I thoroughly enjoyed Susquehannock High School’s 2013 Battle of the Bands. Just like last year, the bands were a diverse selection. The sound systems were nice and loud, just the way I like them. I could feel the paper program vibrate in my hands. The homemade treats were cheap and tasty. I settled into my seat and mentally commanded “On with the music!”
I especially enjoyed Sound Resistance (formerly Frostbite) when they performed a rollicking version of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ classic tune “Can’t Stop”. I could feel the funk. I also admired the band members’ taste in neckties. (A lot of the bands there took pains with their appearances. I’ve never seen so many wool caps indoors before.)
When the smoke of musical combat cleared, there were three winners. There usually are, it seems.
Third place went to Time Out. They had a marvelous saxophone player. It was a cold night outside, but in the auditorium, the jazz was swingin’ hot. Second place went to my old friends from Wavelength. Now their band has the new, science-sounding name of A Quantum Leap Forward. They dipped into the works of Jimi Hendrix (“Fire,” “Foxy Lady”) and they even found time to work in a trumpet solo. They got a huge ovation. First place went to One Pearl Earring, an all-girl band, who performed their own song, “Origami Birds”.
A un- lauded, but still noteworthy showstopper was when the group Classified played “Godzilla” by Blue Oyster Cult. They were able to do what is usually very difficult – turn a lumbering, destructive behemoth into a playful melody.
If there’s anything better for forgetting your troubles than Battle of the Bands, I don’t know what it is.