Five Minnesota State University, Mankato-based bands will battle for cash and pride. The fifteenth annual MSU battle of the bands will take place Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom on campus. The event will feature bands SueCity, Polis, To Rob a Thief, Dr. Lee and the Terminally Chill and Plagued Insanity (band details below). Over 350 students voted to determine the diverse lineup of bands.
The first place spot wins $300 plus $200 to Rhapsody Music in Mankato. Second place wins $300 and third place wins $100. Bands will be judged on stage performance/enthusiasm, crowd response, music/sound quality and originality. This year's judges consist of a representative from Two Fish Studios in Mankato, two representatives from the local music venue The Whatsup Lounge and student activities director Greg Wilkins.
Student activities group IMPACT coordinated the event. Board member Jennifer Kopischke expressed her optimism about this year's event and band lineup. "It's a great lineup and all the bands playing have a great fan-base in the area," said Kopischke. "IMPACT's Battle has had 400-500 people in attendance in the past. We expect about the same, maybe a little more." Kopischke has worked primarily with IMPACT Concert Company chair Miles Kipper and committee members Rachel Tenney and Rose Caswell in planning the event. For more information about IMPACT and how to get involved click here.
Below are synopses of the bands to compete at the fifteenth annual MSU Battle of the Bands Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.
Dr. Lee and the Terminally Chill - A three-piece band originally from the Madison, Wis. area. The group plays soulful bluesy, classic rock with attitude. Dr. Lee and the Terminally Chill covers the likes of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash and Jimi Hendrix. With skillful guitar work, spot-on vocals and solid drums the group has an impressive arsenal of originals and covers.
Polis - This four-piece group is blazing a new path in Minnesota with their indie sounds of ambient rock. The band is influenced by the likes of Coldplay, Radiohead, Circa Survive, Sigur Rós and Mogwai. Polis mixes the sounds of high-energy melodies with an ambient undertone for an overall well put-together, impressive sound.
To Rob a Thief - This four-piece band has a high-energy, unique indie sound. The group also has softer tracks making their sound very versatile. To Rob a Thief and Polis have appropriately teamed up for live shows because of their compatible sounds. To Rob a Thief provides a solid mixture of delicate and aggressive indie sounds.
SueCity - This five-piece puts together a nonstop aural attack of straight forward rock 'n roll. With a sound more similar to Dr. Lee and Terminally Chill than the other bands, SueCity influences come from no-BS rock music of the eighties. The group is a crowd favorite around the bars because of the high-energy originals and well-known covers.
Plagued Insanity - What some would definitely consider the oddball out in the lineup, this three-piece group mixes humorous lyrical content with face-melting guitar and super speed tempos. Plagued Insanity is influenced by the sounds of eighties metal groups such as Overkill, Megadeth, Van Halen, Anthrax, Quiet Riot and Judas Priest.