands each on Thursday and Friday and then four finalists performed on Monday in front of MuchMusic judges for the chance at $500 and a trip to the semi-finals and a chance at being on the show disBAND as well as a few other prizes.
The local judges for the first two rounds were: Brandon Eedy, manager of bands like Baptized in Blood; Alicks Girowski, music and promotions director at CHRWradio.com; RJ Beaumont, former Fanshawe facilities coordinator and current Consetoga facilities coordinator; and last but not least Matt Grady, Fanshawe College music industry arts graduate and engineer at EMAC Studios in London.
In round one and round two, each band performed three songs and the best two of each night moved forward onto round three with the judges from MuchMusic.
Round 1 – Thursday
Bands that performed were: Attison, Illegal, Triplight, Silverthorne and Flashback.
Round 2 – Friday
Bands that performed were: 8 Degrees Below, Flightcase, High Tides, Arms and Waves and Radio Silence.
Round 3 – Monday
Hosted by MuchMusic VJ Jesse Giddings and judges: Chase Parsons (Chris Smith Management); Katie Clark (Underground Operations – Management); Mark Spicoluk (Universal Music, A&R); and Colin Lewis (The Agency Group).
Right from the start Giddings let the first band do their set before announcing the prize the four finalists were eager to compete for. The finalist was rewarded with $500 and a chance to perform at the semi-finals, as well as an opportunity to be on the show disBand among a few other prizes. Also all four bands were to play a three-song set just like the previous nights, only between sets, the judges would be giving their feedback.
Band 1 – Attison – Alt Rock that came complete with their own banner in the middle of the MuchMusic banners and their own army, yes army of screaming fans and supporters!
Band 2 – Arms & Waves – Progressive Rock at its best. Good thing I wasn’t a judge, as I happen to know these guys and know how talented they are. They played the same set again and honestly their vocals on the second two songs were not up to par that night.
Band 3 – Radio Silence – Had their good rock ‘n’ roll vibe going on for them and felt really tight. Lots of energy, great vocals and a good package overall.
Band 4 – Silverthorne, with their own army of screaming girls for the lead singer/guitar player. The fans even had homemade t-shirts. They were by far the heaviest band with the lead vocals being in my opinion the strongest and the most versatile out of all the bands.
After the Judges deliberated and Giddings gave out some swag, they announced the winner as…. drum roll please…. Radio Silence!
Radio Silence were ecstatic when I caught up with them. They had a few interviews to get through that night with the MuchMusic judges and the other media at Fanshawe. I asked them how they thought they had stacked up compared to the others in the contest and they just couldn’t believe it and were pretty much floating on air in disbelief. I asked them what they would want Fanshawe to know about them and they said, “Know Radio Silence, just know us!” They thought for sure that it was a joke and another band had won. Good for them it was no joke. Congratulations Radio Silence!
Check them out at myspace.com/radiosilencemusic and they said if you want to send them naked pictures send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also check out more on muchmusic.com for more details on the disBAND audition tour and news about the show and other details.