Thursday, March 22, 2012

Audience votes in harmony

By Alison Haywood, Copy Editor

Six student groups broke the hard rock stereotypes associated with Battle of the Bands with their various indie-related genres Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the CAVE.

House cats win Battle of the Bands in the CAVE Wensday, March 21st.

The House Cats won over Pacific Lutheran students with indie/folk/rock tunes. The band consists of 12 Pacific Lutheran students playing a variety of instruments including the acoustic guitar, violin, harmonica and egg shakers.

Six bands competed for the right to perform at the annual ASPLU-sponsored music festival LollaPLUza, as well as get a recording with student radio station LASR and a spot on one of its shows. Bands performed two songs, one original and one cover, in sets lasting about 10 minutes. About 100 people were in the audience, consisting mostly of PLU students and other bands.

ASPLU entertainment chair sophomore Emily Bishop and LASR General Manager senior Katy Allen-Schmid organized PLU’s second annual Battle of the Bands. Bishop said the contest was a bit different this year than last year in that only one member of each band had to be a PLU student, unlike last year in which all members did.

LASR promotions director first-year Olivia Ash and Allen-Schmid attended the show to promote LASR and encourage musicians to make submissions for LASR’s upcoming student CD. The deadline is April 15.

The House Cats formed in January, and the sound check before Battle of the Bands was their first time performing with all 12 current members, said guitarist first-year Jakob Maier.

“I think we have a chance of winning, but we’re pretty much here to have fun,” said bass guitarist first-year Nate Schoen.

The House Cats’ set consisted of “The Honest Truth” by Typhoon and an original composition by Maier called “Miss You.” Maier said they chose to cover “The Honest Truth” because it features a 16-piece band.

“If we play at LollaPLUza, we’ll be getting so crazy. We’re going to be turning Garfield Street into a tiger,” said Schoen. “Get it? Garfield the cat?”