By Maureen Rice
Ryerson’s fifth Battle of the Bands unfolds this Thursday and Friday at The Hub. Admission is free. Each night $300 will be awarded for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place. The overall winner will play at the 40th Annual Island Picnic and Parade in September.
Here’s the lineup:
Lynch: An up-and-coming Toronto band requested by residence students. Lynch is not part of the competition.
Galatea: Mainstream with a twist, singer Bob Smith is competing for the third time.
Ella Says: Frontman Jeff Hannaford created this three-piece of alterna-retro-power-pop immediately after last year’s solo performance.
Fadin’ North: Last year, these Burlington drinking buddies sold the most tickets.
Evilution: From the deepest, darkest depths of hell, five journalism students who can’t play metal worth a damn.
The Flamejobs: These Elvis Presley fans say, “If we’re not dead tired by the end of the 20 minute [set], we don’t deserve to win.”
Flagship: Lower your shields and prepare to be boarded! Flagship’s influences come from science fiction.
Sundowner: Unsuccessful last year, winning this year would be “cool,” says drummer Tyler Drygas.
The Red-Eyed Tree Frogs: Also unable to place last year, the band has a new singer and a different sound.
Strappado: Debuting at Battle of the Bands, Strappado considers itself similar to Danzig.
Prime Mover: Unable to enter in previous years, these Rush fans are ecstatic about being in their first competition.
TANJ (There Ain’t No Justice): At Battle of the Bands for exposure, drummer Mark Bell says his politically oriented band won’t be “battling anyone.”