The Sounds of Colorado College will host the final round of Battle of the Bands this Saturday, April 15. Six bands will play against each other in an attempt to secure one of two coveted Llamapalooza lineup spots. The first round of Battle of the Bands was in early March, where 16 bands played in Slocum Commons. Now, the best six bands have been selected and are as follows: Frog, Hotel 1937, Despairagus, Mad Wallace, Promiscuous Stepsister, and Coyote Surprise. Promiscuous Stepsister is making a reappearance after their debut at Llamapalooza last year.
Mad Wallace began performing this semester after several years of “stewing in basements for long periods of time,” said senior Mad Wallace drummer Jake Lauer. “Battle of the Bands is one of the most erotic young experiences at CC every year. Keep the tradition going,” he continued. The band plays jam and rock music with influences from Umphrey’s Mcgee, Dave Matthews Band, TouchIt, and Most Bodacious. Other members of the band include seniors Jake Sabetta on guitar, vocals, and cowbells, Jamie Rushford on guitar, and vocals, and alum David Becker on bass. For the final round of Battle of the Bands, seniors Jenna Wu on vocals, Soeren Walls on vocals, James Dineen on vocals, and sophomore Harrison Selle on bass, will be joining Mad Wallace on stage.
Promiscuous Stepsister has been working hard since their debut at Llamapalooza last spring. Sophomore Aaron Alcouloumre said, “[we are] looking forward to making people dance crazy.” Alcouloumre plays trumpet alongside fellow band members sophomores Arin Hines on trombone and Evan Miyawaki on saxophone, and juniors Callum Nesson on guitar, Ben Pita on bass, Jaiel Mitchell on vocals, and alum Andy Post on keys. Promiscuous Stepsister plans to perform three or four originals songs this weekend, since they have been writing more of their own music recently. Their sound encompasses a combination of funk, R&B, and jazz.
Battle of the Bands will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday on Yampa Field. There will be free admission, free food, and SOCC stickers for enthusiastic attendees.