31 Jan Battle of The Wanderbands
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Homegrown indie hopefuls were the focus of Karpos Multimedia’s second Wanderband competition held at the Green Sun Hotel on the 31st of January, 2015.
Wanderband 2015 was an open call for amateur indie bands to fight for the chance to win a spot in Wanderland Music Festival’s line-up, along with a cash price of P25,000.00. Through online voting, half of the original 10 artists were chipped away from the competition. Five remaining bands, namely; Ivan Theory, Austin, Dearest, Fools & Foes, and The Strange Creatures were given the opportunity to battle it out in the final round through a performance of both a cover song and an original song in front of a panel of judges namely Mr. John Uy, Events Director of Karpos Multimedia, Mr. Kelley Mangahas, Production Manager of Radio Republic, Mr. Jeff Joson, Marketing Director of Ivory Music, and last but not least, Ms. Aya Villa-real, International and Strategic Label Executive of Warner Music.
Firing off the first shot was Ivan Theory who covered Dakota by the Stereophonics they then performed a song of their own titled, Mistakes. With their ever-evolving sound, Ivan Theory kicked off Wanderband in the best way.
Austin took the stage next with their spine-tingling cover of Interlude + Tessellate by alt-j. Despite their misleading image, Austin swept the crowd by following up with their original song titled Siesta. With their song choices and vocals on point, it’s no wonder why the crowd was smitten with Austin.
Dearest continued the barrage with their riveting cover of Love Lost by The Temper Trap. After effectively getting the crowd hyped up and excited, Dearest kept the energy on a high with their original track, ER. With their dulcet voice blending and engagement with the crowd, Dearest definitely set themselves apart from the competition.
Fools & Foes went in next and seized the opportunity to cover Lucy Rose’s Red Face. Their subtle and sublime sound took the crowd on a trip that wrapped up with their original song, Undesired.
The Strange Creatures were the last to go on stage with their cover of Dirty Paws by Of Monsters and Men and their original song, I Feel Like I’m On Drugs. A fan favorite, The Strange Creatures delivered well with what the crowd expected and continued on to capture everyone in the audience.
Getting the crowd more engaged than they already were, in between performances took place a raffle for all registered attendees wherein they gave away tickets to Wanderland Day Camp 2015, and a ukulele courtesy of Ukelele Manila.
After everything and while the judges were deliberating the performances, The Ransom Collective, Wanderband 2014 victor, took the stage for their last performance before they pass on the Wanderband crown and shared their experiences back when they played live in Wanderland, telling everyone how much of a great stepping stone it was for them – opening a lot of opportunities for the band since they won. And truly, even then, the crowd loved their music.
Facing the waters came to a much awaited payoff. Their band name already being a perfect fit for Wanderland, The Strange Creatures managed to fight their way onto victory and a place in the Wanderland Music Festival 2015 line-up. But it seemed that the judges had a hard time choosing just 1 band, urging them to take a leap of faith and announce that runner-up Austin also nabbed a place in Wanderland 2015’s line-up!
With Strange Creatures and Austin proving that they deserve their spot in the festival, Wanderland Music Festival 2015 is looking to be the ultimate summer go-to for 2015.